The young men were former schoolmates of William Edward Hickman, confessed kidnapper and murderer of Marion Parker, age 12. Both Hale Sparks and Sam Burnham attended Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where William Hickman lived prior to Parker's murder. Solomon Laykin attended Los Angeles High School with Hickman when he lived in California. Hickman was sentenced to death after a 13-day trial. He was executed at San Quentin, October 19, 1928.
Two photographs placed side-by-side, each displaying an enlarged right fingerprint. Thirteen-points of comparison are drawn on each image. The prints were believed to belong to William Edward Hickman, who kidnapped and murdered 12-year old Marion Parker in December of 1927.
Deputy Sheriff Claude Peters was special guard to William Edward Hickman during his extradition from Oregon in 1927 through his 1928 trial. Hickman remained in the custody of Peters, along with Jailer Frank Dewar and Undersheriff Eugene Biscailuz, before his transfer to San Quentin prison, March 1928. Hickman was executed on October 19, 1928.
Photograph of a “Golden Rule” notebook belonging to William Edward Hickman. Hickman kidnapped for ransom and murdered Marion Parker, aged 12. The notebook was retrieved after Hickman's capture in Echo, Oregon, and was investigated to ascertain whether Hickman had a female accomplice in Parker’s kidnapping. It is not clear whether the notebook was photographed in 1927 or 28. Hickman was executed at San Quentin, October 19, 1928.
Utility poles, dwellings and other structures line the railroad tracks of Echo, Oregon, as seen from a train. This is the town where William Edward Hickman was captured by Oregon police officers, Cecil "Buck" Lieuallen and Thomas Gurdane, after an eight-day manhunt.
William Edward Hickman, third from left, poses for a photograph with police officers and prison officials. On the far right is Los Angeles County Jailer Frank Dewar and second from right is Undersheriff Eugene Biscailuz.