LA Forensics: Mysterious Confession
A Gruesome Discovery
Lois Petrie's sister Edith told police that she had discovered her sister's body about 10:30 that morning. Edith lived a block away on West 11th Street, in the Los Angeles harbor community of San Pedro.
Edith told the police that she had walked over to Lois's apartment the next morning to check on her. The door had been slightly open. Edith found her sister lying across the bed, covered with a blanket. Lois looked asleep, or maybe passed out. Her legs were sticking out from under the blanket. Edith grabbed one of Lois's legs to try to shake her awake. The leg was cold.
Edith said she called the police right away. Later, she said she waited two hours to make the call. The inconsistency of her story struck the detectives as suspicious.