Little Shoes
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.

Little Shoes Details

TitleLittle Shoes
Author
ReleaseMay 29th, 2018
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ISBN-139781510731301
Rating
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, History

Little Shoes Review

  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    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 Stephens was a crime that heralded in the age of the sex crime unit and provided the country in 1937 the news of these young girls murders. They were only seven eight and nine and their young lives were tragically and mercilessly cut short by their killer.Many years later, the author of this book, a niec 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 Stephens was a crime that heralded in the age of the sex crime unit and provided the country in 1937 the news of these young girls murders. They were only seven eight and nine and their young lives were tragically and mercilessly cut short by their killer.Many years later, the author of this book, a niece to these girls, stumbled upon the fact that her dad was a brother to the Everett girls. She often wondered, although he never spoke of it, why he was so overprotective. Pamela Everett, being both a lawyer and a former journalist sought out information regarding her aunts she never knew of and the man who eventually was hanged for their murders, Albert Dyer.Investigating the trial, Ms Everett discovers vast inconsistencies in the trial as well as the investigation into Albert Dyer. Dyer was a functional illiterate, a man with the IQ of about a ten year old who was a crossing guard and was accused and later convicted by a unanimous decision of the jury. He had confessed to the crime numerous times but then recanted and presented in each of his various confessions a different scenario. Was he capable of this crime, or was he so easily led that he would do anything people suggested to him? Did Albert commit this crime or was he just the person whom it was most convenient to convict? This story is also in its own way a cautionary tale about the death penalty with the what if always being asked of whether a convicted person is truly the guilty person. It was for this reader a thought provoking book.Thank you to Pamela Everett, Skyhorse Publishing, and Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book.You can also see my reviews on my blog https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...Publishing May 29, 2018
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  • Sarah -
    January 1, 1970
    It's very difficult to rate this book at all, given the horrific nature of the crimes - which I am glad are not given in detail. The generalities were bad enough. The books is full of heartbreak and tragedy, and justice not served. I wanted to know more about Godsey, and what else might have been known about him from after the girls' murders, to when he died within a decade later. I do not believe Dyer killed them. Full review to come.++++My full review is now posted, you can check it out here:h It's very difficult to rate this book at all, given the horrific nature of the crimes - which I am glad are not given in detail. The generalities were bad enough. The books is full of heartbreak and tragedy, and justice not served. I wanted to know more about Godsey, and what else might have been known about him from after the girls' murders, to when he died within a decade later. I do not believe Dyer killed them. Full review to come.++++My full review is now posted, you can check it out here:https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...
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