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Changeling stories -- Part I

October 26, 2008 |  8:12 am


Police Capt. Jones and LAPD officers search the lake in Lincoln Park for the body of Walter Collins, Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1928.

The boy claiming to be Walter Collins poses with Christine Collins, Aug. 18, 1928

Several regular readers have asked to see the original stories that formed the basis of the current movie "Changeling," written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Clint Eastwood. The movie's website is here>>>

Alas, The Times published far more stories than I can ever upload to the Daily Mirror. Over the next few days, I'll try to post a few of them just to give a sample of the coverage--and of course the competition also filed stories that would only be available on microfilm at the Los Angeles Public Library.

The Times stories are available from The Times archive or via ProQuest from the Los Angeles Public Library (you will need a library card to sign in). 

Photo of the real Walter Collins

A Glendale service station attendant says he saw the missing boy in the back of a car.
Police suspect kidnapping is retaliation against boy's father, a Folsom inmate.
Missing boy found in DeKalb, Ill., refuses to identify "daddy."
"I do not think that is my boy," Christine Collins says.
Police insist boy is Walter Collins despite statements that he was killed.
Mother returns boy, saying he's not her son.
Handwriting expert says boy is not Walter Collins.