Chapter 2 ~ Lynn Martin & Marjorie Graham

On August 20, Gordon Fickling and his girl friend Elizabeth Short registered as husband and wife at the Brevoort Apartments on Lexington Avenue, near Vine Street in Hollywood. They lived there until August 27. After they split up, Elizabeth moved to the Hawthorne Apartments at 1611 North Orange Drive,  just behind the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood boulevard.

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Marjorie Graham, a friend from Boston was living at the Hawthorne with Lynn Martin, a 15 year old runaway from Long Beach. Lynn was passing herself off as a young woman in her twenties.  Apparently, no one knew the truth until after the murder. She was adopted as a child and ran away from home to pursue the Hollywood dream. Beth stayed for a “night or so” before registering, according to Mrs. Ethel Richmond, the landlady.

She stayed from August 28 until September 20. Apparently, the three did not get along well, so Beth and Margie moved to another room at the Hawthorne and Lynn found a new roommate, Gloria Richards. Eventually, all four left the Hawthorne. While there, Beth, broke as usual, relied on friends and acquaintances to help her out. Neighbors Don Leyes, 22 and Harold Costa, 31 and others would treat her to meals. Eventually, Mrs. Richmond asked the three girls to leave.

Over time, Lynn and Margie worked in different venues around town, often as waitresses. Lynn worked at the Tabu Club on Sunset Boulevard and at the Palace Gardens Barbecue at the top of Cahuenga Pass. She also worked at a movie theater on Hollywood Boulevard near Western Avenue.  Art Richman, a local boy, knew Lynn and Margie. He took Lynn to the beach for dinner and brought her back to the movie theater. He was surprised to learn her true age, he said later. Another acquaintance, George Bacos, dated Lynn and also told authorities he was surprised to learn her true age.

After the murder, Lynn’s true identify was revealed and she was returned to authorities in Long Beach. Lynn had another name, Norma Lee Myer. As was the case with so many people that crossed paths with Elizabeth Short, Lynn Martin disappeared from public view.

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When she was interviewed after the murder, Margie Graham said that Beth planned to marry an Army Air Force lieutenant after he was released from the  hospital in Los Angeles.

“She said she was worried about the man and that she hoped he would get well and out of the hospital in time for a wedding they planned for November 1.”

Margie had already taken the train home to Massachusetts. She said, “I left the West Coast October 23 and came home to Cambridge.  I had one letter from her afterward.  Betty didn’t say whether or not the wedding had taken place.”

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