Monday, August 18, 2014

Geraldine Soles Espe -- Three's Company

One day after a loan company repossessed the furniture in Espe's home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, the 35-year-old secretary in the office of the Association of Motion Picture Producers loaded her toy fox terrier, "Junior Officer," and her ailing 60-year-old mother into her car and drove off.  The next day, October 22, 1940, a private patrolman in the exclusive Hidden Valley area on the outskirts of the city near the ranch of Will Hays, head of the national producers' group, found the dead trio in a small coupe on the side of the road.  A rubber hose connected to the exhaust pipe led into the car.  A note found in the glove box read, "Insurance policy at office; receipts in hat box in closet.  Will take care of burial."  In Espe's purse was a notice of judgment directing that the furniture be removed from their home.

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