This comes from an old newspaper article. It was published on Sept. 16, 1928:
Gordon Stuart Northcott, alleged to have murdered four boys on the chicken ranch of his father Cyrus Northcott, near Wineville, and his mother, Louise Northcott, today are confronted with a first degree murder charge and Canadian police and detectives are close on their trail in Vancouver.
The Murder complaint was issued from the office of District Attorney Albert Ford this morning, with Jim Quinn, district attorney investigator as the complaining witness.
HAVE STRONG CASE
Quinn believes the state has sufficient evidence to convict both Gordon Stuart Northcott and his mother of first degree murder.
He says the statement made by Sanford Clark to the Los Angeles operators, and the statement alleged to have been made by Gordon Stuart Northcott to his father Cyrus Northcott, are sufficient upon which to base a murder charge.
The physical evidence in the hands of Riverside county officers strengthens the case, Quinn statesm and proves that a human life has been taken. This evidence includes a toenail, two
fingerbones, nine bits of flesh, two clumps of hair in a piece of scalp, a knee cap and a piece of skull.
Quinn believes the murders were committed between May 15 and August 1, and the remains were dug up and disposed of about the middle fo August.
Among Northcott’s victims was Walter Collins, the subject of Clint Eastwood’s movie “The Changeling.”
Tomorrow, the Hickman case — and how Northcott and prosecutors referred to it constantly throughout the trial.