Evidence in the trial of William Edward Hickman, b.1908-d.1928. Hickman was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker. Hickman abducted Parker from her school, claiming her father, a prominent local banker, was in the hospital and had requested to see her. After kidnapping Marion, Hickman sent ransom notes to her family, who agreed to pay a sum of $1500 for her return. However, when her father delivered the money at the agreed-upon time and location, the kidnapper drove off, dumping Marion Parker's dismembered corpse into the street as he fled.A massive manhunt began for Marion's killer. Police pieced together evidence leading them to suspect Hickman, a former employee of the Parker family, who had been arrested due to a complaint by Mr. Parker involving forged checks several years prior. One week after Marion's corpse was discovered, two officers in a coffee shop in Echo, OR recognized Hickman from wanted posters plastered up and down the west coast.Eventually, Hickman confessed to another murder, as well as a dozen armed robberies. Although his lawyers attempted to plead insanity for Hickman, the jury convicted him of murder, and he was sentenced to death. Hickman died by hanging in San Quentin prison in 1928.
Louis R. Payne sits with his face in his hands at his inquest for the murder of his mother and brother. His father, Lucius F. Payne, sits at his side.Louis Rude Payne, 21 years of age, used a camping axe to kill his mother, 45-year-old Carrie L. Payne, and 15-year-old brother Robert in their Westwood mansion home. Payne turned himself in for the killings of four to five days after their deaths, at a Huntington Beach police station. When he turned himself in, detectives found on his person both a letter and a telegram addressed to his father Lucius Payne, a St. Louis businessman, confessing to the crime, apologizing for his actions, and explaning that he did not know what impulse it was that drove him to the murders. Although he was questioned repeatedly, no motive for the murders was ever discovered, save for what Payne termed a force stronger than himself that compelled him to commit the crimes.Payne was convicted of the two murders, but found to be insane at the time of the crimes. He was confined to psychiatric treatment at the Mendocino State Hospital at Talmadge, in Mendocino County, CA. His father stood by him throughout his trial and conviction.
William E. MacFaden (1913-1992) became the youngest judge in the state of California when he was sworn in as Redondo Beach city judge on July 1934. After he was admitted to the California Bar in 1936, MacFaden opened a family law practice in Redondo Beach, where he served as city attorney from 1941 to 1947. He also was Hawthorne's city attorney from 1944 to 1946. In 1960, MacFaden became a judge in South Bay Municipal Court. Gov. Edmund G. Brown elevated him to the Superior Court bench in 1963. Over the years, he served as presiding judge of the county's juvenile court, family law and mental health departments, and the Torrance Superior Court.
Louis Payne sits with his father, Lucius F. Payne, on the day of his inquest for the murder of his mother and brother. Louis Rude Payne, 21 years of age, used a camping axe to kill his mother, 45-year-old Carrie L. Payne, and 15-year-old brother Robert in their Westwood mansion home.
Crowd at the inquest for Louis R. Payne who was convincted for the murder of his mother and brother. Louis Rude Payne, 21 years of age, used a camping axe to kill his mother, 45-year-old Carrie L. Payne, and 15-year-old brother Robert in their Westwood mansion home.
Detective Lieutenant Joseph Filkas appears at a press conference involving the murder of Mrs. Celia L. Holmes. He is probably announcing his discovery of new evidence which was a small white button found near the murder scene.
Bailiff Frank Koehane (on far left) and boxing promoter Jack "Doc" Kearns (center) and an unidentified man stand in a courtroom. Possibly related to charges made against Kearns for a walkathon he promoted.