Two sisters, May and Nina Martin, 12 and 8, disappeared from the Glen Airy District at the base of the Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles on August 23, 1924. Most houses were no more than a few years old and some streets and lots were graded but houses were yet to be built. The children lived one block west of the same La Brea Avenue that is just west of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. It was the same La Brea the Boy Scouts ran down to the Inglewood police station after finding the bodies of three little girls in 1937.
Almost directly south of the Glen Airy district and over a barren field known as the slough, two other sisters’ bodies were found with the body of their friend in 1937 in the Baldwin Hills. Albert Dyer was convicted of the murder of Madeline Everett, 6-years-old, and Melba Everett, 9-years-old, and their friend Jeanette Stephens, 8-years-old. He was hanged. My previous book, Colder Case, explains why he was wrongly executed and mentions this 1924 case because Dyer’s lawyers and many concerned citizens thought the man, or men, that killed the Everett sisters and their friend also killed the Martin sisters about 13 years earlier. Today we would call the suspect a serial killer.
From the California State Archives, this is their story, the story of two little girls whose mother and grandmother believed justice abandoned because the wrong man was about to be wrongfully executed.