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Garden Grove Teenagers Find Severed Head

  May 11, 1961, Severed Head  


  Lampson and Knott  
  Lampson Avenue and Knott Street via Google street view.  

April 30-May 18, 1961: Three Garden Grove teenagers riding their bikes along Lampson Avenue near Knott Street, an area of tomato fields, find a woman's head wrapped in a plastic bag that had fallen out of a box marked "fragile."

In the next few days, other body parts were discovered across Southern California: A leg near Big Pines in Angeles National Forest and a torso in Box Canyon in Ventura County.

The victim was initially identified as  Dorothy Hamilton, but she and her husband were found in Las Vegas. Then local newspapers published a sketch of the victim and her family identified her as Hildreth Shaw, 51. 

Her husband, Darlington W. Shaw, a cabinetmaker, admitted killing her and dismembering the body in the bathtub of their Santa Monica apartment. He was sentenced to life in prison.

  May 18, 1961, Severed Head  

  April 30, 1961, Severed Head  

  May 1, 1961, Severed Head  

  May 7, 1961, Severed Head  

  May 11, 1961, Severed Head  

  May 18, 1961, Severed Head  

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That was my high school mentioned in the article below, Roosevelt High ~


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