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Voices -- Christine Collins, September 13, 1925

December 16, 2008 |  6:00 am

The Christine Collins letters

The woman whose tragedy inspired the Clint Eastwood movie "Changeling" tells her story in her own words.

From the California State Archives

Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 13, 1925

Christine_collins_letter_1925_091_2Mr. Gannon,
No. 1 Sansome St.
San Francisco, Calif.

Dear Sir,

I am writing you in regard to my husband Walter J. Collins imprisoned at Represa, Calif.

Mr. Gannon will you please see what can be done to gain my husband's freedom?

He is all that my babe and I have in this world and we really need his support. I am sure you will never regret giving him a parole and I will do all I can to see that he become a respected citizen. It seems so unfair that he was given such an excessive sentence when he was convicted on circumstantial evidence.

I have done all I could to help him and even borrowed two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) and forwarded to a lawyer in S.F. to help him gain freedom. I sent this money by post office money order last March to Atty. Ernest B.D. Spagnoli, 820 Washington St., S.F. and as yet have not received an answer nor has he done anything for us.

Which is worse. Mr. Collins was arrested for supposed robbery yet this lawyer robbed a hardworking woman of a loan and is regarded as a citizen.

Mr. Gannon, will you please do what you can for me and speak a good word for Mr. Colins in order to gain a parole for him? Please help us.

Hoping you will grant me this one great favor, I remain,

Very respectfully,

Mrs. W.J. Collins,
217 N. Ave. 23,
Los Angeles, Calif.