Thirteen-year-old murder victim Mary Louise Hill was a eighth grader at Thomas Starr King Junior High School near West Hollywood. Drawing by Milana Talantova
Mary Hill Yearbook
Mary Louise Hill's yearbook picture from Thomas Starr King Junior High School 1971.
930 Venango Circle
The location where Mary Hill and her family lived when she was murdered. This photograph was taken in 2007, but the home burned in 1975, so this house was the replacement house built by the later owners. Her grandmother lived in a small house behind the main house.
Sunrays over Hollywood
The Griffith Observatory looking west toward the Hollywood Sign on Mt. Lee. Marylou Hill was murdered on a ridge overlooking the observatory. Reproduced by permission from Josh Fuhrman (@abovelosangeles).
Griffith Park Murder Scene
Los Angeles police detectives Terry Pierce (left) and Bill Mercier (right) speaking with a coroner’s representative at the murder scene in Griffith Park. The victim, Marylou Hill, is lying in the foreground. Reproduced by permission from Hearst Communications, Los Angeles Evening and Sunday Herald Examiner.
Greenberg’s parent’s Chevy
The Chevrolet Caprice owned by Bertram Greenberg’s parents was used to kidnap Marylou Hill from the area near her Silver Lake home. The vehicle was discovered parked away from Greenberg’s house in West Covina and taken to the impound lot for forensic processing. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.
1008 S. Cajon Ave
The house where Bertram Greenberg lived with his wife, Carol, and a 17-year-old son in West Covina. He was last seen at this location by his parole officer before fleeing in his wife's 1968 Pontiac LeMans
1968 Pontiac LeMans
The car that Greenberg fled from the Los Angeles basin was owned by his wife and had the same body style and paint scheme as the Pontiac LeMans pictured.
Bertram Greenberg Mug Shot
The last prison photograph taken of Bertram Greenberg before his release on parole in April 1970. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Corrections.
Two Guns exit sign
Greenberg stole an Arizona commercial license plate from a vehicle parked at the Two Guns trading post east of Flagstaff, AZ.
Mountain Lions at Two Guns
Two guns was famous for the wild animals that the proprietor, Indian Harry Miller kept there when he owned it from 1925 to 1926. When Greenberg stopped there in 1971, this Mountain Lion building had long been abandoned. The gas station and store burned almost six months after Greenberg stopped there - on July 31, 1971.
Keeton shooting site
The sandstone marker just beyond the Houck exit sign marks the approximate location where Keeton's car was parked when he was shot. Google Street View 2021.
Keeton Memorial Sign
In 2022, the Arizona Department of Transportation added a memorial sign on the side of the freeway where James Keeton was shot.
Van de Kamp’s Restaurant (left) and Fort Courage (right), near where Jim Keeton was shot in his police car, in Houck, Arizona. Don Beckstead lived behind the local tourist attraction. Photo courtesy of the Southwest New Company.
James L. Keeton
Jim Keeton’s father was a retired Arizona highway patrolman; his brother was a dispatcher. The twenty-seven-year-old had been married for ten months at the time of his encounter with Greenberg. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Keeton, Jim Keeton's parents followed by his widow Connie at the funeral in Prescott.
Keeton Funeral Procession
Marked police cars in the Jim Keeton funeral procession in Prescott.
St. Anselm Road Exit
Watercolor painting depicting an AZDPS patrol car parked along Interstate 40 just west of Houck, AZ. Fort Courage and Van de Kamps Restaurant to the left of overpass in the distance. Painting by Catarina Putri.
Valley High School Varsity Cheerleaders
The 1971 Valley High School cheerleading squad (from left to right) – Dee Dee Dailey, Amelia Ortega, Debbie Jones, Paulette Powell, and Kathy Gorman. The three cheerleaders on the left were driving by the traffic stop near the Hawthorne Road Exit on Interstate 40 and witnessed Greenberg shoot Officer Don Beckstead. Reprinted from the Valley High School yearbook (Sanders, Arizona).
Evann Jack was the fourth witness in Amelia Ortega’s father’s Lincoln when they passed by and witnessed Don Beckstead’s shooting. Reprinted from the Valley High School yearbook (Sanders, Arizona).
Don A. Beckstead
Don Beckstead, married father of two young boys, was not aware the traffic stop he was making would result in his death. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety
Hawthorne Road Exit
The sandstone marker near the approximate location where Officer Beckstead was parked when he was shot. Google Street View 2021.
Beckstead Memorial Sign
In 2022, the Arizona Department of Transportation added a memorial sign next to the freeway near where Don Beckstead was shot.
Don Beckstead in the hospital
Officer Beckstead in the hospital the day after his shooting. AZ Republic - USA Today Networks.
Arizona Governor Jack Williams offers condolences to the widow of slain officer Beckstead at the funeral in Phoenix.