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La Cañada's Second Murder Case: Overell Murders

January 05, 2006|By Anita Susan Brenner

The prosecution argued that the machine screws found on the floor of Bud Gollum's car were unique and hard-to-find. These machine screws matched the clock used to set off the bomb. Defense attorney Jacobs went to a local hardware store and found identical screws. He brought a box of them to the trial.

The prosecution pointed to the leftover dynamite found in the trunk of Bud Gollum's car. Bud took the stand and testified that he bought the dynamite at Walter Overell's request, for the removal of tree stumps.

At the end, the jury found Bud Gollum and Beulah Louise Overell not guilty of all charges. They were released from jail, but they did not get married.

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They say that there was little to inherit from the Overells' estate after all, that Beulah died of alcoholism and that George "Bud" Gollum is still alive, somewhere in Northern California.

Walter and Beulah are buried at Forest Lawn Glendale, on Sunrise Slope, beneath a white marble statue of a young man and woman -- they are dancing.

All's well that ends well.

(Anita Susan Brenner practices law in Pasadena with her husband, Len Torres. Anita's website is www.anitabrenner.com.)

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