After This Girl Was Abducted From Her School, Her Wealthy Father Began To Receive Ransom Notes

Image: Los Angeles Public Library via KCET / Herald-Examiner Collection

It was just before Christmas in 1927, and 12-year-old junior-high-school student Marion Parker found herself pulled out of class to visit her wounded father in hospital. Only Perry Parker was actually perfectly well. That was until his schoolgirl daughter went missing. The story that he was lying injured in hospital had in fact been invented by a stranger as a ruse to whisk young Marion away. Soon, a cryptic ransom note arrived for her father in what would be a truly horrific ordeal for the Parker family.

Marion was one of twin girls born on October 11, 1915, in Los Angeles, CA, to Perry and Geraldine Parker. Perry was a high-profile banker downtown, and Marion and her sister, Marjorie, enjoyed a comfortable life. As they grew older, the girls were enrolled at Mount Vernon Junior High, close to their desirable family home in the city’s well-heeled Arlington Heights district. But when the twins reached the age of 12, a chill wind was to disturb their cozy existence…

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