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Elmer H. "Ben" Benson
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1916
Barrington
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 1996
South Gate
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Murder victim. Ben and his wife, Gladys, were murdered in their home by a next-door neighbor. Ben was the Owner/Operator of E. H. Benson Construction Company, as a general contractor which operated throughout the Southern California area for more than 10 years. During World War II he served with the Seabees, 76th Construction Battallion, in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Huntington Park Elks Lodge for 53 years.

Following a 1997 trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Samuel Zamudio guilty of the slayings of the Bensons. Jurors also found that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery. Prosecutors said the defendant, who lived next door to, was friends with, occasionally did household chores for, and owed money to, the Bensons, stabbed them to death and stole their property. They claimed Zamudio needed money to keep up an extramarital affair. Police interviewed Zamudio, who acknowledged that he had owed the Bensons money, and examined his shoes. After a criminalist concluded that the shoes had blood on them, Zamudio was arrested, and the expert later testified that there was no doubt that bloody shoe prints found on the Bensons' floor were made by Zamudio's shoes. Jewelry and coins found on Zamudio's person at the time of his arrest were traced to the Bensons, and blood testing established with near certainty that blood found inside one of his shoes belonged to one of the victims. Zamudio appealed the death sentence, however The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld it.

 
 
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  Gladys Lorene Benson (1921 - 1996)
 
Burial:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Lilac Lawn, sec. 4, lot 324, graves 1 & 2
 
Created by: Louis Mata
Record added: Apr 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89075185
Elmer H. Ben Benson
Added by: Louis Mata
 
Elmer H. Ben Benson
Added by: Louis Mata
 
Elmer H. Ben Benson
Added by: Louis Mata
 
 
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- Kat
 Added: May. 2, 2014
Heartbroken for you, your wife and family. Rest in heavenly peace Mr. Benson.
- wesblues
 Added: Apr. 3, 2014

- Angelmom
 Added: Mar. 19, 2014
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