California · Crime Scene Photography · Newspaper clippings

Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty

November 30, 1942
Los Angeles, California
Francis O’Toole jumps from a window to his death after pleading guilty to the murder of his common-law wife

O’Toole has shot his common-law wife, Lillian White, to death after an argument on September 27. The fatal fight, as well as many before it, broke out because, in O’Toole’s words, “there really wasn’t anything real to hold us together.”

When O’Toole pleaded guilty of murder, he feared a death sentence would be handed to him. In a panic, he broke away from officers and leapt from the window of the room, which was on the 9th floor of the Hall of Justice. A deputy sheriff was able to hold the prisoner briefly in an attempt to save him, but O’Toole fell to his death regardless.

From the Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1 1942

O’Toole’s body

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