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Ed, she shot me

 

1957_0512

May 12, 1957
Redondo Beach

After a night of drinking, Mabel N. Donnells returned home about 2:30 a.m. Her husband, Robert, who had also gone out drinking--but not with her--came home about the same time and they began arguing.

Robert accused her of going out with other men, hit her and pushed her into their house at 2217 Nelson Lane, Redondo Beach.

Two weeks earlier, Robert bought a .22-caliber rifle for Mabel to protect herself against a peeping Tom who was roaming the neighborhood. Mabel got the rifle and shot Robert above the left hip, severing a major artery.

He staggered next door to the home of Edmund A. Laney and gasped: "Ed, she shot me...." He died en route to Harbor General Hospital.

The Times failed to follow up on this story, so we don't know what became of Mabel except that she was held on suspicion of murder.

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