Photograph was edited for publication purposes. Mrs. Kate Hayden, 71, wife of real estate developer Samuel Hayden, was murdered in her Beverly Hills mansion on February 9, 1955. Police initially questioned two men, one a former butler who had been fired two weeks before the murder. Both men had alibis, however, and were released after taking lie-detector tests. The family's maid, Peggy King, also known as Margaret Moore, took a lie-detector test as well. King's test was not as conclusive, and after questioning she broke down and confessed to the killing. She told police she and Mrs. Hayden had been arguing about the preparation of a meal. After striking the older woman with the ax many times, she staged the crime scene to make it look like a robbery and told police she hadn't seen anything. Photograph caption dated February 14, 1955 reads "Margaret Moore, also known as Peggy King, tearfully embraces her brother Milton Johnson in court. 'I am sorry, I am sorry.'" Johnson is standing in front of his sister, cupping her face.
1 photographic print :b&w ;36 x 29 cm. Photographic prints