Who were the victims?

Sykes

So far it is possible that a serial killer let two other men suffer the sentences he deserved. S.C. Stone (Book 1) and Albert Dyer (Book 2) were both convicted of murdering little girls. Stone was convicted of murdering May and Nina Martin and after his death sentence was commuted he was eventually released from prison in 1941 due to a “lack of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.” Albert Dyer was convicted for murdering Melba and Madeline Everett and their friend Jeanette Stephens. He was executed.

There is evidence that connects these two Los Angeles crimes near the Baldwin Hills with the murder of Virginia Brooks (Book 3) and Louise Teuber near San Diego, both still cold cases. Investigators in central California also thought the death of 11-year-old Jackie Sykes, who was found nude and hanging from a tree in 1932, was related.

Book 4 of The Colder Case Series, one of the most difficult to stomach, if that seems possible, takes us East, where another little girl was murdered in the same manner as Virginia Brooks. 1937 was a very deadly year for children. It seems our serial killer got around.

Unspeakable

The new background image of the web site is of a too-similar funeral in 1937. It is included in Snake Avenue, but I have gigs and gigs of research, much of it shocking and disturbing, and this picture is probably the most powerful. There is no understanding on any of their faces. There is bewilderment, confusion, pain and suffering, maybe anger, but why they are there, why they have to be there, cannot be found by searching the little girls’ expressions. There are no giggles. There is no chatter. Their lips are sealed in the unspeakable beyond comprehension.

“Scenes of a Crime” – Documentary of a False Confession

Wrongful Convictions Blog

ScenesOfaCrimeSue Luttner posted a commentary on this film yesterday on her blog On SBS.

If you want to have a better understanding of how false confessions can happen, and why an innocent person would confess to something they didn’t do, here’s an ‘eye opener.’   The opening paragraph of Sue’s post:  “After watching “Scenes of a Crime” over the weekend, I now know why this potent documentary has garnered so much praise.  Filmmakers Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh have interspersed actual footage from the lengthy police interrogation of an accused father in Troy, New York, with excerpts from Reid Technique training films and commentary by key players in the case. The result is a clean, careful, and gripping illustration of how a man can be manipulated into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit.”

While this particular case involves SBS (shaken baby syndrome), the methods are the same…

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From the Baldwin Hills looking down from about the same perspective as the cover of Colder Case

The Village Green in 1943.

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Sisters and a friend

Children and families undone.
Children and families undone.