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Mystery of Mummified Babies Surrounds 'Jean M. Barrie' (Follow-up Story..)
KTLA-TV Los Angeles ^ | August 20, 2010 | Chip Yost

Posted on 08/20/2010 7:38:05 AM PDT by Beaten Valve

LOS ANGELES -- Investigators are trying to learn more about a woman named Jean M. Barrie as they work to unravel the mystery of two mummified babies found wrapped in historic newspapers in a Westlake apartment building.

Authorities began autopsies on the babies' remains Thursday.

Investigators plan to use DNA testing to determine whether the babies were related. Toxicology tests will also be performed to help determine the cause of death.

The grim discovery was made Tuesday evening in the 800 block of Lake Street, near James M. Wood Boulevard.

Workers were clearing out the basement for renovations when they spotted the remains inside a steamer trunk, LAPD Lt. Cory Palka said.

The trunk bore the initials "JMB" and inside were items with the name Jean M. Barrie, detectives said. Each of the bodies were wrapped in 1930s-era Los Angeles Times newspapers and placed in a doctor-style bag.

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Also inside the trunk were photographs, ticket stubs from the closing ceremonies of the 1932 Olympic games, personal letters to family members, a fur wrap, a flapper dress, a beaded purse and a bundle of blank medical test forms.

LAPD officials on Thursday searched the apartment building once again, along with dogs, and took away items that were initially left behind.

The medical forms pointed detectives in the direction of Jean M. Barrie, who lived in the area and may have worked as a nurse, The Los Angeles Times reported. Barrie was born in San Francisco in 1916. Detectives said they found postcards in the trunk addressed to a Jean M. Barrie from a brother, Thomas, in San Francisco.

Investigators are also considering a connection to a different woman named Jean M. Barrie who lived in the Midwest and on the East Coast and was related to "Peter Pan" author James M. Barrie, the Times reported.

A copy of "Peter Pan" was found inside the trunk along with a membership certificate for the Peter Pan Woodland Club, a Big Bear resort.

It's believed the babies' remains may be 70 to 80 years old.

LAPD Rampart detectives and the coroner's office are conducting the investigation.

They're hoping to track down family members, if possible.

A resident told KTLA that the building dates back to 1926 and used to house several celebrities and actresses.

The coroner's office says it's possible the person who placed the fetuses inside the trunk could not afford a proper burial, or was a medical doctor who wanted to keep the remains for research.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babies; bodies; losangeles
A "Peter Pan" connection?
1 posted on 08/20/2010 7:38:07 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve
Interesting development.
2 posted on 08/20/2010 7:41:15 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-2-10!)
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To: Beaten Valve; popdonnelly

Turns out there may be a ‘Peter Pan’ connection after all. I always trust my ‘Spidey Sense.’


3 posted on 08/20/2010 7:42:49 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: markomalley

Thought you might find this an interesting follow up to your earlier post.


4 posted on 08/20/2010 7:45:38 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Beaten Valve

Early Liberal!


5 posted on 08/20/2010 7:46:23 AM PDT by melsec
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To: Beaten Valve

Sounds like a script for a movie.


6 posted on 08/20/2010 7:47:18 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Beaten Valve

Screenplay writers are watching this story very closely.


7 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Beaten Valve

They never had a chance to grow up.


8 posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:26 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Beaten Valve

When my old widow neighbor moved they found mummified dead cats in her basement but this is slightly more extreme.


9 posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:59 AM PDT by TSgt (And the war came.)
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To: Oratam

Hmmmmmmmm... Island of “Lost Boys” ?????


10 posted on 08/20/2010 7:58:08 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Beaten Valve

Poor wee bairns. Wishing them a pleasant journey toward the second star to the right, and straight on till morning...


11 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:22 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: Oratam

Thanks


12 posted on 08/20/2010 8:12:01 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Beaten Valve

Very strange to keep the remains in a trunk.


13 posted on 08/20/2010 8:13:46 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Beaten Valve

Well, that’s one way to stay young forever.


14 posted on 08/20/2010 8:14:28 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: windcliff

ping


15 posted on 08/20/2010 8:24:27 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Beaten Valve

16 posted on 08/20/2010 8:24:39 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Beaten Valve

Sadly these remains could be from then illegal abortions. The mysterious Jean M. Barrie with her nurses training perhaps could have been involved in performing abortions.


17 posted on 08/20/2010 8:33:12 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Mila

That’s just amazing! Great detective work.


18 posted on 08/20/2010 9:07:04 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Beaten Valve

I could make it my business.

19 posted on 08/20/2010 10:23:34 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Beaten Valve
Since any players in this drama are likely to be long dead now, what exactly is the point of this protracted expensive exercise?

Mark it down to law enforcement incompetence and move on...

20 posted on 08/20/2010 11:49:58 AM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: popdonnelly

I wish that I could take credit, but the picture I posted accompanied the story linked to this thread. The OP deserves your praise, but thank you anyway. :)


21 posted on 08/20/2010 2:51:53 PM PDT by Mila
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