Forgot about this entry

On April 2nd I had another Executed Today entry run that I forgot to post: Henry Frank Decaillet. He was a middle-aged married father of five who fell in love with, and had a sexual relationship with, a girl named Phoebe who was either 12 or 13 at the time. (Ew.) After a year or so she got tired of him and wanted to date boys her own age and he shot her because she was “living an immoral life” and he wanted to stop her from “becoming a prostitute.” He never attempted to hide what he’d done and was gassed in California in 1954.

4 thoughts on “Forgot about this entry

  1. Kathy April 26, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    I realize that I’m posting this in a different site, but I didn’t see a place where I cld comment on the Walter Collins case.
    You said something about people commenting in Nicholas Barclay & the attempted impersonation by Frederic Bourdin.
    There was s similar case involving Walter Collins.
    The movie ‘The Changeling’ was about his case as the LAPD wanted his mother committed to an asylum as she insisted that the child was an imposter.
    Hope I helped, I absolutely love your site

    • Meaghan April 27, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      I think I’ve heard about this case. Such a terrible story. I hope Mom sued the crap out of them.

  2. Crystal Howard April 27, 2016 / 8:38 am

    There was local gossip and the police knew about it so her parents must have known, but they didn’t do anything to prevent a 52 year old man from having sex with their 13 year old daughter? Her father should have taken Decaillet for a trip to the woodshed and knocked some sense (or fear) into him.

    • Meaghan April 27, 2016 / 3:09 pm

      Perhaps her parents did try to stop Phoebe from seeing him. Remember, the reason he killed her in the first place was because she didn’t want to see him anymore and wanted to date boys her own age. Maybe it was because her parents intervened.

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