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Spade Cooley: 'I'm not sure, but I think Ella Mae is dead'

April 5, 2011 |  2:22 am





  Spade Cooley, Oct. 19, 1949  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Oct. 15, 1949: Spade Cooley and his daughter Melody pose for a publicity photo aboard his yacht.


  April 5, 1961, Spade Cooley  

April 5, 1961: In a switch from its usual policy of keeping lurid killings off the front page, The Times puts the Spade Cooley story on Page 1 (below the fold).  
 
John, his son from a previous marriage, said: "Dad and mother had not been getting along for weeks. I don't think there was, but Dad had a fixation there was someone else. Dad has a violent temper. But he never beat me. He wouldn't try to take me on. And, as far as I know, he never harmed Melody or Donny.

"He can't be sane to have done a thing like this, can he? Do you know how she died? It was terrible, wasn't it? He just doesn't stand a ghost of a chance."




 
  Spade Cooley, April 5, 1961  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

April 5, 1961: Reporters wait outside the Cooleys' ranchouse.

  April 5, 1961, Spade Cooley  

  April 5, 1961, Spade Cooley  

image April 5, 1961, Spade Cooley

  April 5, 1961, Spade Cooley
Spade Cooley, April 5, 1961
 
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