Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Incident on Primrose Ave.

August 30, 1947

18-month-old Robin Maria Dier found a little piece of metal, a bolt or a screw, at her home at 6323 Primrose Ave., and playfully stuck it in her mouth. Her mother saw her do it, and tried to take it away, but the child toddled off without releasing her prize.

A few moments later, she was gasping and turning blue. The Fire Department inhalator squad arrived and fed oxygen to Robin for 90 minutes, while Dr. Nicholas Mamulario of Hollywood Receiving Hospital performed a tracheotomy. Her condition appeared to be improving, so the technicians prepared the child for the trip to Children's Hospital. Then she died.

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1 comment:

Larry said...

Skeleton Found
in Flats Above
Sierra Madre

A headless skeleton, possibly that of a woman and probably a murder victim, was found last night under a burlap sack in Chantry Flats at the head of Santa Anita Canyon, about three miles north of Sierra Madre.

The skeleton, with the arms folded and the legs drawn up against the chest, had been left there 24 to 36 hours previously, Lt. Garner Brown of the sheriff’s Temple City substation believes.

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The discovery by camper John Beener of 3743 E. 7th St. only became more puzzling. Investigation revealed that the deceased, an elderly woman about 5-foot-2, had been embalmed, excluding the possibility of murder. Medical examiners also ruled out the possibility that the remains were a cadaver used for anatomy classes.

“This left the possibility the body … might have been dumped at the campground by a ghoul. This possibility was being investigated by checking cemeteries in this area,” The Times said.

Boy Scouts unsuccessfully searched the area for the skull and other missing parts of the body. No further stories appeared, so the unfortunate victim apparently remained unidentified. But this incident was far from the only time human remains were found in the area:

--1929, boys find the body of Pasadena artist H.J.O. Pohl next to a bottle labeled “strychnine.”

--1954, a hiker finds bones off Santa Anita Canyon Road near Chantry Flats.

--1956, Boy Scouts find bones of a man who was apparently digging in a hillside when it collapsed.

--1971, cabin owner Paul Sharp finds a skeleton under a wrecked 1967 Volkswagen registered to Milton Honowitz that apparently plunged into the canyon from Chantry Flats Road. Honowitz, of Pasadena, had been missing for about seven months.

--1979, a state forestry employee finds remains identified as 12-year-old Robin Christine Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Rodney James Alcala, a former Times composing room employee, was sentenced to the gas chamber in 1980 in the killing, but his conviction was overturned twice. His third trial in the murder is to begin in October.