The headless victim of Gordon Northcott is discovered in a ditch

The headless victim of Gordon Northcott is discovered in a ditch

In the mid-1920’s Los Angeles was plagued with the abductions and murders of young boys throughout the city. Later known as the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, the killings were conducted by local ranch owner Gordon Northcott.

Though Northcott, disposed of his victims in a barn on his ranch, the headless body of a local farmhand was found by police in a nearby ditch on Feb 2nd 1928. The investigation quickly led authorities to Northcott’s property leading to his arrest, and the discovery of many more victims. It would take the testimony of a first-hand witness of Northcott’s sister to break the case.