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May 24, 1938

May 24, 2008 | 10:48 am

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His name was Dwight Tyler Simpson, a 32-year-old business student from Laconia, N.H. 1938_0524_simpson
Not an enemy in the world, apparently, except for somebody who broke a milk bottle on his skull and strangled him.

Dwight had been living at 747 S. New Hampshire, a 24-unit apartment built in 1921. The assistant manager and the houseboy noticed his door was open and found him next to the bed with pieces of the broken milk bottle in the bed and on the floor.


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Police found two glasses and a nearly empty liquor bottle in the kitchen. His wallet and car were missing. There was blood on the clothing in Dwight's closet and a bloody towel in the bathroom.

An 18-year-old named Joaquin Lopez says that at 11 on the night before the killing, Dwight called to say he found Joaquin's wallet on the beach in Santa Monica, fixing the time of death between 11 p.m. and noon the next day. 

The only other clue is that Dwight told people that he was expecting a visit from a friend who worked as a sailor on a ship traveling between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Dwight's car eventually turned up near his apartment and police took some fingerprints. "It's our best hope for a solution of the crime," Police Capt. Bert Wallis said. The killing was apparently never solved.

Also on the cover, the Earle Kynette trial continues.

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