Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fetuses found in trunk dating to ’30s

August 19, 2010


— Remains of two fetuses wrapped in 1930s newspapers and placed in doctor’s bags were found inside an unclaimed steamer trunk by women cleaning out the basement of a 1924 apartment building that’s being converted to condominiums, authorities and witnesses said.

The remains were discovered late Tuesday in a 4-foot-tall green trunk in a four-story brick building in the Westlake district, a once-elegant early 20th century neighborhood west of downtown.

The trunk was inscribed with the initials JMB and also contained a certificate giving “Miss Jean Barrie” membership to the Peter Pan Woodland Club mountain resort, a typing manual bearing the signature “Jean M. Barrie,” ticket stubs from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, photos of a wedding and other items.

Two women who found the remains called 911 and coroner’s officials began investigating, leaving residents to speculate about the trunk’s owner, the possibility of secret abortions in the era before the procedures were legal and an odd fact: Peter Pan was created by Scottish author James M. Barrie, who died in 1937.


Amy Heeter 7 years, 10 months ago

Very interesting. Kind of a dark secret one might expect from the boy who won't grow up.I will have to research this, but think James Barrie was quite a affluent man.

avoice 7 years, 10 months ago

Why would there be a need to call 911? Obviously, this bag is very old, these skeletons are very old. It's an anthropological find, not a crime investigation matter, for Pete's sake!

Amy Heeter 7 years, 10 months ago

CSI kind of crime I suppose. I know this kind of thing has happened before but still kind of creepy ( no this is not a admission that legal abortion is better) It will be interesting to hear the results of this though. It just goes to prove that truth is stranger than fiction.

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