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Prowler terrorizes L.A.

 

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July 1, 1957
Los Angeles

Detective Sgts. W.R. "Bud" Schottmiller and J.B. Close of the Hollywood Division have little to go on after a prowler broke into an apartment to rape a young woman somewhere on Irving Boulevard (the newspapers, incredibly, did not give the victim's address this time--more about this later).

Maybe he was the same man who killed Marjorie Hipperson, or the one who killed Ruth Goldsmith--and maybe not. Maybe he was even the same man who broke into an apartment on Fountain and struggled with a woman before leaving.

All police know is that he came up the fire escape and broke in through French doors about 3:30 a.m. There are some fingerprints on a 10-inch steak knife that he left in the apartment, officials say, but only enough to eliminate or implicate possible suspects.

To be continued...

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