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Sex slaying suspect

June 12, 2007 |  5:26 am

 

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1957_0612_dahlquist June 12, 1957
Los Angeles

An illegal U-turn at Sunset Boulevard and Virgil Avenue at 1 a.m. led to the arrest of Charles Lawrence Dahlquist, a 6-foot-5, 211-pound fugitive from Chicago wanted for questioning in the sex slayings of three boys in 1955.

In searching the car, Officers Mel Tousseau and A.J. Sauro found a stolen license plate. Under questioning, Dahlquist, who had been working as a golf caddy, admitted stealing the car in Hollywood four months earlier.

Dahlquist, of 1735 W. 6th St., fled Chicago while free on $4,000 bail in a case involving the molestation of a 15-year-old boy. While a fugitive, he was indicted in that molestation case and became a suspect in the sex slayings of John Schuessler, 13,  his brother Anton Jr., 11, and their friend Robert Peterson, 14. Anton Schessler Sr. died of a heart attack less than a month after the killing.

According to Chicago investigators, police chemists identified material under the slain boys' fingernails as peat moss and fertilizer as is used on golf courses. The Cook County Sheriff's Department said that the boys' bodies "were thrown like bags of potatoes" into a ditch, which "would suggest that at least two persons or one very powerful person did it," according to the Mirror.

The Times never followed up on the Dahlquist story. However, in 1995 a former stable hand named Kenneth Hansen was convicted in the killings. Hansen was retried and convicted again in 2002. His case is under appeal.

 

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Retired Chicago Detective James A. Jack wrote a book about the case titled: "Three Boys Missing." Elmer H. Johnson and Carol Holmes Johnson have also written a book on the case: "Shattered Sense of Innocence." Gene O'Shea, meanwhile, has written "Unbridled Rage" on the case.

Important warning: I have not read any of these books and list them merely for informational purposes. Given my experiences on the Black Dahlia case, I am highly suspicious of anything purporting to be a "true" crime book. Such works are often highly fictionalized, full of mistakes and usually not worth the paper they are printed on.

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