California · Crime Scene Photography

Man killed by wife after beating her

May 13, 1942
Los Angeles, California
Earl Blaisure is killed by his wife Molly (inaccurately described here as his girlfriend) after beating her with the barrel of a rifle when it failed to fire

Earl Blaisure (24), a stove factory worker, had been know for beating his wife, Molly Blaisure (24), who stabbed her husband in the heart with a boning knife as their young children, Earleen (2) and Margaret (1), slept. When arrested, she had a freshly blackened eye giving credibility to her claim of self defense. Molly was acquitted July 12, 1942.

Photo and description from Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective’s Scrapbook

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