Little Shoes by Pamela Everett

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, Pam...

Details Little Shoes

TitleLittle Shoes
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Historical, History, Mystery

Reviews Little Shoes

  • 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 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...
  • 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 child murder, wait until you see what the author does with what I thought all this time was a clear, simple set of facts. Don't miss this book if you have any interest in family secrets, the legal system, true crime or learning the truth behind a lege...
  • 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 told us about the very personal journey that ended with the publication of Little Shoes.In 1937–long before most of us were born–in Inglewood, California three little girls were raped and murdered. Albert Dyer, a mentally challenged crossing guard,...
  • Paul
    This is an interesting book because it demonstrates how badly police and the public want to find and kill or imprison a killer of innocent children. It's especially valuable to see how far we as a society have come with DNA retrieval instead of just blood types and unreliable eyewitness accounts. Once police have a likely subject, however, it seems as if all evidence is retrofitted to their argument and nothing new or anything challenging the con...
  • Cee Cee
    This was a great book. I was intrigued from the beginning and could not put the book down whenever I found time to read. This is a great book to read if you like a good mystery. Some details are very disgusting, but it adds to the plot. I am still not convinced that they caught the real perp. This goes to show the police tools that was available back then and how much of an improvement has been made today.
  • Jane Thompson
    True Crime StoryThis is an interesting book. The author tells the long forgotten story of the murders of her aunts when they were children. The murders are horrifying, and so is the treatment of the defendant. Sure does a good job of telling the story of their lives and deaths, and explaining why she thinks the wrong man as convicted and executed.
  • Marianne Hetzer Hawn
    Disturbing times two. 1) Every parent's nightmare comes true; three young girls lured from a crowded playground in broad daylight and savagely murdered. 2) Was the wrong man targeted, badgered into confessing, tried, convicted and executed? Three families irreparably damaged. Have we made progress, since 1937, in keeping our children safe and guaranteeing due process for accused criminals?
  • Cindy Tebo
    Pamela Everett's book crosses genres: in one sense it is a memoir and in another sense it is historical non-fiction. She details the horrific murders of three young girls two of whom were her aunts. Everett didn't know these aunts existed until her father blurts out one day, "I lost two sisters, and I can't lose my daughter...They found them--they found their pairs of little shoes lined up in a row." At this point, her father breaks down and can ...
  • 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 the courtroom scenes complete with "he looked down at his shoes," and similar touches. So it has elements that were probably invented to help the flow of the story. And it was one of those awful, doomed stories of an accused man so cognitively impai...
  • 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 there. I always enjoy reading about true events that I am not up to speed on, but I can't say I enjoyed this. However, it is very good and am glad I read it! (Gerard's review)This is a very sad and disturbing book! The author wrote this to memorialize...
  • Glenda
    This book is amazing.... so sad, but so well written that I just couldn't put it down. It is an eye opening book on so many levels. It is a journey back in time, you feel like you are there. It shows you how much things have changed in our legal system and yet how even in today's world, the same challenges still exist. It makes you question things you may not have questioned before. It is a story that your heart can relate to, but so much unimagi...
  • 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 tragedy, including the likely news that the one convicted was not the killer. Rather the real killer could have been the guy who got away and committed more crimes across the country.Pamela Everett describes the way that the police invited a psychiatri...
  • 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 crime fans, but super huge TW: child murder and rape. Synopsis: A woman researches the childhood murder of two of her aunts, previously kept secret by her father’s family. ***Spoiler: I assume all readers can agree that the convicted murder was a simpl...
  • Jane Robinson
    After meeting Pamela Everett and learning of her book, I was intrigued by the story and considered it a must-read. Despite the disturbing subject matter, the book is excellently written, taking the reader back and forth in time with such clarity that it is hard to put it down. It is really two stories in one: the detailed account of the 1937 murders, and the story of the author's search for the truth. As a retired attorney, I particularly appreci...
  • Bamboozlepig
    Pretty decent read about a brutal kidnap, rape and murder of three little girls in Depression-era California. The subject matter itself is horrifying and hard to read because of it, but it was interesting to find that this was a case where they first brought in a psychiatrist to profile the killer. The man who was arrested and convicted (and executed) in the deaths was likely not the one who actually committed the crime, but he seemed to be the "...
  • 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 attention to details even with the most "painful" moments of the book there was still great attention to detail. Thank you again for sharing your story eventhough at times I'm sure you may have thought "can i finish this" I hope you have an immense ...
  • 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 time and had some insights into the grief of their families. Ultimately it was a bit unsatisfying but that was not the author’s fault, but rather the investigators, prosecutors, and judges who seemed to take the easy way out. It was a worthwhile stud...
  • 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 practices criminal law--and an amateur genealogist, I found the search to find out how a sensational murder affected the family of two victims to be a compelling read.
  • Julie
    Only after her father's death did the author learn he had lost two younger sisters in a sexual assault murder in the 1930s. She begins to investigate to retrieve their memories from oblivion, but goes on to question the investigation, trial, and execution of a man she believes may have been innocent.
  • Rachel Fuller
    An interesting, yet extremely sad read. To look back in history and see how a triple homicide affected so many, and still not know if Justice was truly served is heart wrenching. Thank you Ms. Everett for sharing your story.
  • Sue Ricketts
    Very movingThree young girls disappear suddenly from Inglewood California on a sunny Saturday after in 1937. The start of a real life horror. How do things like this happen? Who could lure them to a fearsome death? Why are humans do cruel to one another?
  • Suzanne
    Wrongful Conviction???An early case of a possible wrongful conviction. Long before testing and DNA was available. Did Dwyer really kill those little girls or was his confession coerced like so many since that time
  • Stephen Selbst
    A fascinating look at a sensational murder trial in Los Angeles in the 1930s, written by a relative of two of the victims. Pamela Everett tells the story of the crime and the trial skillfully and makes a strong argument that the wrong man mat have been convicted and hanged. A great and sad story.
  • Myrna
    Memories of little shoesA sweet memorial of the authors family members who were murdered in their innocence of childhood. The unfortunate killings of three little girls further compounded by hanging an innocent man in all likelihood.
  • Kim
    Interesting look at a horrific crime in the 30's and who might have been the culprit, written by the daughter of a man whose sisters were the victims of the crime. Not great literature, but it's a little bit like a mystery story, and a good portrait of the time period.
  • Bobbie Christmas
    Guilty or innocent?I’m a fan of true crime stories, but this one is heartbreaking, not only for the victims but also for the man found guilty of their murder. It is a well-written book that delves Into the lives of three young murdered girls and the man who allegedly killed them.
  • Carlene
    A well written and well researched look at a horrifying triple murder of three young girls that occurred in the author's family years earlier. A very thought provoking look at our need to "rush to justice" and whether we truly embrace and honor the sentiment of "innocent until proven guilty."
  • Kate
    Very sad story about the murder of three little girls in 1937. Even sadder is the miscarriage of justice that led to a man with the IQ of a 9 year old being executed for their murders when he obviously was not the killer. I think the author is correct in her assessment of who the real killer was.
  • Linda M Walker
    Thank you Ms EverettDidn't seem right to say I enjoyed this book when the subject matter is so heart wrenching but I was completely drawn in. A fascinating story on several levels. Thanks to Ms Everett for telling me about her family and a case I had never heard about.
  • Joan Aresco
    Sad story about true crime in 1937. A lot of characters make it a bit confusing to keep up with who’s who.