Annals of Crime #98

Original Caption:

Kidnapped and Assaulted.

Santa Ana -- A young father is being held by Orange County authorities today in connection with the kidnapping and rape of 18 year old Donna May Schurr, who was "Miss California" in last year's Miss Universe contest. Police said that Miss Schurr identified the suspect, James Jack Walker, 25, as the same man who kidnapped and assaulted her less than ten months ago. Walker, married and the father of a child, was jailed on suspicion of rape, kidnapping, and burglary. (1956)


Laura Brown said...

Walker was found guilty and later appealed unsuccessfully against the verdict; the judgment in his appeal can be found here. Astonishingly (to modern readers), he appealed because the judge at the original trial wouldn't let the defence introduce evidence about Schurr's previous sexual history. Sign of the times (as was the press's willingness to print the victim's full name and photograph).

Pasadena Adjacent said...

the photograph appears to be Ocean blvd in downtown Long Beach (I recognize the hotel; now condos)