Monday, December 23, 2013
Jeanette Lafferty -- HE Took Her Off
Minutes after dropping her boyfriend off to meet a train at the Thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia on August 14, 1950, the 24-year-old singer paid her toll at the Camden, New Jersey, bridge, drove 20 feet from the booth, and parking amidst bridge traffic, pressed the muzzle of a .22-caliber rifle against her left temple and pulled the trigger. Lafferty, an elementary school teacher in Woodbury, New Jersey, died in Cooper Hospital three and a half hours later. In the bloodstained car, authorities found five suitcases filled with clothes, and postcard sized photographic cards advertising the "Lafferty Sisters," Jeanette and her sister Beulah who, with a ventriloquist's dummy described as the "third member of the family," entertained on local radio and in private "Temperance Engagements Only." A note found in her handbag read: "I'm done living. God put me on earth. He is taking me off because I've failed miserably."