When Jay Dee Chitwood fell in front of a truck near 203rd Street and Western Avenue in August 1944, the coroner thought he had a simple accidental death on his table. But look closer. Cause of death: punctured lung? Hardly a typical injury for someone hit by a car.
Only nobody did look closer until today, when officers picked up Mrs. Helen Chitwood, who had been yapping to a gentleman friend about how she’d stabbed her husband twice and watched him fall into the street, and the dopey cops never noticed the knife wounds. Detectives dropped by Helen’s pad at 888 1/2 Hamilton Way to ask if that’s how it happened. Sure, she told them, we had a fight and it happened just like that.
Mrs. Chitwood is cooling her heels in the San Pedro Jail, and the coroner has got some ‘splaining to do.