Skip to comments.Mystery of Mummified Babies Surrounds 'Jean M. Barrie' (Follow-up Story..)
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.
Turns out there may be a ‘Peter Pan’ connection after all. I always trust my ‘Spidey Sense.’
Thought you might find this an interesting follow up to your earlier post.
Sounds like a script for a movie.
Screenplay writers are watching this story very closely.
They never had a chance to grow up.
When my old widow neighbor moved they found mummified dead cats in her basement but this is slightly more extreme.
Hmmmmmmmm... Island of “Lost Boys” ?????
Poor wee bairns. Wishing them a pleasant journey toward the second star to the right, and straight on till morning...
Very strange to keep the remains in a trunk.
Well, that’s one way to stay young forever.
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.
That’s just amazing! Great detective work.
I could make it my business.
Mark it down to law enforcement incompetence and move on...
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