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June 14, 1957
Los Angeles


Charles Hilbert Dodd was eager to kill someone. If he couldn't find his estranged wife, Dolores, then he'd shoot whomever he could get.

Armed with a 16-gauge shotgun, Dodd, 47, of 6415 Balcom Ave., Reseda, showed up at the home of a casual acquaintance, Charles A. Barlow, 35, 13005 Chandler Blvd.   "You've got to make a telephone  call ... got to help me find my wife," Dodd said.

When Barlow told Dodd that he couldn't come in the house until he put down his shotgun, Dodd fired, hitting Barlow in the hand, then barged into the living room and fired twice more, shooting Barlow in both legs.

Dodd waved the shotgun and told Barlow and his wife, Joyce, 23, "drive me somewhere and be quick about it." Dodd pushed the couple outside, but let Joyce go back into the house to get the car keys. As Dodd forced Barlow to walk to the corner where Dodd's car was parked, Joyce called the police. [Note: I know none of this makes sense, but the man was out of his mind--lrh]

In the meantime, Barlow got a cane out of Dodd's car and began hitting him with it. Joyce Barlow returned and began wrestling with Dodd over the shotgun, but he pushed her away and shot her husband in the abdomen.

Then he shot himself in the head.

Joyce, a recent immigrant from England, told police that although they didn't know the Dodds well, Dolores Dodd had briefly been to their home shortly before Dodd arrived. Police said Charles Dodd had been charged with domestic abuse and on June 4 was sentenced to a year's probation.

What became of Joyce Barlow and Dolores Dodd? No further information is available.

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