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Marion Parker Murder - 1927 Fair warning: This story is unsettling. One of the most brutal crimes in American history was the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old schoolgirl Marion Parker. On Thursday, December 15, 1927 a young man appeared at Mount Vernon Junior High School in Los Angeles claiming to be an associate of Perry Parker, a prominent local banker. The man coolly told the school's registrar that the banker had been seriously injured in a car accident and had requested to speak to his daughter. There were actually twin Parker sisters enrolled in the school--Marion and Marjorie. By chance the registrar fetched Marion who rode off with the man. He was later identified as 19-year-old William Edward Hickman. The Parker family became alarmed when Marion did not return from school. Shortly thereafter they received a ransom note and phone calls from the kidnapper asking for $1500 in gold certificates in exchange for Marion's safe return. One attempt by Marion's father to pay the ransom was thwarted when Hickman spotted police detectives lurking nearby. Another meeting time was secretly arranged by Hickman and Marion's father on December 17 where the money was given to a man in a parked car. Perry Parker saw his daughter wrapped in a blanket slumped in the back seat with her eyes open. At gunpoint the ransom was paid and the driver pushed the girl onto the street and drove away. Marion's father was horrified to find that his daughter was dead. Her eyelids had been sewn open to give the illusion that she was alive. Worse, her head had been severed, her arms and legs had been cut off and she had been disemboweled. (The missing limbs were found the next day in a city park.) The ghastly crime spawned the largest manhunt in southern California's history, one that included 20,000 volunteers. A reward of $100,000 was offered for the capture of the culprit. Several clues, including the discovery of the stolen car used on the night of the money exchange, led to Hickman being named as the key suspect. He was eventually arrested in Echo, OR after spending some of the gold certificates there. Hickman had been a former employee at Parker's bank and had been fired for embezzlement in a forged check scam. He served prison time for the crime. The fingerprint records from the embezzlement charge were used to match those found on the stolen car from the kidnapping. Hickman willingly told police in graphic detail that he had decided to kill Marion because she had discovered his name. She had only been dead about 12 hours before the money exchange. Hickman said he had choked her with a towel to make her unconscious and then began his dismemberment while she was still alive. Hickman--who said he intended to use the $1500 to pay his tuition to attend a bible college!--hoped to avoid the gallows by claiming insanity. He was one of the first defendants in California to try that ploy after it had become an acceptable legal defense. It failed when a fellow prisoner claimed Hickman had asked his advice on how to appear crazy. A jury rejected Hickman's insanity defense in February 1928. Hickman was executed at San Quentin Prison eight months later on October 19. His hand-written confession is on display at the Los Angeles Police Museum. Marion Parker's ghost is said to occupy her former house.
Tags: Marion  Parker  murder  kidnapping  1927 
Added: 13th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jazz Red Cross In this installment of guitarist Tony Spinelli's YouTube series, "Jazz at the Mac," Tony plays guitar and digital drums with a vintage 1944 recording of Charlie Parker on "Red Cross."
Tags: blues  jazz  Charlie  Parker 
Added: 24th November 2009
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Posted By: egyptianpriest
Farewell - Davy Crockett aka Fess Parker Passes at age 85 Fess Parker, a baby-boomer idol in the 1950s who launched a craze for coonskin caps as television's Davy Crockett, died Thursday of natural causes. He was 85. Family spokeswoman Sao Anash said Parker, who was also TV's Daniel Boone and later a major California winemaker and developer, died at his Santa Ynez Valley home. His death came on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella. "She's a wreck," Anash said, adding Parker was coherent and speaking with family just minutes before his death.
Tags: Farewell  -  davy  crockett  Fess  Parker    westerns  coonskin  caps  vintage  TV  classic  television   
Added: 18th March 2010
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Posted By: Cliffy
Baywatch Barbie and Ken Tags: Baywatch  Barbie  and  Ken  David  Hasselhoff    Mitch  Buchannon  Pamela  Anderson    C.  J.  Parker    Mattel,  Inc  Ruth  Handler 
Added: 13th February 2013
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Posted By: Cathy
Dave Parker Throw - 1979 All-Star Game One of the most impressive throws you'll ever see: Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates guns down Brian Downing of the California Angels at the plate in the eighth inning of the 1979 MLB All-Star Game.
Tags: MLB  All-Star  Game  Dave  Parker  throw 
Added: 14th April 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Today Is Back To The Future Day Tags: Back        To        The        Future        October        21        2015        Michael        J.        Fox        as        Marty        McFly        Christopher        Lloyd        as        Dr.        Emmett        "Doc"        Brown        Lea        Thompson        as        Lorraine        Baines-McFly        Crispin        Glover        as        George        McFly        Thomas        F.        Wilson        as        Biff        Tannen        Claudia        Wells        as        Jennifer        Parker        James        Tolkan        as        Mr.        Strickland        Marc        McClure        as        Dave        McFly        Wendie        Jo        Sperber        as        Linda        McFly       
Added: 21st October 2015
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Posted By: Steve
Back To The Future Will All Be In The Past Tags: Back    To    The    Future    October    21    2015    Michael    J.    Fox    as    Marty    McFly    Christopher    Lloyd    as    Dr.    Emmett    "Doc"    Brown    Lea    Thompson    as    Lorraine    Baines-McFly    Crispin    Glover    as    George    McFly    Thomas    F.    Wilson    as    Biff    Tannen    Claudia    Wells    as    Jennifer    Parker    James    Tolkan    as    Mr.    Strickland    Marc    McClure    as    Dave    McFly    Wendie    Jo    Sperber    as    Linda    McFly   
Added: 20th October 2015
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Love on a Rooftop - Failed Sitcom Judy Carne and Peter Deuel (a.k.a. Peter Duel) starred in Love on a Rooftop, an ABC sitcom that had potential but was not renewed beyond its premier 1966-67 season. This is the opening sequence. The plot revolved around a newlywed couple, Dave and Julie Willis, and their humorous struggles to survive in San Francisco on Dave's meager weekly salary of $85.37 he earned as an apprentice architect. Matters were complicated by the fact that Julie came from a well-to-do family. Her father did not approve of their less than luxurious lifestyle and often took it upon himself to try to improve it--causing friction with Dave. Rich Little appeared as neighbor Stan Parker. The show began its 30-episode run on Tuesday nights but switched to Thursday in January 1967. It drew better ratings than another new sitcom, That Girl, that followed it on ABC's Thursday lineup. Strangely That Girl was renewed and ended up having a solid five-year network run while Love on a Rooftop pretty much entered sitcom oblivion. ABC aired reruns during the summer of 1971 partly to promote Peter Duel's new light-hearted western show Alias Smith and Jones. Duel committed suicide on December 31, 1971. He was 31 years old.
Tags: Love  on  a  Rooftop  sitcom  ABC  Judy  Carne  Peter  Duel 
Added: 9th November 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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