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Cyril Louis Ables
Birth: Jun. 18, 1910
Los Alamitos
Orange County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 1939
Snohomish County
Washington, USA

My Beloved Uncle Cyril pictured on the left side of my father, Walt Ables, in Taft, California


CYRIL was the youngest child born to ANNA and EUGENE WALTER ABLES, SR. All of the children were born in Santa Maria, California except for CYRIL, who was born in Los Alamitos. CYRIL'S dad, EUGENE, SR., died in April 1925.

The story of what happened to CYRIL and a friend, on or about October 30, 1939 is pieced together by Snohomish County court records, newspaper archives, and death records.

Portland, Oregon, March 28, 1940 (UP)
EDWARD L. BOUCHARD, 47 year old salesman and former convict, was formally charged today with the murder of two California men whose battered bodies were found near Arlington, Washington, last week.

BOUCHARD signed several statements in which he admitted knowing ALFRED ALLISON, 32, of Van Nuys, and CYRIL LOUIS ABLES, 28, of Taft, but stoutly maintained he had last seen them alive and well in Seattle and seeking employment in lumber camps near Arlington.

Detectives said BOUCHARD'S statements conflicted with evidence they had obtained and that he contradicted himself on several important points.

The bodies of ALLISON and ABLES were found two days apart last week in the Snohomish County wilds. Fishnet cord was wound about their necks, but a coroner's inquiry determined each had been felled with a double-bitted ax. Their automobile and other possessions were missing.

The automobile was found in a Portland garage. Their guns had been pawned. BOUCHARD admitted possession of the automobile and guns. He first said the men gave the car and weapons to him in payment of a bill. Later, he said he had paid the men for the car.

Later, according to Sheriff RAY RYAN of Snohomish County, BOUCHARD changed his story again. This time he said he never had known a man named ABLES, but that ALLISON had a companion known to him as JACK PETERS.

Sheriff LLOYD LOW in Klamath Falls said BOUCHARD had been in the company of ALLISON and ABLES when they worked in the potato fields there last October. Information obtained at Tule Lake, California also bore out this claim. Sheriff RYAN was enroute here today from Snohomish County to pick up BOUCHARD. Sheriff RYAN said BOUCHARD was arrested in an Everett rooming house May 3, 1932, for an $800. payroll robbery of the Rhodes Department Store in Seattle April 16, 1932. Everett is about twenty-five miles from the spot where the bodies of ABLES and ALLISON were found.

BOUCHARD served three and one-half years of a five to ten year sentence in the Washington State Prison. He also served a term in San Quentin Prison for grand larceny.


Everett Washington, May 9, 1940 (UP)

A not guilty plea was entered today for EDWARD LOUIS BOUCHARD, 47, charged in the superior court with murdering two California men near Arlington last November. He was arrested in Portland, Oregon, March 28th, after property of the victims, CYRIL L. ABLES, 28, Taft, and RALPH ALLISON, 32, of Van Nuys, was traced to him.


Nevada State Journal, Everett, Wash., May 19, 1940 (UP)

EDWARD L. BOUCHARD, 47, will go on trial June 24 for the first-degree murder of two California migrant workers in the remote wilds 25 miles northeast of here last autumn, Prosecutor Henry Jackson said today. The bodies of ALFRED ALLISON, Van Nuys, California, and CYRIL LOUIS ABLES, 28, Taft, California, were found in March. They had been beaten and garotted about five months before, it was estimated. One week after discovery of the bodies, Portland, Oregon, police arrested Bouchard, a salesman and ex-convict. He admitted possession of the victims automobile and effects but steadfastly denied the crime.


Nevada State Journal -- July 5, 1940
Everett, Washington, July 4 (UP)

A superior court jury of 12 men late yesterday found EDWARD L. BOUCHARD, 47, guilty of the first-degree murder of two California men and decreed the death penalty for the former Portland and Seattle automobile salesman.

BOUCHARD went on trial one week ago for the slaying sometime last autumn of CYRIL ABLES, 28, of Van Nuys, California, and RALPH ALLISON, 32, of Reseda, California. The jury deliberated three hours. Defense Counsel William Johnson, immediately filed notices of appeal. BOUCHARD retained his composure as the verdict was read. Since his arrest in Portland March 28th, and throughout the trial, he had maintained his innocence.


Walla Walla, Washington, Sept 6, 1940 (AP)

With the calmness that marked his last days in "death" row, EDWARD BOUCHARD went to his death shortly after midnight for the killing of two transient California laborers last fall. BOUCHARD, a Seattle man who previously served terms in the state prison and at San Quentin entered the death chamber at 12:05, the trap was sprung a half-minute later and he was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m.
Family links: 
  Eugene Walter Ables (1862 - 1925)
  Anna Laurie Cheadle Ables (1866 - 1942)
  Len C. Ables (1887 - 1944)*
  Dick Hogate Ables (1890 - 1974)*
  Ora Ellen Ables Laumann (1893 - 1983)*
  Harold C. Ables (1897 - 1947)*
  Bessie Ellen Ables Price (1901 - 1968)*
  Eugene Walter Ables (1905 - 1979)*
  Cyril Louis Ables (1910 - 1939)
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