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 first I heard of this case in was 2004. There was the claim the “pied piper” killer enticed the children to walk a block behind him up into the hills. This map by the L.A. Times has the crime scene location 1 1/2 miles farther north than the testimony indicated, at about where Coliseum Street is today. Given this route of 5 miles, that seemed if not impossible then highly unlikely. The parents thought the same and there was a hunt for an old car the girls were seen in at the time. In starts and stops due to it being difficult, these contradictions led to 10 years of research and to the conclusion the wrong man was hanged while the girls’ real killer remained free.
The children lived where the red line is drawn. There were houses on the north side of the street until the 50s and 60s. Note the plunge upper right and the tennis courts at bottom. Veteran’s Memorial Building (built in 1934) is far left at the corner of Warren Lane and Centinela Ave. Florence used to be Redondo Blvd.
Still not sure what it means but Pandora is playing perfect music.
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