Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret

Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret

In the summer of 1937, with the Depression deep and World War II looming, a California crime stunned an already grim nation. Three little girls were lured away from a neighborhood park to unthinkable deaths. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged, and his sensational trial captivated audiences from coast to coast. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story.

But decades later, Pamela Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, starts digging, following up a cryptic comment her father once made about losing two of his sisters. Her journey is uniquely personal as she uncovers her family's secret history, but the investigation quickly takes unexpected turns into her professional wheelhouse.

Everett unearths a truly historic legal case that included one of the earliest criminal profiles in the United States, the genesis of modern sex offender laws, and the last man sentenced to hang in California. Digging deeper and drawing on her experience with wrongful convictions, Everett then raises detailed and haunting questions about whether the authorities got the right man. Having revived the case to its rightful place in history, she leaves us with enduring concerns about the death penalty then and now.

A journey chronicled through the mind of a lawyer and from the heart of a daughter, Little Shoes is both a captivating true crime story and a profoundly personal account of one family's struggle to cope with tragedy through the generations.

Title:Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret
ISBN:9781510731301
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    Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret Reviews

  • Marialyce

    I found this book hard to place a star value upon.Reading about this horrific crime was heart wrenching. The wanton murder of three little innocent girls, Madeline and Melba Everett and Jeanette Steph...

  • Fishface

    An Enlightening Read About A Horrifying StoryThis is a short read, but satisfying -- as satisfying as a horrific story like this probably can be. If you thought not much could be worse than a triple c...

  • Lorie

    First, let me just say that having Reno author Pamela Everett, an attorney with the Innocence Project and a UNR professor of criminal justice, meet with our book club was a wonderful privilege. She to...

  • Marilyn Shea

    This is a true crime book told by a person related to two of the child murder victims. As she had only sketchy newspaper articles and court documents to work from, I wondered how she was able to write...

  • Karen & Gerard

    This book is hard to read because of what it describes, but it is gripping too which makes it hard to put down! The pacing of this book is well done. The writing really made me feel like I was right t...

  • Ann

    To read this book about a family secret explored shortly after reading "Mindhunter" proved to be intriguing. The author, the niece of two of the little girls killed, uncovers the back story of this tr...

  • LibrarianJennifer

    I don’t know how I feel about this book, and that bothers me. It is incredibly well researched and well written, but left me unsettled due to the nature of the subject. Would recommend for true crim...

  • Jill

    Beautiful!!Thank you for sharing your families story even though it was was painful at times for this to be written. As a reader of the book, at times i wanted to cry and be angry. Thank you for great...

  • Meghan

    I think there were a few issues with this book but it was a moving personal story from the author. It also brought back to life, however briefly, three little girls who were killed way before their ti...

  • J

    Enjoyed is the wrong word to use in describing my reaction to this book. It does, after all, describe a sensational murder. I did find the book very interesting. As a lawyer--though not one who practi...