Mabel Young and Guests of the Bridge Party, 1928


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Mabel Young and Guests of the Bridge Party, 1928

On the night of December 6, 1928, Velma West arrived at the home of Mabel Young to attend a bridge party. She was later described by those in attendance as being in good spirits, and had even entertained everyone by playing piano and singing popular songs.

In a statement given to the sheriff of Lake County, Mabel Young (on the far left) confirmed that Velma West had expressed sexual interest in her. Reaffirming sensationalist allegations already being printed in newspapers of a strange love triangle, the statement complicated Velma West's claim of self-defense. A sign of the times, the defense attorney saw this as valuable evidence of his client's insanity. As additional information came to light that Velma had returned to the crime scene in order to retrieve keys out of her dead husband's pocket, the defense and prosecution quickly made a deal.

Photograph courtesy of Cleveland State University Special Collections


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