Episode 109: The Murder of Dorothy Poore: The Girl in the Drawer

In 1954, two maids found a horrible odor coming from a dresser in one of the rooms at the Claypool Hotel. When the dresser was searched, hotel staff found the badly decomposed body of a woman in the bottom drawer. Her name was Dorothy Poore, an 18-year-old trying to build a future in Indianapolis. What had happened to her, and who had put her body in the drawer?



Janes, Paul N. ‘Fine Girl’ Had Reason to Fear City. The Indianapolis Star, 7/19/1954

3 Identify Killer Suspect. The Indianapolis Star, 7/20/1954

Girl’s Body Found in Hotel. The Indianapolis Star, 7/19/1954

Griffo, Charles G. and Anderson, Bill. Nation Hunts Hotel Killer. The Indianapolis Star, 7/23/1954

Police Return Killer Who Talked Too Much. The Indianapolis News, 7/24/1954

Police Return Killer Who Talked Too Much. The Indianapolis News, ,7/25/1954

Killer Bares Attack on Girl. The Indianapolis Star, 7/25/1954

‘Ruth’ Sought Anew in Hotel Slaying. The Indianapolis Star, 8/30/1954

Lie Detector ‘Flunks’ In ‘Ruth’ Identity Test. The Indianapolis Star, 9/18/1954

Martinez, Kimiko. Indy’s darkest local lore: Embassy Suites. Indianapolis Star, 10/5/2017

Griffo, Charles G. Lively Defense To Say He Was In ‘Gin Stupor.’ The Indianapolis Star, 11/16/1954

Roberts, Bill. Maid Tells of Finding Girl’s Body in Drawer. The Indianapolis News, 11/22/1954

Expert Gives Story of Dorothy Death. The Indianapolis Star, 11/23/1954

Confession Forced, Says Lively; No, Says Policeman. The Indianapolis News, 11/24/1954

‘We Made Love and I Blacked Out’ – Lively. The Indianapolis News, 11/30/1954

State Winds Up Lively Case Demanding Chair. The Indianapolis News, 12/1/1954

Griffo, Charles G. State Rips Holes Into Lively Story Of ‘Gin Stupor’ While Dorothy Died. The Indianapolis Star, 12/1/1954

Griffo, Charles G. Lively Convicted, Gets Life. The Indianapolis Star, 12/2/1954

Griffo, Charles G. Lively Refuses Appeal Of Life Term Decision. The Indianapolis Star, 12/3/1954

Mitchell, Dawn. True Crime: The ‘dresser drawer murder’ at the Claypool Hotel. Indy Star, 7/13/2018

United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Fairview Park, Vermillion, Indiana; Roll: 3054; Sheet Number: 1; Enumeration District: 83-10

Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1981; Roll: 03

Hazel Poore. Findagrave.com

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


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