CRIME: The Lady Vanishes

On the afternoon of May 16, 1955, according to L. (for Leonard) Ewing Scott, his wife Evelyn sent him to a drugstore to buy her some tooth powder. When he got back to their $75,000 house in west Los Angeles' expensive Bel Air section, she had vanished, leaving behind no note, no indication of where she had gone or why.

Scott never reported the disappearance to the police. He was used to eccentric behavior in his hard-drinking wife, he later explained. When friends asked about Evelyn, Scott said that she was under treatment in...

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