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 Harold J Lotridge

Harold J Lotridge

Death 1934 (aged 31–32)
Burial Henderson, Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 36094610 · View Source
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Harold was married to Lillian Moore. He had 3 children, Joan Virginia, James Harold and Donna Marie. He died at age 32. He worked for Lortidge Construction.

Dorothy Schneider....
Although the murder did not occur in Shiawassee County, the murderer turned out to be Owosso resident Adolph Hotelling. It all began when Dorothy Schneider, 5, was walking home from school in Mt. Morris, MI on January 12, 1928. The police were called when she didn't come home and a search began.

In the mean time, the killer's car had become stuck a short distance where he had disposed of the her body in a creek three miles west of Mt. Morris. He soon asked a nearby farmer for assistance and quickly left the scene.

Little Dorothy's body was found later that same day by a deputy. The farmer gave investigators a description of the man and his light blue Dodge sedan.

Within the next few days, the police had received many tips, however none had seemed to pan out.

On the morning of January 16th, the very day of Dorothy's funeral, Harold Lotridge's alarm clock interupped a vivid dream. Lotridge, 24, of Owosso had seen a man in his dream carrying a little girl who was screaming "I want to go home!"

Mr. Lotridge later told police that he indeed knew the man in his dream as a deacon in his church and said he was a "pillar of the community." He identified the man as Mr. Hotelling, who was married with children and lived at 809 N. Hickory St.

After checking Michigan registration records, the police found that Mr. Hotelling owned a blue Dodge sedan and decided to question him. Officers checked out the Dodge and were surprised to find that it had just been painted black. A further search of the house found clothes identical to those the farmer had said the man in the stuck car had worn. In one of the pockets of the grey overcoat was a blood-stained, double edged knife.

Police arrested the surprized Hotelling and took him to Flint where he later confessed to the murder.

According to an Associated Press news report of Jan. 17, 1928 the Michigan National Troops were called out to rout a mob who was seeking to lynch Mr. Hotelling at the jail.

Even the little girls father attacked Hotelling in the court room during the trial.

Mr. Hotelling had confessed to the murder and blamed the Hickman Case. Mr. Hotelling died at Marquette prison in 1955. Had it not been for Harold Lotridge's unexplainable dream, Adolph Hotelling might have never been caught.



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harold J Lotridge (1902–1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36094610, citing Riverside Cemetery, Henderson, Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Geirland (contributor 40342511) .