Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret

Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret

In the summer of 1937, with the Depression deep and World War II looming, a California crime stunned an already grim nation. Three little girls were lured away from a neighborhood park to unthinkable deaths. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged, and his sensational trial captivated audiences from coast to coast. Justice was swift, and the con In the summer of 1937, with the Depression deep and World War II looming, a California crime stunned an already grim nati...

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Title:Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret
Author:Pamela Everett
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:151073130X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:264 pages pages

Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret Reviews

  • Karen & Gerard
    Jul 09, 2018
    This book is hard to read because of what it describes, but it is gripping too which makes it hard to put down! The pacing of this book is well done. The writing really made me feel like I was right there. I always enjoy reading about true events that I am not up to speed on, but I can...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 13, 2018
    Writing is very rudimentary but well reported. ...
  • Marialyce
    May 05, 2018
    I found this book hard to place a star value upon. Reading about this horrific crime was heart wrenching. The wanton murder of three little innocent girls, Madeline and Melba Everett and Jeanette Stephens was a crime that heralded in the age of the sex crime unit and provided the co...
  • Ann
    Jun 11, 2018
    To read this book about a family secret explored shortly after reading "Mindhunter" proved to be intriguing. The author, the niece of two of the little girls killed, uncovers the back story of this tragedy, including the likely news that the one convicted was not the killer. Rather the...
  • Marianne Hetzer Hawn
    Aug 14, 2018
    Disturbing times two. 1) Every parent's nightmare comes true; three young girls lured from a crowded playground in broad daylight and savagely murdered. 2) Was the wrong man targeted, badgered into confessing, tried, convicted and executed? Three families irreparably damaged. Have we m...
  • Ronna
    Jul 12, 2018
    Sad and interesting tale, with a reminder that even now in 2018, people still get found 'guilty' of crimes they didn't commit just because it's 'easier' than finding out the truth. ...
  • Jane Thompson
    Aug 05, 2018
    True Crime Story This is an interesting book. The author tells the long forgotten story of the murders of her aunts when they were children. The murders are horrifying, and so is the treatment of the defendant. Sure does a good job of telling the story of their lives and deaths, and...
  • Lorie
    Sep 09, 2018
    First, let me just say that having Reno author Pamela Everett, an attorney with the Innocence Project and a UNR professor of criminal justice, meet with our book club was a wonderful privilege. She told us about the very personal journey that ended with the publication of Little Shoes....
  • Suzanne
    Aug 19, 2018
    Wrongful Conviction??? An early case of a possible wrongful conviction. Long before testing and DNA was available. Did Dwyer really kill those little girls or was his confession coerced like so many since that time ...
  • Meghan
    Jul 30, 2018
    I think there were a few issues with this book but it was a moving personal story from the author. It also brought back to life, however briefly, three little girls who were killed way before their time and had some insights into the grief of their families. Ultimately it was a bit uns...
  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    Feb 04, 2018
    It's very difficult to rate this book at all, given the horrific nature of the crimes - which I am glad are not given in detail. The generalities were bad enough. The books is full of heartbreak and tragedy, and justice not served. I wanted to know more about Godsey, and what else migh...
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    Aug 14, 2018
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  • Fishface
    Aug 09, 2018
    An Enlightening Read About A Horrifying Story This is a short read, but satisfying -- as satisfying as a horrific story like this probably can be. If you thought not much could be worse than a triple child murder, wait until you see what the author does with what I thought all this ...
  • Stephen Selbst
    Aug 04, 2018
    A fascinating look at a sensational murder trial in Los Angeles in the 1930s, written by a relative of two of the victims. Pamela Everett tells the story of the crime and the trial skillfully and makes a strong argument that the wrong man mat have been convicted and hanged. A great and...
  • Enigmaticblue
    Jul 20, 2018
    This was a fast, easy read that raised some really interesting questions. ...
  • Myrna
    Aug 02, 2018
    Memories of little shoes A sweet memorial of the authors family members who were murdered in their innocence of childhood. The unfortunate killings of three little girls further compounded by hanging an innocent man in all likelihood. ...
  • Melissa
    Aug 09, 2018
    A tough subject but a good read. Definitely a different take with the personal connection to the victims. ...
  • J
    Jun 12, 2018
    Enjoyed is the wrong word to use in describing my reaction to this book. It does, after all, describe a sensational murder. I did find the book very interesting. As a lawyer--though not one who practices criminal law--and an amateur genealogist, I found the search to find out how a...
  • Kate
    Aug 09, 2018
    Very sad story about the murder of three little girls in 1937. Even sadder is the miscarriage of justice that led to a man with the IQ of a 9 year old being executed for their murders when he obviously was not the killer. I think the author is correct in her assessment of who the real ...
  • Rachel Dows
    Sep 05, 2018
    Well-written and interesting, in a morbidly fascinating sort of way. ...
  • Joan Aresco
    Aug 26, 2018
    Sad story about true crime in 1937. A lot of characters make it a bit confusing to keep up with who?s who. ...
  • Marilyn Shea
    Jul 01, 2018
    This is a true crime book told by a person related to two of the child murder victims. As she had only sketchy newspaper articles and court documents to work from, I wondered how she was able to write the courtroom scenes complete with "he looked down at his shoes," and similar touches...
  • Nancy Carpenter
    Jul 30, 2018
    Sad Very clear cut. Such a sad injustice done to all. It shows that how well you know someone, it's impossible to know it all. ...
  • Mary Mattis
    Jul 14, 2018
    so tragic! ...
  • Donna L. Salas
    Aug 18, 2018
    Such a incredibly sad story but it shows how much things have changed. ...
  • Linda M Walker
    Aug 22, 2018
    Thank you Ms Everett Didn't seem right to say I enjoyed this book when the subject matter is so heart wrenching but I was completely drawn in. A fascinating story on several levels. Thanks to Ms Everett for telling me about her family and a case I had never heard about. ...
  • LibrarianJennifer
    Aug 12, 2018
    I don?t know how I feel about this book, and that bothers me. It is incredibly well researched and well written, but left me unsettled due to the nature of the subject. Would recommend for true crime fans, but super huge TW: child murder and rape. Synopsis: A woman researches...
  • Neale Romey
    Aug 07, 2018
    A story of innocents and forgotten family. A very good story about unknown family members and unjust court system. Really makes you stop and think. Would recommend. ...
  • Sue Ricketts
    Sep 09, 2018
    Very moving Three young girls disappear suddenly from Inglewood California on a sunny Saturday after in 1937. The start of a real life horror. How do things like this happen? Who could lure them to a fearsome death? Why are humans do cruel to one another? ...
  • Jill
    Aug 02, 2018
    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your families story even though it was was painful at times for this to be written. As a reader of the book, at times i wanted to cry and be angry. Thank you for great attention to details even with the most "painful" moments of the book there was s...