october 1949

Dorothy Forstein from Philadelphia, was a well-liked mother to three children and wife to city magistrate, Jules Forstein. In 1944, Dorothy dropped her children to a friend’s house and made her way back home. As she entered the empty and dark house, she was beaten unconscious by an unknown assailant hiding in her house. The assailant fled as Dorothy lay bleeding on the floor. The random attack was baffling - nothing was stolen from the house. 

Her husband was cleared as a suspect and the family could not think of anybody that would have a grudge on a housewife. Dorothy recovered and life went back to normal. However, on 18 October, 1949, Jules was away from the house for the evening and their eldest daughter, 19-year-old Myrna, was also away from the house. When Jules returned home that night at approximately 11:30PM, he discovered his children cowering in their bedroom and Dorothy was nowhere to be found. 

Their youngest daughter, 9-year-old Marcy, told police that she had been awakened by somebody entering the house. She got up out of bed and walked into the hall and saw a man carrying a seemingly unconscious Dorothy down the stairs. The man looked towards her and whispered “Go back to sleep, little one, your mother is alright.” Dorothy was never seen again.


History of Magic Meme: [1/3] Younger versions of characters || Molly Weasley (née Prewett)

Molly Prewett was born on 30 October, 1949. She began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early 1960’s, and was sorted into Gryffindor house.  After graduation she married Arthur Weasley and their first child, Bill, was born in 1970. Six more children followed: Charlie, Percy, twins Fred and George, Ron, and Ginny. She is described as kind, gentle, loving and motherly but could also be very stern and fierce when prompted.


The Twisty, Unsolved Disappearance of a Hollywood Beauty

Ever head of Jean Spangler? Probably not. She never got to make it big in Hollywood, but she was starting. She had a career as a dancer, a model and had started doing small parts in movies. But then she vanished.

It was October 7th, 1949, and Jean, who was 26 years old at the time, left her small daughter with her sister in law, telling her she was heading to meet her ex husband, Dexter Benner, to discuss an increase in the amount of child support check. Afterwards, she added, she had a night film shoot.

When Jean didn’t come back the next day, her family reported her missing. Dexter claimed he’d never met Jean, nor had planned to, and his current wife verified his alibi. There was also no film shoot that night. It seemed like Jean had lied to her family about her destination, but why?

On October 9th, two days after Jean’s disappearance, her purse was found in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, with the handles torn off but nothing stolen. Inside there was a handwritten note that read: “Kirk, can’t wait any longer. Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work out best this way while Mother is away,”. The note ended in a comma, so it appeared to be unfinished. Jean’s mother was out of town, so that made sense. But who were Kirk and Dr. Scott? That’s when the theories started rolling in, mainly three:

- A friend of Jean said she had revealed she was pregnant shortly before her disappearance. It could be, then, than in her note she was referring to an abortion, something illegal in 1949, and that “Dr. Scott” was the one to perform them. Could it be an abortion gone wrong? Police tried to find this Scott, but nothing came out of it.

- A few people, including Jean’s mother, said she had mentioned a Kirk, and that she was dating a man, but that it wasn’t serious. Could this Kirk had taken and killed her? Actor Kirk Douglas, already a Hollywood star at the time, came under scrutiny and explained that, while Jean had worked as an extra in one of his movies, he couldn’t even remember her. Police never found out who was Kirk.

- Jean apparently had an affair with a man called David Ogul, who was an associate of well known gangster Mickey Cohen. Ogul had disappeared two days before Jean, so there was a chance she had ran away with him. This theory was further supported by some alleged sightings of the actress and Ogul in Texas in 1950, but they were never confirmed.

Jockey Freddie “The Fleet” Wirth, a 21-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, demonstrates how he picked up some extra money in Detroit, when he bet fellow riders he could clear the hood of an automobile, October 29, 1949.


CVAR F7 416 by Chuck Zeiler
Via Flickr:
Star Clipper Dinner Train with CVAR ( Cedar Valley Road ) F7 416 at Waverly, Iowa on October 25, 1986, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 416 was built in October 1949 ( c/n 8558 ) as C&NW 4077A, later renumbered to C&NW 416.