Bell Gardens, California
Bell Gardens is located in southern California in Los Angeles County. It is a city of 40-50,000 residents.
John Anson Ford Park Information:
Two boys were murdered and their bodies were found in Whittier Narrows inside the John Anson Ford Park.
Harold Ray Memro was sentenced to death on July 17, 1987 for murdering three children. Two of their bodies were found on July 26, 1976 at the John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, California. The other child was murdered on October 22, 1978. His body was deposited alongside a road.
Scott Fowler (12 years) and Ralph Chavez (10 years), Jr.’s bodies were found sprawled 178 feet apart from each other near a pond at John Anson Ford Park early in the morning on July 26, 1976. Their throats had been cut.
The two boys, had, according to witnesses, had been fishing the day before and had stayed at the pond into the wee hours of the evening. Medical examination revealed that the boys’ deaths probably occurred around midnight.
Harold Memro admitted that he had noticed the two boys fishing around dusk. He started talking with them and taking pictures. Harold had been taking nude pictures of boys from his neighborhood for a number of years. Unfortunately after hanging out for several hours with Harold Memro, Ralph fell asleep beside the pond and Scott decided to take a walk with Harold to the other side of the pond. Scott said something derogatory to Harold Memro about “faggots” at this time. This made Harold mad and he promptly slit Scott’s throat and then hurried back across the lake to kill Ralph as well, as Ralph had awakened during the commotion of Scott’s murder.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, California:
The apparition of two boys has been seen at John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, California.
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