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Episode #11: Babes in the Woods - Murdered (1934)

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

**GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING**

Some details and images in this post may be especially disturbing


Three children lying on a blanket holding onto one another as if they were sleeping in the woods...only they weren't sleeping. Who could commit such a heinous crime and why?


Babes in the Woods

Norma Sedgewick, Dewilla Noakes & Cordelia Noakes

Birth:1922/1924/1926 - Death: 11/24/1934

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Hometown: California


Crime Scene: Unknown. The girls were found lying on a blanket holding onto each other as if they were sleeping in a field near Pine Grove Furnace State Park.


Last Known Location Alive: Philadelphia, PA


Injury Description: Suffocation by external means.


Suspect Description: Unknown


Additional Information: It's believed Elmo Noakes (father) and Winifred Pierce (cousin/niece) were involved in the murder of the girls, but they were found dead outside of Altoona, PA the following day in an apparent murder-suicide.


DNA: Unknown


Fingerprints: Unknown




Sources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtgwH1-OpwEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bxJstR67-Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGz9uyBTXOU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babes_in_the_Wood_murders_(Pine_Grove_Furnace)

https://cumberlink.com/news/local/history/families-recall-relatives-stories-surrounding-babes-in-the-woods-ystery/article_0d36378a-78e2-11e4-8efa-11b2e2ff14.html#:~:text=The%20prevailing%20theory%20was%20that,soft%20cloth%2C%20pillow%20or%20blanket.

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/11/tenderly-tucked-under-a-blanket-the-babes-in-the-woods-found-85-years-ago-vintage-photos.html https://thepennsylvaniarambler.com/2018/12/16/the-babes-in-the-woods/

https://cumberlink.com/news/local/history/babes-in-the-woods-discovery-of-3-slain-girls-opened-iconic-mystery-80-years-ago/article_3c6cf702-735e-11e4-b2b5-db72e2228da2.html

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