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February 23, 2018

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Guy Merritt

Interesting for me to find this, at 68. I had never known the proper spelling of this man's name - his actions effected my aunt's life greatly. His actions actually had a ripple effect thoughout our entire family, although I was never given many details. As a young person I had an aunt who I loved very much and who, as an adult, could not be left alone. I always wondered why my aunt and uncle, who were not wealthy, had a female housekeeper. I actually remarked upon it many times, even as a child. At some point I asked my mom why my uncle Jack and aunt Joyce had a "maid". At some point she explained the truth; when my aunt was only about seven years-old she had been abducted and raped. It had scarred her emotionally, so badly, that she was terrified (for life) of being alone in the house. Adolf Hotelling's crimes escalated. When his picture appeared in the newspaper for killing Dorothy Schneider (who's name I only learned today) my aunt saw it and became hysterical, screaming, "That's the man, that's the man!". She really never recovered from the trauma and died fairly young, at the age of 52. I also learned, today (long story), thay my grandfather jumped over a railing and tried to kill this man when he first appeared in court. It's all just such sad, sad stuff. These are the types of crimes in which the pain effects so many and seems to gone on forever.

Gail DeMoura

What a fascinating story and told so well.

And, Guy, thank you for your comment. So often the focus is on the perpetrator of such heinous crimes. I'm so glad you told us the story of your Aunt and how the suffering the crimes against her affected so many since and will continue to ripple through your and your family/friends' lives for a very long time.

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