June 24, 1957
Police Capt. Walter R. Koenig was out walking his dog in the 5500 block of Green Oak Drive, where it dead ends in the Hollywood Hills, when he found Baby Boy Doe.
He was 1 to 3 months old, and someone had wrapped him in blankets and
put him in a cardboard box. An animal discovered Baby Boy Doe and
dragged him out. "Police said the baby’s legs are missing and one
appears to have been cleanly severed with a sharp instrument," the
Mirror said. He had been dead three or four days.
Koenig told investigators he had seen a young couple in the area a week
earlier. When he questioned them about what they were doing, the man
asked for directions and they left, Koenig said.
Rest in peace, Baby Boy Doe.
Koenig joined the LAPD in 1938, a watershed year in Los Angles
politics because it marked the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw and the
reform administration of Fletcher Bowron.
In 1964, he became the police chief in
Torrance. In 1969, shortly before reaching retirement age, Koenig accepted a teaching job at Georgia State
In an extremely rare honor for a police officer, the American Civil
Liberties Union paid tribute to Koenig with its Courage of Conviction
award. "As chief of police, Koenig, while enforcing the law firmly and
fairly, always displayed an awareness of the rights of the individual
as embodied in the Constitution," the ACLU said.