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Episode 14: Lovers' Lane

Updated: Jun 28

The discovery of Larry Peyton’s body at a local lovers’ lane in 1960 shocked the residents of Portland. Equally confusing was the unknown whereabouts of Larry’s girlfriend, Beverly Allan. There appeared to be no motive behind the attack, leaving young lovers in the city worried they would be next.


Eight years and three trials later, we’re left with questions. Were the right people put away for the crime? Was this a missed opportunity to have stopped the Zodiac Killer?





Inside view of Larry's car, photo courtesy of The Oregonian

photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Beverly's Broken Nail

Beverly's Allan's partially nude body and scalped head.

Nikki Sallak


Left to Right: Robert Brom, Carl Jorgenson, and Edward Jorgenson

A young Ed Edwards, photo courtesy of eonline.com

Ed Edwards and Family, photo courtesy of elle.com


An elderly Ed Edwards (Yeah, the guy from the podcast The Clearing), photo courtesy of rollingstone.com

Ed Edwards, photo courtesy of cleveland.com


Sources

The Peyton-Allan Files

Phil Stanford

ptown Books


Phil Stanford explores notorious 1960 Portland murder case in 'The Peyton-Allan Files'

Jeff Baker

https://www.oregonlive.com/books/2010/11/phil_stanford_explores_notorio.html


Did Oregon miss a chance to catch the Zodiac Killer?

Finn J.D. John

http://www.offbeatoregon.com/1305a-peyton-allan-murders-manwiththehook.html


State v. Brom

https://law.justia.com/cases/oregon/court-of-appeals/1972/494-p-2d-434-2.html


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