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Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

A sleepy Southern California town is turned upside down with the murders of 4 boys. So much so, the town changed its name. Join us as we look into the crime that rocked this small town and meet the monster who called it home almost 100 years ago.


Looking for more information on The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders check out these books

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco and Jerry Clark (Sanford’s son).


Nothing Is Strange with You: The Life and Crimes of Gordon Stewart Northcott by Janes Jeffrey Paul

More info that wasn’t mentioned in the episode….

Pictures of the murder farm in 1928 (top, obvi ūüôā and then sometime in the 90’s-2009 (bottom) the picture on bottom was taken before 2009.

Like I did mention, many people visit the Wineville Murder Farm, especially during Halloween season, its harder to imagine now, what it once looked like, but, as recently as 10 years ago the house pretty much looked the same. Many of the surrounding neighbors report of hearing the sounds of boys running around and at times,  in the still of the night they still hear their sobs.


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Below is a  list of resources  used during the research and telling of this story. (partial) 

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¬†“During the 1920s, Boys Became the Prey of a Brutal Killer”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

Johnson, Kim Jarrell (2006). Jurupa. Arcadia Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 0-7385-3082-4.

¬†Kurz, John (1988-12-15). “Mira Loma History, Riverside County, California: Wineville Chicken Murders”. Rubidoux Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-01-26.

 Paul, James Jeffrey, Nothing Is Strange with You, p.88

¬†“Jurupa Valley History: Mira Loma History”. Riverside CountyPlanning Department. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-26

¬†Rasmussen, Cecilia (October 31, 2004). “During the 1920s, Boys Became the Prey of a Brutal Killer”. Los Angeles Times. Tronc. Retrieved September 13, 2008.

“Northcott Murders: James Jeffrey Paul’s Research Materials”. Riverside Public Library. Retrieved 2010-03-06.

¬†“Murder Farm’ Fugitive Held: Young Northcott Arrested by Canadian Police Mother Also Believed to be in Their Custody Blood Found on Suspects’ Ranch Called Human”. Los Angeles Times. 1928-09-20. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

¬†“Error in Extradition Papers to Delay Northcott’s Return: Officers Go On To See Suspect State Aides Discover Flaws in Legal Documents Burying Alive Charge Laid to Sanford Clark Examination Continues of “Death Farm” Clews”. Los Angeles Times. 1928-09-26. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

¬†“Youth’s Nerves At High Tension: Northcott Embarrassed on Debarking from Train Request for Picture Brings Defiant Refusal Prisoner Lodged in Cell That Housed Hickman”. Los Angeles Times. 1928-11-30. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

¬†Blair, Elizabeth (October 24, 2008). “Behind ‘Changeling,’ A Tale Too Strange For Fiction”. NPR. Washington, DC. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

¬†“NORTHCOTT SLEW FIVE, ‘CONFESSION’ ADMITS; California officer States Alleged Chicken Ranch Murderer Told of Killing Youths”. The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. December 4, 1928. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

¬†Webb, William (2013). ‘Til Murder Do Us Part: 15 Couples Who Killed (Volume 2). New York City: Absolute Crime Books.



and of course Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Newspaperarchives, FamilySearch.org



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