Voices — Christine Collins, November 9, 1930


From the California State Archives

The Christine Collins letters

The woman whose tragedy inspired the Clint Eastwood movie "Changeling" tells her story in her own words.

  Los Angeles Calif.
  Nov. 9, 1930

    Dear Mr. Clark,
I was very happy to received your very encouraging letter of Nov. 3rd.
I want to apologize for not answering sooner and thanking you for your
kindness also in sending me the blank forms in case that I am
successful in obtaining employment for Walter. You are so lovely toward
both of us and your kindness is greatly appreciated.
    It means a great deal when folks like you show such consideration and we feel now that there is a brighter future.
    I have taken up the subject of parole for Walter with several prominent businessmen and feel that they are interested.
I had occasion to visit the lodge hall of the Knights of Pythias last
Wednesday evening to appeal for signatures of the brother knights on a
letter from them to the directors of the prison board. I was informed
beforehand that I probably would be called upon to speak before a small
group of committee men. Imagine my surprise when I was introduced and
then escorted to a chair next to the chancellor commander.
I was then asked to "make a speech" that is talk in behalf of Walter
regarding a parole. It was so unexpected and surprised me so that I thot I was petrified.

asked the chancellor to speak for me, which he did and I believe his
appeal was effective. He said, "as a daughter of a past chancellor
commander and a brother knight, now deceased, Mrs. Collins is asking
your aid in trying to obtain a parole for her husband, whom we all
think has suffered enough," etc.

I was then escorted back across
the large hall and as I was leaving I turned around and said, "I want
to thank you all for your kind attention!" to which they all applauded.
I do not know whether it was the "speech" I made or the recovery of my
tongue. My father had been a member of the K.Ps for 35 years. He always
said that that lodge always assisted the families of brother knights in
distress. Anyway I sent out my S.O.S.

We want to visit as often just as soon as we are settled. The invitation is standing.

Thanking you again for your encouraging letter.

I wish to remain

Sincerely your friend,

Mrs. Walter J. Collins
Tel # Capitol 3996


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