Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

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Wineville Chicken Coop Murders
Location Wineville, California
Date August 16, 1926 (1926-08-16)-August 31, 1928 (1928-08-31)
Attack type
Molestation, Chopping
Weapons Axe, Shotgun
Deaths 19
Victims 20
Assailant Gordon Northcott

The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders[1]—also known as the Wineville Chicken Murders[2]—was a series of abductions and murders of young boys that occurred in Los Angeles and Riverside County, California, between 1926 and 1928. The case received national attention.[2] The 2008 film Changeling is based in part upon events related to this case.[3]


1928 Northcott Farm Site
1928 Northcott Farm Site is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
1928 Northcott Farm Site
1928 Northcott Farm Site
Los Angeles county vicinity
Coordinates: 33°58′24″N 117°32′24″W / 33.97333°N 117.54000°W / 33.97333; -117.54000Coordinates: 33°58′24″N 117°32′24″W / 33.97333°N 117.54000°W / 33.97333; -117.54000

In 1926, 19-year-old Canadian-American ranch owner Gordon Stewart Northcott took his 13-year-old nephew (with permission of the boy's parents), Sanford Clark, from his home in Saskatoon, Canada. Once in California, Northcott beat and sexually abused his nephew.

In August 1928, Sanford's older sister, 19-year-old Jessie Clark, visited Sanford, now 15, in Wineville due to concern for his welfare. Once in Wineville, Sanford told her that he feared for his own life and one night while Gordon Northcott slept, Jessie learned from Sanford about the horrors and murders that had taken place at Wineville. Jessie returned to Canada in the next week or so.

Once in Canada, she informed the American Consul in Canada about the horrors in Wineville. The American consul then wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Police Department, detailing Jessie Clark's sworn complaint. As initially there was some concern over an immigration issue, the Los Angeles Police Department contacted the United States Immigration Service to determine the extent of the complaint from Jessie. On August 31 1928, the United States Immigration Service (inspectors Judson F. Shaw and Scallorn) visited the Northcott Ranch in Wineville. The Immigration Service found 15-year-old Sanford Clark at the ranch and took him into custody. Gordon Northcott had seen the agents driving up the long road to his ranch. Prior to Northcott fleeing into the treeline, he told Clark to stall the agents, or he would shoot him from the treeline with a rifle. In the two hours that Clark stalled for Northcott, Northcott had kept running. Finally, when Clark felt that the agents could protect him, he told them that Northcott had fled into the trees that lined the edge of his chicken-ranch property.[4]

Gordon Northcott and his mother, Sarah Louise, fled to Canada and were arrested near Vernon, British Columbia.[5]

Sanford Clark testified at the sentencing of Sarah Louise Northcott (his grandmother) that Gordon Northcott (his uncle) had kidnapped, molested, beaten, and killed three young boys with the help of Northcott's mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, and Clark himself. In addition to the three young boys murdered, Clark stated that Northcott had also killed a Mexican youth (never identified, but referred to in the case as the "Headless Mexican"), without the involvement of his mother or himself. Northcott had forced Clark to help dispose of the head of the Mexican youth by burning it in a firepit and then crushing the skull into pieces with a fence post. Northcott stated that "he had left the headless body by the side of the road near Puente (La Puente, California), because he had no other place to put it."[6]

Clark said quicklime was used to dispose of the remains, and that the bodies (of Lewis and Nelson Winslow, as well as that of Walter Collins) were buried at the Wineville ranch. Authorities found shallow graves exactly where Clark had stated that they could be found at Wineville. Upon the discovery of the graves, it was discovered that the graves were empty of complete bodies. However, there were partial body parts that remained. During testimony from both Sanford Clark and his sister Jessie Clark, it was learned that the bodies had been dug up by both Gordon Northcott and his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, on the evening of August 4, 1928 (a few weeks before Sanford was taken into protective custody by authorities) and that Gordon and his mother had taken the bodies out to the desert where they were most likely burned in the night.[7] The complete bodies were never recovered. There were only partial body remains of hair, blood and bones found in the graves at the Wineville burial sites. It was these partial body parts, coupled with the testimony of Sanford Clark, that allowed the State of California to obtain the death penalty against Gordon Northcott and a life sentence for his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott. It was also this evidence that allowed the State of California to unequivocally conclude that Walter Collins, the Winslow brothers and the unidentified Mexican boy had all been murdered.


Police found no complete bodies; but they discovered personal effects of the three children reported missing, a blood-stained axe, and partial body parts, including bones, hair and fingers, from the three victims buried in lime near the chicken house at the Northcott ranch near Wineville – hence the name "Wineville Chicken Coop Murders".[2] Wineville changed its name to Mira Loma on November 1, 1930, due in large part to the negative publicity surrounding the murders. The new city of Eastvale, California, took parts of the area of Mira Loma in 2010; and the new city of Jurupa Valley took parts of Mira Loma in 2011.[8][9] Wineville Avenue, Wineville Road, Wineville Park and other geographic references provide reminders of the community's former name.[1] Sanford Clark returned to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. City of Saskatoon records indicate that Sanford Wesley Clark died on June 20, 1991,[10] and was buried in the Saskatoon Woodlawn Cemetery on August 26, 1993.


Canadian police arrested Gordon Stewart Northcott and his mother on September 19, 1928.[11] Due to errors in the extradition paperwork, they were not returned to Los Angeles until November 30, 1928.[12][13] During the period that Sarah and Gordon Northcott were being held in Canada, awaiting extradition back to California, Sarah Louise Northcott confessed to the murders,[5][14] including that of nine-year-old Walter Collins. Prior to being extradited to California, Sarah Northcott retracted her statement, as did Gordon Northcott, who had confessed to killing more than five boys.[15][clarification needed]

Once Sarah Louise Northcott and her son, Gordon Northcott, were extradited from Canada to California, Sarah Louise Northcott, once again, pled guilty to killing Walter Collins. There was no trial. Upon her plea of guilty, Superior Court Judge Morton sentenced her to life imprisonment on December 31, 1928, sparing her the death penalty because she was a woman. Sarah Louise Northcott served her sentence at Tehachapi State Prison,[16] and was paroled after fewer than 12 years.[17][18] During her sentencing, Sarah Louise claimed her son was innocent and made a variety of bizarre claims about his parentage, including that he was an illegitimate son by an English nobleman,[14] that she was Gordon's grandmother,[19] and that he was the result of incest between her husband, George Cyrus Northcott, and their daughter.[9] She also stated that as a child, Gordon was sexually abused by the entire family. Sarah Louise Northcott died in 1944.

Gordon Northcott was implicated and participated in the murder of Walter Collins, but because his mother had already confessed and been sentenced for the murder of Walter, the state chose not to bring any charges against Gordon in the death of Walter Collins.[20] It was speculated that Gordon may have had as many as 20 victims, but the State of California could not produce evidence to support that speculation, and ultimately only brought an indictment against Gordon in the murder of an unidentified Mexican boy[5] known as the "Headless Mexican" and brothers Lewis and Nelson Winslow (aged 12 and 10, respectively).[21] The brothers had been reported missing from Pomona on May 16, 1928.[22]

In early 1929, Gordon Northcott's trial was held before Judge George R. Freeman in Riverside County, California. The jury heard that he kidnapped, molested, tortured, and murdered the Winslow brothers and the "Headless Mexican" in 1928. On February 8, 1929, the 27-day trial ended with Gordon Northcott convicted of the murders.

On February 13, 1929, Freeman sentenced Gordon Northcott to death,[23] and he was hanged on October 2, 1930, at San Quentin State Prison, at the age of 23.[2][24]

Involved parties[edit]

Gordon Stewart Northcott[edit]

Gordon Northcott
Northcott booking.gif
Born November 9, 1906
Bladworth, Saskatchewan
Died October 2, 1930(1930-10-02) (aged 23)
San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California
Cause of death Hanging
Criminal penalty Death
Conviction(s) February 8, 1929
Victims 3 (confirmed), 1 (implicated)
Span of killings
Country USA
State(s) California
Date apprehended
September 19, 1928

Gordon Northcott (November 9, 1906 – October 2, 1930)

Gordon Stewart Northcott was born in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada, and raised in British Columbia. He moved to Los Angeles, United States, with his parents in 1924. Northcott asked his father to purchase a plot of land in Wineville, California, where Gordon built a chicken ranch and home with the help of his father (who was in the construction business) and his nephew Sanford. It was this pretext (building a ranch at Wineville) that Northcott used to bring Sanford from Saskatchewan to the United States. Northcott abducted an undetermined number of boys and molested them at the chicken ranch. Typically, after molesting the children, Gordon would drive his victims home and let them go.

There was a rumor that Northcott had "rented" his victims to wealthy southern Californian pedophiles, but there was no evidence to prove that speculation. Ultimately, Northcott was convicted of the murder of the Winslow boys and an unidentified Mexican teenage boy that Gordon had murdered and then decapitated. The Mexican boy was Northcott's first victim.

Northcott's second murder victim was Walter Collins.[25] A few days after abducting Walter Collins, Northcott received a phone-call from his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, informing him that she was immediately on her way out to see him at the ranch in Wineville and was going to stay for a few days. The drive from Mrs. Northcott's home in LA to Wineville was only about an hour. By then, Northcott had already held and molested Walter at the ranch for a few days. During Sarah's visit, Walter was kept in the chicken coops.[25]

Owing to prior incidents,[clarification needed] Sarah was well aware that her son had sexually abused boys. She became suspicious of the chicken coops and Gordon's desire to keep her away from them. At some point during her visit to the ranch, Sarah discovered Walter in the chicken coop. According to Sanford Clark's testimony, she told Gordon that Walter could identify him; Gordon had once worked at a supermarket where Walter had shopped with his mother, Christine Collins.

Since Walter could identify Northcott, Sarah told her son that Walter knew too much and needed to be silenced permanently. Sanford Clark testified that Sarah decided that all three of them should participate in the murder of Walter Collins. That way, none of them, Sanford, Gordon, or Sarah, could go to the police and implicate the two others without placing themselves at risk. Gordon Northcott suggested using a gun, but Sarah feared that the noise might alert neighbors. The blunt end of an axe was chosen as the murder weapon and was used to dispatch Walter as he lay sleeping on a cot in the chicken coop. Gordon, Mrs. Northcott and Sanford Clark (against his will) each delivered the fatal blows to Walter. They dispatched the Winslow brothers in a similar manner.[25]

Northcott family tree[edit]

Sarah Louise Northcott[26]
George Cyrus Northcott[27]
John Clark
Winifred Northcott Clark[28]
Gordon Stewart Northcott[29]
(November 9, 1906 – October 2, 1930)
Jessie Clark[30]
June McInnes Clark
Sanford Wesley Clark[31]
(March 1, 1913 – June 20, 1991)
Kenneth Clark
Eddie Clark
Jerry Clark
Robert Clark

Sanford Clark[edit]

Sanford Wesley Clark (March 1, 1913 – June 20, 1991)[32]

Sanford's older sister, Jessie, became suspicious of the letters Sanford was forced to send home from Northcott's ranch that assured the family he was well. She went to the ranch in Wineville, and stayed several days. However, she became terrified of Northcott, left and returned to Canada, where she told the American Consul (in Canada) about the crimes that had occurred at Wineville.

Sanford Clark was never tried for murder, because the Assistant District Attorney, Loyal C. Kelley, believed very strongly that Sanford was innocent,[33] a victim of Gordon's death threats and sexual abuse, and that he was not a willing participant in the crimes, nor was he a criminal. Mr. Kelley told Sanford that he had "secured an entirely unique settlement to Sanford's legal situation by having Sanford signed into the nearby Whittier Boys School, where an experimental program for delinquent youths was under way. Mr. Kelley assured Sanford that Whittier Boys School was unique because of its compassionate mission of genuine rehabilitation".[34] Sanford was sentenced to five years at the Whittier State School (later renamed the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility). His sentence was later commuted to 23 months, because the trustees of the Whittier School for Boys felt that "Sanford had impressed the Trustees with his temperament, job skills and his personal desire to live a productive life during his nearly two years there."[35] Upon Sanford's release from Whittier Boys School, Mr. Kelley's "punishment" of Sanford, ("that Mr. Kelley had single-handedly pushed through the Justice system for Sanford"), was now complete."[36] As Sanford boarded a ship to be deported back to his native Canada (by American authorities) he was requested by Mr. Kelley to: "Use your life to prove that rehabilitation works ... go prove that I am right about you Sanford."[36] "He threw his body and soul into fulfilling Mr. Kelley's request, the only thing that he had been asked to do for the best man he had ever met, a man who believed in him. The thought of failing Mr. Kelley was intolerable. Sanford left the Whittier Boys School resolved to go after a normal life the way that a passenger who falls off a ship will swim to land."[37] Clark's son, Jerry Clark, credits Clark's wife June, his sister Jessie, associate prosecution counsel Loyal C. Kelley, and the Whittier State School for helping rehabilitate Sanford from the emotional and physical horrors of Gordon Northcott.

Clark served in World War II, and then worked for 28 years for the Canadian postal service. He married, and he and his wife, June, adopted and raised two sons. They were married for 55 years and were involved in many different organizations. Sanford Clark died in 1991 at age 78.[38] Sanford Wesley Clark was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1993.[39]

Christine and Walter Collins[edit]

Walter Joseph Anson Collins (February 1, 1890 – August 16, 1932)[40]
Christine Ida Dunne Collins (December 14, 1891 – December 8, 1964)[41][42]
Walter C. Collins (September 23, 1918 – c. 1928) Murdered at age nine.

Nine-year-old Walter Collins disappeared from his home in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles on March 10, 1928.[43] Initially, Christine Collins and the police believed that enemies of Walter Collins, Sr., had abducted their son.[44] Walter Collins, Sr. had been convicted of eight armed robberies and was an inmate in Folsom Prison.[45][46] The police searched a nearby lake in the hope they would find young Walter’s body.[47]

Walter Collins' disappearance received nationwide attention and the Los Angeles Police Department followed up on hundreds of leads without success.[15] The police faced negative publicity and increasing public pressure to solve the case,[48] until five months after Walter's disappearance,[15] when a boy claiming to be Walter was found in DeKalb, Illinois. Letters and photographs were exchanged before Walter's mother, Christine Collins, who worked as a telephone operator, paid for the boy to be brought to Los Angeles. A public reunion was organized by the police, who hoped to negate the bad publicity they had received for their failure to solve this case and others. They also hoped the uplifting human interest story would deflect attention from a series of corruption scandals that had sullied the department's reputation. At the reunion, Christine Collins claimed that the boy was not Walter. She was told by the officer in charge of the case, police Captain J.J. Jones, to take the boy home to "try him out for a couple of weeks," and Collins agreed.[48]

Three weeks later, Christine Collins returned to see Captain Jones and persisted in her claim that the boy was not Walter. Even though she was armed with dental records proving her case, Jones had Collins committed to the psychiatric ward at Los Angeles County Hospital under a "Code 12" internment—a term used to jail or commit someone who was deemed difficult or inconvenient. During Collins' incarceration, Jones questioned the boy,[15] who admitted to being 12-year-old Arthur Hutchins Jr., a runaway from Illinois, but who was originally from Iowa.[49][50] A drifter at a roadside café in Illinois had told Hutchins of his resemblance to the missing Walter, so Hutchins came up with the plan to impersonate him. His motive was to get to Hollywood so he could meet his favorite actor, Tom Mix.[48] Collins was released ten days after Hutchins admitted that he was not her son,[51] and filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department.[15] This aspect of the case is depicted in the 2008 film Changeling,[5] although in the film Hutchins does not confess until after Mrs. Collins has been released.

On September 13, 1930 Collins won a lawsuit against Jones and was awarded $10,800 (approximately $154,078 in 2014 dollars[52]), which Jones never paid.[15] The last newspaper account of Christine Collins is from 1941, when she attempted to collect a $15,562 judgment against Captain Jones (who was by then retired) in the Superior Court.[53]

Christine Collins and hope[edit]

Christine Collins first became hopeful that her son Walter might still be alive after her first interview with Gordon Stewart Northcott (when he was extradited from Canada to the Riverside County Jail Hospital on December 7, 1928). Mrs. Collins asked Northcott if he had killed her son, and after listening to his repeated lies, confessions, and recantations, concluded that Gordon Northcott was insane. Because Northcott did not seem to know whether he had even met Walter, much less killed him, Mrs. Collins clung to the hope that her son was still alive.[54] In October 1930, Northcott sent her a telegram saying he had lied when he denied that Walter was among his victims. He promised to tell the truth, if she came in person to hear. Just a few hours before Gordon Northcott's execution, Mrs. Collins became the first woman in more than three decades to receive permission to visit a serial killer on the eve of his execution at San Quentin. But upon her arrival, he balked. "I don't want to see you," he said when she confronted him. "I don't know anything about it. I'm innocent." A news account said, "The distraught woman (Mrs. Collins) was outraged by Northcott's conduct—All he told me was another pack of lies'—but comforted by it, as well: Northcott's ambiguous replies and his seeming refusal to remember such details as Walter's clothing and the color of his eyes gave her continued hope that her son still lived."[55]

The boy who came forward[edit]

In 1935, five years after Northcott's execution, a boy and his parents came forward and spoke to authorities.[56] Seven years earlier, the boy had gone missing, and the parents reported his disappearance to the police. At the time of the boy's disappearance, authorities speculated that he might have been a murder victim at Wineville. In fact, Northcott had taken the child to Wineville, molested him and returned him to Los Angeles County. This would have matched what Northcott had done with previous victims. Initial reports also speculated that Northcott might have murdered as many as 20 boys at Wineville, but this was never confirmed. Sanford Clark also never told authorities about any escape attempts from the chicken coops. The historical record and Sanford Clark's own testimony indicate that only three boys were ever held in the chicken coop, Walter Collins and the two Winslow brothers, all of whom were murdered.[25]

Partial body evidence[edit]

During the murder investigation, police searched the three graves that Sanford Clark had identified to authorities, and discovered "51 parts of human anatomy (partial-body) ... those silent bits of evidence, of human bones and blood, have spoken and corroborated the testimony of living witnesses".[57] While Walter Collins 'whole-body' had never been found, it was this 'partial-body' evidence that allowed authorities, and the State of California, to conclude that Walter Collins had been murdered (coupled with Sanford Clark's testimony at the sentencing hearing of Sarah Louise Northcott).[58] While partial-body parts had been collected at Walter's grave, they were never introduced as evidence in a trial against Gordon Northcott. Amongst the reasons for this was that the State of California already had enough evidence (they believed) to convict Gordon Northcott for murder of the Headless Mexican boy and the Winslow brothers (which ultimately resulted in Gordon Northcott's conviction and execution). In addition, Gordon Northcott's mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, had already confessed and been sentenced for the murder of Walter Collins. As Walter Collins' entire body had not been found, Christine Collins still hoped that Walter had survived. She continued to search for Walter for the rest of her life.[59] Christine Collins stayed in denial over the murder of her son Walter, and chose to believe that Walter may have still been alive in spite of the fact that the State of California had absolutely no doubt that Sarah Louise Northcott, Gordon Northcott and Sanford Clark had all participated in the murders of the two Winslow Brothers and Walter Collins, and that Walter Collins was indeed dead.

Arthur J. Hutchins, Jr[edit]

Arthur J. Hutchins, Jr. (c.1916 – c.1954)

In 1933, Arthur J. Hutchins, Jr., wrote about how and why he impersonated the missing boy. Hutchins' biological mother had died in 1925 when he was 9 years old, and he had been living with his stepmother, Violet Hutchins. He pretended to be Walter Collins to get as far away as possible from her. After living on the road for a month, he arrived in DeKalb. When police brought him in, they began to ask him questions about Walter Collins. Originally, Hutchins stated that he did not know about Walter, but changed his story when he saw the possibility of getting to California.

After Arthur Hutchins reached adulthood, he sold concessions at carnivals. He eventually moved back to California as a horse trainer and jockey. He died of a blood clot in 1954 at the age of 38, leaving behind a wife and young daughter, Carol. According to Carol Hutchins, "My dad was full of adventure. In my mind, he could do no wrong."[60]

Rev. Gustav Briegleb[edit]

Dr. Gustav A. Briegleb (September 26, 1881 – May 20, 1943)

Briegleb was a Presbyterian minister and pioneer radio evangelist. He was the pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Jefferson Boulevard at Third Avenue, Los Angeles, California. He took up many important causes in the City of Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, most notably the poor handling of the Walter Collins kidnapping case in 1928. He fought to have Christine Collins released from a mental hospital after she was committed there as retaliation for disagreeing with the LAPD's version of events.[61][62] He died at the age of 61.

Lewis and Nelson Winslow[edit]

Lewis Winslow (c.1916–1928)
Nelson Winslow, Jr (c.1918–1928)

Lewis, age 12, and Nelson, age 10, were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson H. Winslow, Sr. They went missing on May 16, 1928, from Pomona, California. On May 26, 1928, H. Gordon Moore, a local Scoutmaster, reported that they ran away to Imperial, California, to pick cantaloupes. Moore helped with the search for the two boys.[63] Gordon Northcott was convicted of kidnapping and killing the Winslow brothers. Nelson Winslow, Sr. led a lynch mob with the intent of hanging Gordon Stewart Northcott after completion of the trial but before sentencing. The police convinced the group to disband before seeing Northcott.[64]

Popular culture[edit]

  • "The Big Imposter", an episode of the radio series Dragnet, which aired on June 7, 1951, was based on these events. When the show moved to television, the radio script was adapted into a teleplay and broadcast on December 4, 1952. The plot focuses primarily on the story of Arthur Hutchins' impersonation of Walter Collins. In this version, the parental figure who reports the disappearance of the character based on Walter Collins is a widowed grandfather, raising the child on his own after the deaths of the boy's parents, rather than a single mother.[65]
  • Changeling, a 2008 film written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Clint Eastwood, is also based in part on the Gordon Stewart Northcott case. The film primarily depicts the plight of Christine Collins (played by Angelina Jolie), the mother of Walter Collins, and her search for her real son. The film depicts all the major figures in the case except for Gordon Northcott's mother and accomplice, Sarah Louise Northcott, who was convicted of killing Walter. In the film, there is a reference to a boy who came forward several years later after Northcott's execution and related having escaped from the chicken coops, and suggesting that Walter Collins may have also escaped. There has never been any substantiating evidence put forward that such an escape ever occurred, or that the boy who came forward even knew of a Walter Collins, to support this notion presented in the film. Jolie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for this film.
  • "Haunted" (Episode 93) of Criminal Minds includes a man who survived a similar event to the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Duffy, Clinton T. (1962). 88 Men and 2 Women. Doubleday. 
  • Flacco, Anthony; Jerry Clark (November 2009). The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders. Union Square Press. ISBN 978-1-4027-6869-9. 
  • Jenkins, Philip (1994). Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide. Aldine Transaction. p. 184. ISBN 0-202-30525-2. 
  • Paul, James Jeffrey (September 2008). Nothing is Strange with You: The Life and Crimes of Gordon Stewart Northcott. Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-4363-6627-4. 

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