Mildred Georgine Lyon

Mildred Georgine Lyon

Birth
Manville, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Death 3 Sep 1952 (aged 23)
Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Illinois, USA
Burial Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Plot South grave, West ½, Lot 88, Plat I (previously numbered Lot 56, Plat I)
Memorial ID 65272735 · View Source
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According to various newspapers from the time, on September 3, 1952, the body of Georgine Lyon was found lying in a pool of blood in an English classroom. She had been shot to death. Jean Brosman, an English teacher, entered the classroom during the lunch hour, and ran screaming into the hallway when she discovered the body.

Georgine was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lyon of near Madison, Indiana. She was either 24 or 25. Every newspaper article describes her as pretty or attractive, some having headlines such as, 'Pretty Librarian Slain In School By Army Vet', which was found in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The police began a search for a man believed to be a suitor. They set up roadblocks in search of Charles Petrach who had been seen with Lyon prior to her murder by several high school students. Petrach was apparently short with crew cut hair. He was 25 from Gary, Indiana, and was an Army veteran. Some of the articles also report he was an unemployed insurance salesman at the time. His hearing was impaired following an injury he'd received while serving with an Army demolition team.

Charles was found hitchhiking east on U.S. Highway 50 (in the direction of Vincennes, Indiana) and picked up by Lawrence County Sheriff Garrel Burgoon not long after the murder.

He told Burgoon that he had met Georgine while they were both students at Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie, Indiana. Lyon's landlady said the two had been dating for about two years, but Lyon recently sent an engagement ring back to Petrach a few days before school had started. Petrach admitted he had come to Lawrenceville from Vincennes by taxi to "have it out" with Georgine after she changed her mind about marrying him.

Sheriff Burgoon had told reporters Petrach calmly admitted to the shooting without any emotion as officers took the confession on a wire recorder. "He was cool as a cucumber during the questioning." According to Petrach, he showed up at the high school, and they went to an empty classroom to talk. When she refused to take him back, Charles shot her seven times with a revolver. Around 700 students were attending classes nearby, but none heard the gunshots. He gave no other reason for the murder other than he was upset over the end of the engagement.

The story of the murder was popular, showing up in newspapers from around the country.

In November of 1952, Petrach was sentenced to 150 years in prison for Georgine's murder. An added stipulation was that he should spend every September 3rd in solitary confinement. However, he was released in August of 1967 after only serving 15 years.


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  • Maintained by: Karen Phillips
  • Originally Created by: Quietude
  • Added: 6 Feb 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 65272735
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mildred Georgine Lyon (5 Oct 1928–3 Sep 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 65272735, citing Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Phillips (contributor 46884884) .