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beemoe
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:50 am    Post subject: "The Changeling" Reply with quote

I saw this movie over the weekend. As I was watching it, I realized it was about the "City Hall Gang"........good movie!
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jomahmah
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book "Sunshine and Wealth" touches much on the subject. The hard-driving minister in real life was the Rev. Robert Shuler Sr.

The missing child was actually killed by a neighborhood kid, not some kidnapping maniac from "Wineville".
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FINCEN
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Interesting San Bernardino tie to the case. Reply with quote

Stater Brothers/Wineville Murders Connection
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Southern Californians are familiar with the Stater Brothers grocery store chain, which is known for its comparitively low prices and “down home” family image. Based in Colton, California, it is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern Cal and the largest employer in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). The chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown has been named America’s Retailer of the Year twice and is well known for his community involvement and strong company leadership.

He may be less known for being the son of Jack H. Brown Sr. , a San Bernardino County lawman who investigated the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders. Brown Sr. was recruited and cross-deputized in 1928 by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to assist with the investigation of a serial child murderer.

Brown Sr. searched the perimeter of Gordon Stewart Northcott’s ranch after parents notified authorities that their children had not returned home after working for Northcott. Northcott had placed help wanted ads in newspapers and hired the depression-era boys to work on his ranch. Brown Sr. discovered a broken ukelele while searching Northcott’s ranch and tied it to the disappearance of brothers Nelson and Lewis Winslow, whose parents reported that the younger Winslow boy had a ukelele with him when he disappeared.

Brown and other investigators began digging up the ranch and found evidence of the murders, although no bodies were ever found. During this time, Northcott and his mother fled to Canada and were arrested. It was Brown Sr. who drove in his patrol car to Canada to interrogate Northcott and brought him back to Riverside County to face charges. Brown Sr. also accompanied Northcott to San Quentin where he was executed.

According to a San Bernardino Sun article, Brown Jr. provided a copy of “The Badge”, a 16 page book detailing his father’s role in the Northcott case, to Clint Eastwood’s production company a few years back, hoping that it would inspire a movie about his father. Eastwood instead made the film about Christine Collins and the LAPD.
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beemoe
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:00 am    Post subject: From Beemoe Reply with quote

Thanks fellas. I never knew the stort behind the story. I`m curious that no bodies were ever found. It would have been more interesting (to me) to give more detail on the syndicate (City Hall Boys). Was that Byron Waters presiding?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:52 am    Post subject: The Honorable Reply with quote

Well it was the system that Judge Waters helped to establish that kept alot of the evidence from being presented at trial. There were bodies found but they were disposed of after the Northcutt cases were concluded. The shame of the matter is they disposed of those bodies in many cases with identifying whose remains were whose. They felt it best to end the entire affair without creating to much of a mess for all involved.
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