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King, Grave M. c1896-1935 HOMICIDE

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Pacific Grove Tribune, CA May 31, 1935
Murder, Suicide Everett King Take Lives of Couple
Everett King Shoots Wife, Then Takes Own Life While Children Sleep in Near Room
Letter Charges Mother-in-Law Interfered with Family Affairs, Influenced Children

Apparently mentally deranged and goaded by a dispute with his wife, Grace, Everett King, 509 Cedar street, murdered her and then shot himself sometime early Thursday morning. It was not until Thursday morning about 10:45 after they had eaten their breakfast, that the four children who live at home discovered the tragedy. The door to the bedroom had been locked and the womans body lay on the bed while that of her husband with a shotgun propped between his legs, lay back against the bed. The woman had been shot through the back of the head and the man had sent a bullet upward through his lower jaw. Mrs. M. Phillips, 506 Cedar street, a neighbor, reported the murder and suicide to the Pacific Grove police department shortly before 11:00 a.m. Two of the daughters Alma, 16, and Alta, 15, explained that they had returned home about 11:10 Wednesday night and that Alma had gone into her parents’ room to leave a purge on the dresser. Her mother spoke to her at that time. The tragedy must have occurred some time after midnight, but neither girl heard any noise and none of the neighbors were aware of anything untoward. Quarreled With Father. The other two children, Donald, and Grace, 13, spent the night with friends. Donald had quarreled with his father at about 6:00 Wednesday evening and the mother had taken his part. At that time the father threatened to murder the boy and avowed: “I’ll get even with you,” Donald was afraid to return home that night. King had addressed a note “to whom it may concern,” which the police found. He complained of too much interference in his family by his mother-in-law and said, “My own children have been turned against me, they won’t take my advice.” The mother-in-law, Mrs. Andrew Bellah, lives near Porterville, California, and has not visited the family for more than three years. Two other children. There are two other children, Joe, 20, and Everett, 21, both of whom are working in Marysville. King, who was about 50 years of age, was a painter by trade and had had no steady employment for a number of years, doing only an occasional job as a steeplejack painter around cannery row. The family had been aided by relief agencies which supplemented the income provided by the mother’s work in the canneries during the season and on SERA projects. Jealous of Children. Fellow workers of King and neighbors of the family said King was highly eccentric with tendencies to radicalism, and a delusion that he was being persecuted. He was also said to be jealous of his own children. About two years ago he was arrested for having assaulted W.H. Leach, county welfare director, when the latter visited the house to offer relief to the family. He was sentenced by Police Judge William Burchett to serve a term of 30 days in jail for the offense. At that time, he declared that he was …. Suffered a nervous breakdown. At the coroner’s inquest, which lasted scarcely five minutes, Coroner J.A. Cornett, who arrived at the residence shortly before noon, rendered a verdict of “murder and suicide.” Deputy District Attorney Kalmen Spaero and Sheriff Carl Abbott attended the inquest.

King, Grace M., marr E.F., age 39, died in Monterey County on May 30, 1935
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