Sarah Louisa <I>Cawthrope</I> Northcott

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Sarah Louisa Cawthrope Northcott

Ontario, Canada
Death 21 Nov 1944 (aged 74–75)
California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 97567939 View Source

Murderer, along with her son, Gordon Stewart Northcott. She initially confessed to murdering four boys, including 9-year-old Walter Conrad Collins, then changed her story. Her son was dubbed the "The Wineville Chicken Coop Murderer" by the press in 1928, and he was convicted of kidnapping, molesting and killing three boys (not including Walter) in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, California.

In Riverside County in December 1928, Sarah Louise Northcott was convicted of the murder of Walter Conrad Collins and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. She served four and a half years at San Quentin, was later transferred to the Institution for Women at Tehachapi, and was paroled on May 30, 1940.

In 1931, her husband, Cyrus George Northcott, left California and bought a small farm in Parsonsburg, Maryland. When Sarah was paroled, she joined her husband in Maryland and spent the rest of her life on the farm in Parsonsburg. George died in April 1944; Sarah died on November 21, 1944 of chronic myocarditis. Everything they owned was left to their only surviving child, Winnifred.

Gravesite Details

Per a family tree on, she was cremated at Parsonsburg, Wicomico, Maryland, and her ashes were scattered at a nearby ocean, as were her husband's.

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