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Marion Parker
Birth: Oct. 11, 1915
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1927
California, USA

Murder Victim. The daughter of prominent banker Perry Parker, loving father of twin daughters, his nightmare would begin on December 15, 1927, while he thought his twin girls were safely at school. Marion Parker was unwittingly handed over to her killer by the school registrar at Mt. Vernon Junior High School. Her abductor, William Edward Hickman, had come to the school that day and said that Perry Parker, the girl’s father, had been seriously injured in an automobile accident and was calling for his daughter. On the morning of December 17, 1927, Perry Parker received a telegram reiterating the earlier demand for $1500 in exchange for his daughter’s life. Perry agreed to do whatever he needed for the safe return of his daughter, he arrived at the drop alone with the ransom money. He handed over the money to a young man who was waiting for him in a parked car. When he gave the money to Hickman, he was able to see his daughter sitting in the passenger seat next to him. But, when Parker got to Marion and took her in his arms he saw that not only was she dead, but she had been savagely mutilated. LAPD, the LA County Sheriff, and the District Attorney’s office had put all available men into the search for Marion. At that time it was the largest single manhunt in the city’s history. Suspicion settled upon Hickman, a former employee of Parker. Several years before the abduction, Hickman had been arrested on a complaint made by Parker regarding stolen and forged checks.The towel that was in Marion's body was the break that sent the police in the direction of Hickman, he escaped captivity, A week after the murder, officers Tom Gurdane and Buck Lieuallen found Hickman in Echo, Oregon. On October 19, 1928, Hickman mounted the 13 steps to the top of the gallows. He never expressed any remorse for what he did. Artifacts from the Marion Parker case are on display at L.A. Police Museum. (bio by: Memorial Flower) 
 
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 Parents:
  Perry Marion Parker (1879 - 1944)
  Geraldine Heisel Parker (1888 - 1963)
 
 Sibling:
  Marion Parker (1915 - 1927)
  Marjorie H Parker Holmes (1915 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Peace, Niche 7920
 
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Record added: Apr 05, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8978
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