Ruth “Sunny” McKenzie, 29, of 1221 El Prado Ave., Torrance, was being held at the Torrance City Jail on suspicion of murder after an incident in her third floor apartment. McKenzie was arguing with her fiance, 30-year-old salesman Jack C. Floyd, about his fondness for another girl at the chemical plant where they both worked.
McKenzie claimed that Floyd fell to his knees while McKenzie sat in a kitchen chair, hugging his assailant and proclaiming that he loved only her. “I was just playing around with the bread knife, which was lying on the drainboard within reach of my hand. I really didn’t mean to stab him. It was an accident.”
Floyd, who lived with his mother in an apartment on the second floor of the building, was allegedly awaiting finalization of his divorce from Mrs. Muriel Floyd of Gardena before marrying Miss McKenzie. Two nights before her son’s death, Mrs. Faye Marie Floyd expressed missgivings about Miss McKenzie, to which she says he replied “Don’t worry, mother. I have no intention of marrying the girl.”