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Body at Point Mugu

 

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Nov. 13, 1957
Point Mugu
1957_1114_bosley_mug Let's suppose you are the Ventura County coroner. The body of a man in his 20s is found washed up on the beach near Point Mugu, below Mugu Rock, according to news accounts. He's wearing a sports coat, sports shirt and slacks, but the pockets have been ripped out of his trousers and any means of identification have been removed from his clothing.

Ventura County sheriff's detectives say that the man was murdered, noting that the cuts on his face and head were inflicted before he died.

A foreign auto abandoned near the beach is traced to USC engineering student Clement Bosley, 23, 2403 Garth Ave. Bosley's roommate, Marion Dudek, a UCLA engineering student, says he and Bosley came out together from Detroit the year before and work part time at Hughes Aircraft. Dudek says Bosley "didn't have an enemy in the world."

Dudek says Bosley vanished from their apartment Nov. 10, a Sunday, and had no reason to commit suicide. "It had to be an accident," Dudek says.

Maybe I'm just the suspicious type, but Ventura County Corner Virgil Payton was not. His decision: No inquest. Bosley's death was a "probable accident."

I can find no further information in The Times about Bosley or Dudek. But I have to feel that some part of the puzzle is missing.

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