Even Mother Thinks Bev's Been Around
If there was ever any humor in the frenzied escapades of Beverly Aadland and her mother, it's long gone now.
It's buried with the body of William Stanciu, blurred by grim headlines which have caused mass indigestion even in Hollywood, where a little amorality is the norm, and blotted out by some equally grim photographs of a 17-year-old girl, armed with a bottle of wine, doing battle with her loving mother.
If there's anything funny about that, then I'm getting old. I've lost my sense of humor.
A few days ago Mrs. Aadland told me, "They can't send my baby to Juvenile Hall. There's no telling what she'll learn from those nasty girls in there."
I didn't argue the point with her, but the thought occurred to me that "those nasty girls" might get more tips from Beverly than they could offer in exchange.
| Certainly, there will be kids there who'll look up to her because of her distinction of having an affair with Errol Flynn. And they'll be more than willing, if Beverly's in a talkative mood, to listen to every detail.|
This puts me in the strange position of being in agreement with Mrs. Aadland. I don't think Beverly belongs in Juvenile Hall.
She's obviously past the playpen and kid glove stage.
A Juvenile Court petition has alleged that since the age of 12, Beverly has been permitted "to seek the company of male adults and to live with a 50-year-old male who was married to another woman."
It's also charged, among other things, that she has worked as a $100-a-night call girl and that her mother has been unable to control her activities.
And I don't think that even Florence Aadland will deny that her daughter has been around.
Having had occasion to interview them both, I've come to the conclusion that the 17-year-old Beverly is one hell of a lot more mature than her 53-year-old mother.
It's going to be a real dilemma for any conscientious authority to come up with the answer of how to handle her.
It's ludicrous to consider her a child. And in Juvenile Hall, she could very likely be contagious.
But by the law, she is a child.
A Pertinent Question
While I certainly don't condone the actions of any of the adults who've been consorting with her, I question the claim of the D.A.'s office that her more recent adult friends have contributed much to the delinquency of this minor.
I don't think that they're despoilers of innocent maidenhood.
This maid, quite obviously, was despoiled a goodly time ago.
But the district attorney's claim does bring up another interesting point.
The grown men who have attended or crashed her impromptu parties -- or invited her to parties of their own -- have placed themselves in the untenable position of being unable to deny that they didn't know the child's age.
Her age is the second-best-known thing about Beverly Aadland.
Whatever the eventual decision of our Juvenile Court is, and whoever gets burned by having associated with her, there's one thing for certain:
Seventeen-year-old Beverly is going to put our state's rehabilitation devices to a real test.