Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Murderer Dr. Harold Perelson & Wife/Victim Lillian 1959 Home of Peace Cemetery

Murderer Dr. Harold Perelson and his wife/victim Lillian are buried side by side at Home of Peace Cemetery in East L.A.

"Through grimy, cracked windows, one can see dust-covered furniture, including a 1950s-style television set, seemingly frozen in time. What appear to be gaily wrapped Christmas gifts sit on a table.

Built in 1925, the three-story Spanish revival-style home has a basement that boasts a maid's quarters. The first floor features an entrance hall flanked by a glassed-in conservatory and large living room. Toward the back is a den, a dining room and the kitchen. Four master-bedroom-size sleeping chambers are on the second floor. A bar-equipped ballroom measuring 20 feet by 36 feet is on the third level.

No one has lived there since the predawn morning of 6 December 1959, when Dr. Harold Perelson killed his 42-year-old wife, Lillian, severely beat his teenage daughter, and finally killed himself by drinking battery acid. Eighteen-year-old Judye Perelson ran from the mansion and staggered to a neighbor's house. She was treated at Central Receiving Hospital with a possible skull fracture.

Police found Perelson lying dead on the floor next to his wife's blood-soaked bed. He was still clutching the murder weapon, a ballpeen hammer. On a nightstand next to his bed, investigators found an open copy of Dante's "Divine Comedy," which was opened to Canto 1: "Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost . . . "

Fifty years later, the Glendower Place home remains empty."


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