The 19-year-old model, Judith Ann Dull was planning in changing her career when she fell into Harvey Murray Glatman’s trap and became his first victim on August 1, 1957. Judith was looking for a job in dime store to she was worthy of her child.
Judith, who professionally known as Judy Van Horn, was married with a journalist husband, Robert L. Dull and through their marriage, they had a 14-months-old daughter, Susan. Their marriage however didn’t last long.
Judith filed for divorce on in June 7, 1957 and was awarded custody of the girl. Judith then moved to an apartment in West Hollywood where she shared with 19-year-old model, Betty Carver, who she met at a Hollywood photographer’s studio and Lynn Lykles, 22, another aspiring model.
Three weeks later, Robert took Susan back. He said Judith ‘kept the baby’s home and person in a filthy state’ and neglected the girl ‘to associate with other men.’ Therefore Judith was planning to change her career and looking for another job to show she was a good mother.
She was looking for a job in dime store so that she could win the custody of her daughter back. The custody hearing was scheduled for August 9, 1957 but she wasn’t made it.
Judith initially was never in Glatman’s plan. Glatman, posed as Johnny Glen, was looking for Lykles when he dropped by at the apartment on July 20, 1957, but she wasn’t home.
He then changed his mind after saw Judith’s picture at the apartment wall. He became fascinated with her and decided to engage her for two hours modelling job, at $ 20 per hour. He however didn’t mention his offer until the early morning of August 1, 1957 when he personally called Judith.
Judith was initially reluctant until he explained that they would have to shoot at her apartment, since his own was being used. Posing in her own home seemed safe enough, but when Glatman arrived there, he told her that he had managed to borrow a studio from a friend. It was, in fact, his own apartment.
Once there, he told her to take off her dress and put on a skirt and sweater. He then explained that he had to tie her hands behind her – he was taking a photograph for the cover of a ‘true detective’ magazine.
Dubious but compliant, she allowed him to tie her hands behind her, bind her knees together, and place a gag in her mouth. He snapped several photographs, then unbuttoned her sweater, pulled down her bra, and removed her skirt.
After that he shot more photographs. Finally, when she was clad only in panties, he laid her on the floor and started to fondle her. She struggled and protested through the gag. He threatened her with a gun until she promised not to resist, and then raped her twice. It was Glatman’s first sex in his life.
After that, both sat naked on the sofa and watched television. Judy promised that if he would let her go she would never tell anyone what had happened. Glatman pretended to agree – he wanted her cooperation.
He assured her that he would drive her out to a lonely place and release her, and then he would leave town. Then he drove into the desert area and strangled her, after first taking more photographs. He buried her in a shallow grave.
Judith’s housemate, Carver and Lykles, later discovered she failed to returned home that night and they lodged a missing person report on the next day.
On August 3, 1957, the police sent out an official alarm describing the missing person as blonde, blue-eyed, five feet four inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with a mole under her left breast. Johnny Glen was listed as about 30-year-old, six feet in height, weighing 150 – 160 pounds, with brown hair and very prominent ears.
The police soon discovered that there was no professional photographer named Johnny Glen. The telephone number he had given led to a booth in a busy public garage. Los Angeles authorities worked around the clock to trace the missing model but there were no clue of her fate.
Her missing resulted the custody of her daughter being awarded to her 25-year-old ex-husband.
Judith’s fate only known on December 29, when two hunters in the desert at Thousand Palms, California, near Indio, stumbled over a woman’s long dead body. A pearl ring on one of the body fingers identified her as Judith Ann Dull.
Seven months later, her killer was arrested for killing two other women and was ordered to die by Superior Court Judge John A. Hewicker. He was put on death in the gas chamber at San Quentin on September 18, 1958.