l.a. son


Chester Comer was a 25-year-old oil-field worker who embarked on a week-long rampage in late 1935. Previously, he had murdered his pregnant wife by shooting her five times in the head, and he dumped her body in a field near Kansas City. She wasn’t identified until December of that year. He settled in Oklahoma claiming his next victim, that of his second wife. Comer began hitchhiking and on November 19, he was picked up by prominent Shawnee attorney Roy Evans, whom he killed later that day. By November 23, he had abandoned Evans’ car and was hitchhiking again until being picked up by a farmer and his son. L.A. and Warren Simpson were executed, and their bodies were dumped in a rural pasture. Comer was spotted by Blanchard police on November 25 in Simpson’s stolen car, where a short chase ensued. He then stopped the car and engaged in a shootout with the officers, ultimately suffering a shot to the forehead. Surviving the shooting, he was pressed by authorities about the location of his victim’s bodies, but barely able to speak, he muttered, “oh, piles of bodies.” Comer died of his injury in the hospital on November 27. Throughout the month of December, all five of his victims were discovered. In his pocket, a note was found scrawled on the back of a business card that read:

“If I am not killed in this car it will be a surprise to me. I have nothing to regret. I had rather be dead than to be a public slave.”