Episode 98: Haunted Christmas: The Death of Earl Albert Nead

Earl Albert Nead was born on November 13, 1937. By Christmas Day, he was dead, the victim of a horrible accident. But as police looked into things, the more it appeared that Earl’s death was deliberate. What had happened in that small Wisconsin apartment that Christmas?



Boy of Nine Years is Fatally Injured. Stevens Point Journal, 3/8/1922

Vesper Youth Confesses ‘Spiritual Slaying’ of Son. Marshfield News-Herald, 12/27/1937

Release Wife of Confessed Baby Slayer. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 12/28/1937

Infant Killed Christmas Day. Marshfield News-Herald, 12/27/1937

Youth Confesses Killing Foster Son of Girl Wife. The Capitol Times, 12/27/1937

Vesper Youth Confesses ‘Spiritual Slaying’ of Son. Marshfield News-Herald, 12/27/1937

Officials Call in Pathologist. Marshfield News-Herald, 12/28/1937

Fine Hair, Skin Found Under Nead’s Nails. Stevens Point Journal, 12/28,1937

Wife’s Parents Charge Youth Previously Tried to Kill Baby. The Journal Times, 12/28/1937

Vesper Youth Enters Plea Of Insanity. Stevens Point Journal, 12/29/1937

Nead Pleads Innocent; Claims Insanity. The Daily Tribune, 12/29/1937

Slayer Makes Insanity Plea. The Journal Times, 12/29/1937

Slayer of His Foster Son to State Asylum. The Capital times, 12/29/1937

Nead Calm on Trip to State Hospital. Stevens Point Journal, 12/30/1937

Spiritualists Defend Nead. The Daily Tribune, 1/7/1938

Nead Sane, Claim of Psychiatrists Who Examined Him. Stevens Point Journal, 2/23/1938

Doctors Claim Youth Is Sane. Marshfield News-Herald, 2/23/1938

Nead Pleads Guilty; Gets 14 to 20 Years. The Daily Tribune, 3/14/1938

Nead Sentenced To 14 To 20 Years On His Plea of Guilty. 3/14/1938

Nead Accuses Wife of Christmas Day Murder. Marshfield News-Herald, 3/15/1938

Henry Nead to Ask Executive Clemency. Stevens Point Journal, 11/29/1940

Henry Nead Faces Return to Prison. Marshfield News-Herald, 12/9/1943

Nead Under Arrest for Violating His Parole. Green Bay Press-Gazette, 12/10/1943

Henry J. Nead To File Application About May 10. Marshfield News-Herald, 4/2/1946

Vesper ‘Ghost’ Killer Plans to Seek Clemency. Marshfield News-Herald, 3/31/1948

James Nead. The Oshkosh Northwestern, 9/17/1982

Whetstone, Rhonda. Man blames dead father’s ghost for killing infant. The Daily Tribune, 12/9/2014

Whetstone, Rhonda. Teenage dad plead insanity in death. The Daily Tribune, 12/23/2014

U.S. Census Records

Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952

Frank Albert Nead, Sr. www.findagrave.com



Kaaryn Gustafson on the History and Impact of Bastardy Laws. www.law.uci.edu.

Year: 1940; Census Place: Waupun, Dodge, Wisconsin; Roll: m-t0627-04473; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 14-60

Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin; Wi Marriage Records 1907-1939

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