Deceased/Not Found FL - Curtis, 58, & Marjorie Chillingworth, 56, W. Palm Beach, 1955 *3 guilty*

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Although this case has been closed for many years, the victims' bodies were never found.


    Curtis Eugene Chillingworth
    Missing since June 14, 1955 from West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach County, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: October 24, 1896
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 58 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male.
    Clothing: A pair of men's pajamas and a pairs of slippers were missing from his house.

    Marjorie Croude McKinley Chillingworth
    Missing since June 14, 1955 from West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach County, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: circa 1899
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 56 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female.
    Clothing: A nightgown and a pairs of slippers were missing from her house.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Judge Curtis Chillingworth was last seen with his wife Marjorie Chillingworth at a dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 14, 1955. They left the dinner about 10 PM for their Manapalan home.

    They had hired a carpenter to come the morning of June 15 to build a playground for the grandchildren. The carpenter arrived at 8 a.m. The door was open and the home was empty. Chillingworth didn't show up for a 10 a.m. hearing at the courthouse in West Palm Beach.

    Police found a shattered porch light, drops of blood on the walkway to the beach, and two used spools of adhesive tape, one in the sand and one in the living room. Also found: dry swim suits, discounting the idea of accidental drowning during a morning swim. Money still in the judge's billfold and $40 still in Marjorie's pocketbook ruled out robbery. The keys were still in the ignition of Chillingworth's Plymouth.

    And extensive search turned up no clues. In 1957, Curtis and Marjorie Chillingworth were declared dead.

    Judge Joseph Peel was the city's only municipal judge. Peel was protecting bolita operators and moonshiners. In 1953, he represented both sides in a divorce. His superior, Chillingworth, gave him only a reprimand, with the warning that this was his last chance.

    In June 1955, with Judge Chillingworth possibly about to end Peel's career over the non-divorce fiasco, Peel had been in a panic. Lucky Holzapfel, a carpenter's apprentice, a service station attendant and a bartender bought a skiff, and a second anchor. On the night of June 14, he and accomplice Bobby Lincoln went to Manalapan and landed on the beach behind the house around 1 a.m. Bobby Lincoln crouched in the bushes as Lucky knocked on the door. The judge answered in his pajamas. Lucky pulled a pistol from under his shirt and forced the Judge and his wife into the boat. After the boat drifted for about an hour, the couple were thrown overboard with lead weights strapped to their legs.

    On December 12, Lucky pleaded guilty to both murders and was sent to Death Row. On March 30, 1961, Peel was found guilty of accessory to murder. He received two life sentences. The accomplice to the murder, Bobby Lincoln, finished his federal prison term in Michigan in 1962.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office 561-688-3000

    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Palm Beach Post
    The Doe Network: Case File 2122DFFL and 2267DMFL

  2. anthrobones

    anthrobones New Member

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    Bumping up case
  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Here is an old one. Interesting plot but no final ending.
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    I thought this was interesting:

    Attorney sentenced to 5 years for defrauding law clients
    By Jane Musgrave, The Palm Beach Post
    June 7, 2011

    A lawyer who was raised by one of Palm Beach County's most respected attorneys but is the biological son of one of its most notorious murderers was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for defrauding clients out of more than $600,000.

    Without any show of emotion, A. Clark Cone, 56, pleaded guilty to grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. He was fingerprinted and taken into custody immediately.

    Raised by the late Al Cone, who launched the careers of many prominent attorneys, A. Clark Cone was arrested in 2009, spurring a startling revelation. He is the biological son of Joe Peel, a once-respected attorney who was convicted of masterminding the 1955 drowning deaths of Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife.

    While Cone's wife left the courtroom in tears, one of his victims said he had no sympathy.

    "We put all our trust in Mr. Cone," said Anthony DePrizio, who flew in from Boston to tell Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Rapp how Cone's dishonesty prolonged the agony of a Riviera Beach car accident that nearly cost his wife her life. Instead of helping him and his wife recover money they needed for her care, he stole it.

    Cone's prison sentence offered DePrizio little comfort.

    "I don't care if he serves one day. I just want my money," he said.

    Although ordered to make restitution, Cone appears to have no means to repay his clients.

    He has been disbarred, his $540,000 home is in foreclosure, and he was represented by a public defender.

    He took a $500,000 settlement he negotiated for the DePrizios in 2005, prosecutors said. He kept $100,000 he received in 2006 to settle a lawsuit on behalf of a Miramar man who lost his wife in a plane crash. He also kept $38,940 awarded a Boca Raton woman he represented in a slip-and-fall case.

    But the extent of his misdeeds are unknown. A paralegal who worked for him said many people, including a couple who claimed their son suffered neurological damage because he was misdiagnosed at two local medical centers, lost their ability to recover money because Cone failed to file court papers on time.

    Further, an examiner for The Florida Bar, who audited Cone's books, reported that he didn't keep records to show whose money he kept in his trust accounts. It was clear that Cone used the accounts as a piggy bank, the examiner said.

    John Tuckett, who was driving the car when DePrizio's wife was injured, said he belatedly discovered that Cone had gotten $4,000 from an insurance company by forging his and his wife's signatures. He said he never asked Cone to pursue the insurance company and didn't know he had done so until DePrizio started investigating.

    The deceit was hurtful, Tuckett said. He had recommended that DePrizio hire Cone because Cone and his son were friends.

    Many who knew about Cone's connection to perhaps the most shocking crime in county history voiced similar sentiments after his arrest.

    His mother married Al Cone after Peel was convicted for hiring two thugs to kill Chillingworth and his wife. Peel feared Chillingworth was about to blow the whistle on his lucrative bolita and numbers racket and strip him of his ability to practice law.

    Al Cone adopted Clark Cone and his sister.

    "I'm going down a horrible memory lane," longtime resident Mimi Mirsky said shortly after Cone's arrest.

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