The Geneva Ellroy murder


From the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune June 23, 1958:

Blonde Suspect Sought


Woman Strangled by Cord and Stocking


EL MONTE — A blonde woman with a pony tail is sought today as the suspect in the murder of an El Monte woman.

The body of the victim, strangled with a cotton cord and one of her stockings, was found yesterday in a lane leading to the Arroyo High School here.

She was identified as Mrs. Jean Ellroy, 756 Maple Ave., a 37-year-old divorcee and the mother of a 10-year-old boy. The blonde woman being hunted by police was seen with her Saturday night in a cocktail bar at 11721 E. Valley Boulevard., where Mrs. Ellroy’s car was discovered yesterday.

Driven to Lane

Sheriff’s Inspector R.T. Paronsonm said the woman was apparently strangled elsewhere and driven to the lane, which is known as Kings Row.

Pearls from a broken necklace led to the body, which was sprawled in an acacia thicket across from the high school athletic field.

She was dressed in a torn blue-print dress, but wore no undergarments, A navy blue coat covered the nude lower half of her body. The stocking on her left leg was pulled down to her ankle and her brassiere lay in ivy next to her body.

News Report

The victim was identified by her landlady, Mrs. George Krycki, 36, of 700 E. Bryant Road, who heard a news report of the finding of the body.

Mrs. Krycki described the divorcee as a “very fine person …a quiet woman who neither drank nor dated men .. a good mother to her boy.”

Detectived said there was an asphalt mark on the victims left hip, indicating she was dragged along pavement at some other spot. There were no marks on the pavement or in the ivy where the body was found.

With Husband

Her son was with her divorced husband, Armand Lee Ellroy, 60, an accountant of 4980 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, during the weekend. Ellroy was unable to give police a clue to the murder. He said he had been divorced from her about four years.

The slaim woman’s body was found by three Babe Ruth baseball league coaches who were walking to the schools’ baseball diamond with a group of ball players yesterday.

The coaches were identified as Herman C. Warner, 52, of El Monte; Richard Grinnold, 44,  abd Kendall E. Nungesser, 46, of San Gabriel.

Mrs. Ellroy, a redhead, was employed as a nurse by the Aero Dynamics Corp. in Los Angeles. 

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Demon dog bus tour


Spend Xmas With the Demon Dog on the James Ellroy Digs L.A. Bus Tour

WHAT: Esotouric presents “James Ellroy Digs L.A.”
WHEN: Saturday December 22, 1pm-5pm
COST: $60
WHERE: departing from Arnie Morton’s Steakhouse, 735 S Figueroa St., LA

LOS ANGELES- Best-selling crime novelist James Ellroy has built his career
digging deep into the underworld lore of L.A., drawing connections between
his personal experience and the complex real world histories of cops,
killers, victims and journalists.

Now James Ellroy teams up with Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company
whose tours reveal L.A.’s secret history, to debut his personal guided tour
through the city that haunts his dreams and inspires his art. Riding shotgun
and curating the experience is Kim Cooper, creator of the 1947project time
travel blog and host of Esotouric’s true crime tours, including The Real
Black Dahlia.

Passengers on “James Ellroy Digs L.A.” will gather at Arnie Morton’s
downtown bar (opened specially for our party), then accompany the author in
a luxurious coach class bus on an uncensored time travel journey to tony
Hancock Park, where he stalked his teenage classmates and later broke into
houses. . . to the Hollywood flats to explore some of the heinous 1950s
murder cases that fascinated him as a youth and continue to feed his
obsessions. . . and out to El Monte, where his mother Geneva was murdered,
the unsolved crime that runs through all his work, from “The Black Dahlia”
to “My Dark Places.”

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