The Christine Collins letters
The woman whose tragedy inspired the Clint Eastwood movie "Changeling" tells her story in her own words.
Los Angeles, Calif.Dear Mr. Clark
Nov. 1, 1930
I am writing you a few lines to let you know that I appreciate your kindness toward my husband, Walter J. Collins. In his letter, he tells me how lovely you are to him and I want to thank you for this consideration.
I understand that Walter is eligible for parole very soon and I sincerely do hope he will be given his freedom this time. That poor soul has suffered about as much as I have in the last few years. I am doing all I can to help him. He always was a good man as his behavior at the prison proves.
I have been trying to secure a position for him in the event the members of the prison board see fit to grant Walter a parole, so as he may have employment upon his release. I have been doing my utmost to help poor Walter and I hope my efforts will not be in vain.
I attended an entertainment last Wednesday evening given by the Knights of Pythias in honor of their annual roll call. I met several people knights of course and when I informed them that my father had been a brother knight for 35 years they became very much interested. You know it is their duty to help one another and the families of brother members, even the deceased.
The committee chairman said he would do what he could to help me so I have to appear before their members at their next meeting.
If Walter is permitted to that order I want him to join and be someone. Everyone things it so strange that I remain so loyal to him after all these years. It will have been seven years since Walter was taken away on the 16th of this month.
I believe in constancy, especially where there is doubt as to guilt. I always did believe Walter were a victim of circumstance and "framed" upon.
I hope I may have Walter home by Xmas. I have seen so many sad holidays that my joy would know no bounds if he were home by then.
I hope this finds you well, Mr. Clark, and again thanking you for your kindness toward Walter, I remain
Your sincere friend,
Mrs. Walter J. Collins
2614 N. Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.