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.
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.
Virginia Brooks was missing for a month before her body was found. Was a serial killer responsible? The two little Martin sisters were murdered in 1924, and two more sisters in 1937, the Everett sisters along with their friend Jeanette Stephens. This third book is a detailed report that puts together the facts found at the time of this similar murder of little Virginia Brooks in 1931. The investigators did all they could with the science available to them, and tried so hard to solve the case it is now a fascinating look into the history of forensic science, including entomology and horticulture. Virginia’s story will never end, but this account ends by daring to take a guess at who the police may have overlooked due to them not having the forensic science and criminal profiling tools that are available today. Can you guess who was overlooked?