70/71: Marian Ellis

Olivia and Thashana detail the shocking 1939 murder of 12-year-old Nashvillian, Marian Ellis.


Sources

  • “3 Jurors Needed For Colley Trial.” The Tennessean, 28 Oct. 1941, p. 3, www.newspapers.com/image/148099338.

  • “Abernathys Held.” The Tennessean, 16 Aug. 1939, p. 2, www.newspapers.com/image/161519647.

  • “Accused Couple In Court Again.” The Tennessean, 26 Sept. 1939, p. 11, www.newspapers.com/image/161007664.

  • "Certificate of Death: Marian Ellis." Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

  • https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2376&h=1103117&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=ObM4&_phstart=successSource

  • “Charles H. Singer Funeral Is Today.” The Tennessean, 21 June 1940, p. 17, www.newspapers.com/image/161505482.

  • “Colley Awaits Serum Report.” The Tennessean, 24 Sept. 1949, p. 7, www.newspapers.com/image/112048688.

  • “Colley Loses Appeal To Highest Court.” The Tennessean, 17 Oct. 1943, pp. 12-B, www.newspapers.com/image/148684291.

  • “Ellis Case Seems Going to Files Recording Distelhurst Killing.” The Tennessean, 15 Dec. 1939, pp. 1–6, www.newspapers.com/image/161006625.

  • “Ellis Clues Sent to F.B.I.” The Tennessean, 25 June 1939, pp. 1–8, www.newspapers.com/image/160989487.

  • “Ellis Murder Clue Reported.” The Tennessean, 31 Aug. 1939, p. 1, www.newspapers.com/image/161535954.

  • “Ellis Murder Suspect Taken To Crime Site.” The Tennessean, 23 June 1939, p. 1, www.newspapers.com/image/160988412.

  • “Ellis Slaying Inquiry Held At Standstill.” The Tennessean, 20 June 1939, pp. 1–2.

  • “Ellis Suspects Checked Again.” The Tennessean, 22 June 1939, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/160987993.

  • Fleming, Partee. “Ellis Murder Reported Solved.” The Tennessean, 25 June 1941, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/147925296.

  • Fleming, Partee. “Third Arrest Made In Ellis Killing.” The Tennessean, 26 June 1941, pp. 1–8, www.newspapers.com/image/147926970.

  • “Four Months Pass; Marian Ellis Slayer Still Roams at Large.” The Tennessean, 15 Oct. 1939, pp. 1–8, www.newspapers.com/image/161023195.

  • “Girl, 12, Killed Here By Fiend.” The Tennessean, 16 June 1939, pp. 1–4, www.newspapers.com/image/161081373.

  • Kenyon, Nellie. “Girl's Slayer, Police Killer Win Freedom.” The Tennessean, 17 Jan. 1953, pp. 1–3.

  • “Man Seeking Date Closely Questioned About Ellis Slaying.” The Tennessean, 17 June 1939, pp. 1–3, Marian Ellis, Ruckus, and Jacob Singer (source).

  • “Marian Ellis Killer To Stake Liberty On Truth Serum.” The Tennessean, 30 July 1949, p. 1, www.newspapers.com/image/113151892.

  • “Negro Quizzed In Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 4 July 1939, p. 2, www.newspapers.com/image/160995481.

  • “New Lead Seen In Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 27 June 1939, p. 1, www.newspapers.com/image/160991821.

  • “Pair Dismissed On Drunk Charge.” The Tennessean, 21 July 1939, p. 2, www.newspapers.com/image/161006231.

  • “Pair Quizzed In Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 20 July 1939, p. 2, www.newspapers.com/image/161005723.

  • “Pardue, Others Must Pay State.” The Tennessean, 28 Feb. 1943, pp. 1–8-D, www.newspapers.com/image/148099853.

  • “Quizzed Again.” The Tennessean, 11 July 1939, p. 9, www.newspapers.com/image/161000401.

  • “School Dances, Traffic Hazards, and Easily Circumvented Prohibitions.” The Tennessean, 2 July 1939, pp. 6-D, www.newspapers.com/image/160994914.

  • Seals, Robert M. “Colley Denials Given on Stand.” The Tennessean, 6 Nov. 1941, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/148101124.

  • Seals, Robert M. “Colley Jury to Report At 9 O'clock After Night of Deliberation.” The Tennessean, 13 Nov. 1941, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/148103330.

  • Seals, Robert M. “Colley Lawyers Continue Fight After Conviction.” The Tennessean, 14 Nov. 1941, pp. 1–9, www.newspapers.com/image/148103547.

  • Seals, Robert M. “'Confession' Hit In Colley Trial.” The Tennessean, 30 Oct. 1941, pp. 1–13.

  • Seals, Robert M. “Nobody Helped Colley in Killing, State Charges.” The Tennessean, 12 Nov. 1941, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/148103167.

  • Seals, Robert M. “Singer Boys, Colley Witnesses, Deny Knowledge of Ellis Death.” The Tennessean, 11 Nov. 1941, pp. 1–5, www.newspapers.com/image/148103009.

  • “Time Held Key To Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 24 June 1939, pp. 1–2, www.newspapers.com/image/160989041.

  • “Two Quizzed In Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 23 July 1939, p. 10, www.newspapers.com/image/161007514.

  • “Warrant For Ellis Slayer Slated Today.” The Tennessean, 19 June 1939, pp. 1–10, www.newspapers.com/image/160987015.

  • “Youth Quizzed in Ellis Case.” The Tennessean, 9 July 1939, p. 1D, www.newspapers.com/image/160999599.

Photos

  • Marian Ellis with Ruckus (source)

  • Marian Ellis, Ruckus, and Jacob Singer (source)

  • Culvert (source)

  • Road to culvert (source)

  • Neighborhood photos (source)

  • Ellis family (source)

  • Jim Leslie, Jesse Wallace, and Pete Singer (source)

  • Death certificate (source)

  • Letter to the Editor (source)

  • Robert Wright, Jr. (source)

  • Shwab School (source)

  • Murder Remains Unsolved (source)

  • Principals in Ellis Case Developments (source)

  • Scene of the sexual assault (source)

  • Det. Storrs & the river man (source)

  • Leniency pledge (source)

  • State’s witnesses (source)

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