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 Linda Joyce Glucoft

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Linda Joyce Glucoft

  • Birth 21 Aug 1943 California, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1949 Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Chapel Mausoleum, Corridor of Solace, NW-217
  • Memorial ID 40110846

Murder Victim. Linda Joyce Glucoft was the second of three children born to Lillian and Julius "Jules" Glucoft. On the day of November 14, 1949 she ran across the street in her Culver City neighborhood to play with a friend, Rochelle Hausman, and never returned.

Her body was found 3 days later wedged behind an incinerator at the home. She had been stripped naked hacked to death with an axe, butchers knife, and ice pick, wrapped in a blanket and buried under a pile of trash by Rochelle's grandfather, Fred Stroble. She was 6 years old.

Stroble was eventually apprehended and confessed to molestation and murder of Linda saying he "had to kill her after she started screaming" while he was molesting her. He was sentenced to die in the gas chamber and that execution was carried out on July 25, 1952.

When it was found that Stroble was a known to the police to be a child predator, the country was appalled. In response to floods of letters of concern and outrage, California Governor Earl Warren hastily passed numerous laws in an attempt to prevent sex crimes and further punish sexual deviants.

Many of these laws have since been overturned, as they unfairly targeted and punished homosexuals as deviant in their nature. The last of these was repealed in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the urging of Linda Glucoft's sister, who told the press that she "did not want her sister's memory in any way linked to bigotry."

Laws stemming directly from the murder of Linda Joyce Glucoft still in effect today changed the criminal code in that molesting a child, previously a misdemeanor that yielded little to no punishment, is now a felony. Also, premeditation no longer needs to be established in the sexually motivated murder of a child under 14 in order for a conviction of 1st degree murder to be passed down.

Bio by Kevin Hyder.

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  • Created by: Lisa Burks
  • Added: 31 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40110846
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Linda Joyce Glucoft (21 Aug 1943–14 Nov 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40110846, citing Home of Peace Memorial Park, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lisa Burks (contributor 46590262) .