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Norman James Wheelock

Norman James Wheelock

Male 1912 - 1940  (27 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Norman James Wheelock 
    Born 11 Nov 1912  Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1920 
    1920 Wheelock 9.
    1920 Wheelock 9.
    1920 US census, Warsaw, Wyoming, New York, enumeration district 217, Family Number 243, Wheelock.
    Census 1930 
    1930 Wheelock 9.
    1930 Wheelock 9.
    1930 US census, Endicott, Broome, New York, enumeration district 4-81, Family Number 113, Wheelock.
    Biographical Information 19 Sep 1939 
    13 year old Evelyn Reed was hurrying home from school to bake a cake for her mother when she disappeared while walking on Cemetery road. Six days later her body was found. She had been assaulted and murdered by being stabbed with a screw driver. Under her finger nails they found blue wool fibers that didn't belong to any of her clothes. They were able to identify the fibers as matching a particular work jacket typically sold to laborers. They were sold in one place in town. Some of the purchasers could be identified because they had been charged. Sorting through the names investigators immediately started focusing on Norman J Wheelock who had previously spent time in Attica Prison for assault. Further evidence was collected and a trial was held. After just two and a half hours of deliberation the jury found Wheelock guilty of first degree murder. Defense attorneys argued for a disposition of insanity but, it was rejected. August 1st, 1940 at 11:00pm Wheelock met his end in the electric chair at Sing Sing.  
    Corning NY Evening Leader 1934 First Arrest.
    Corning NY Evening Leader 1934 First Arrest.
    April 1934 was the first time Wheelock ran afoul of the law. He spent time in Attica prison for assaulting a woman. Corning (Steuben County, New York) Evening Leader, Thursday, April, 26, 1936, page 9.
    Evelyn Reed.
    Evelyn Reed.
    Evelyn Reed the victim.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Charged with First Degree Murder. (continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Charged with First Degree Murder. (continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, September 29, 1939. Page one. As Penn Yan was the home town of the victim, Evelyn Reed the Pen Yan Democrat had extended coverage which did a very good job of detailing the evidence.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Sep 29 pg 8.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Sep 29 pg 8.
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, September 29, 1939. Page eight.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Trial Begins.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Trial Begins.
    Elmira (Chemung County, New York) Star Gazette. Tuesday, October 10, 1939, page 9.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Witnesses.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Witnesses.
    Elmira (Chemung County, New York) Star Gazette. Thursday October 5, 1939, page 20.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Jury.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Jury.
    Elmira (Chemung County, New York) Star Gazette. Friday, October 9, 1939, page 7.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Juror Selected.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Juror Selected.
    Elmira (Chemung County, New York) Star Gazette. Thursday, October 19, 1939, page nine.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Trial Started Wednesday.(continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Trial Started Wednesday.(continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, October 27, 1939. Page one. As Penn Yan was the home town of the victim, Evelyn Reed the Pen Yan Democrat had extended coverage which did a very good job of detailing the evidence.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Oct 27 Pg 8.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Oct 27 Pg 8.
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, October 27, 1939. Page eight.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Confession.
    Elmira NY Star Gazette 1939 - Confession.
    Elmira (Chemung County, New York) Star Gazette. Saturday, October 28, 1939, page 3. A number of important articles about Norman J. Wheelock's trial including one that states his confession is admissible in court.
    Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1939 - Childhood Examined.
    Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1939 - Childhood Examined.
    Niagara Falls (Niagara County, New York) Gazette. Thursday, November 2, 1939. Page seven.
    Geneva NY Daily Times 1939 - Wife Testifies.
    Geneva NY Daily Times 1939 - Wife Testifies.
    Geneva (Ontario and Seneca counties, New York) Daily Times. Friday, November 3, 1939. Page 3.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Wheeloch Murder Trial Nears End. (continued on page 4)
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 - Wheeloch Murder Trial Nears End. (continued on page 4)
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, November 3, 1939. Page one. As Penn Yan was the home town of the victim, Evelyn Reed the Pen Yan Democrat had extended coverage which did a very good job of detailing the evidence
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Nov 3 pg 4. (Continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Nov 3 pg 4. (Continued on page 8)
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, November 3, 1939. Page four.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Nov 3 pg 8.
    Penn Yan NY Democrat 1939 Nov 3 pg 8.
    Penn Yan (Yates County, New York) Democrat. Friday, November 3, 1939. Page four.
    Geneva NY Daily Times 1939 - Jury Gets the Case.
    Geneva NY Daily Times 1939 - Jury Gets the Case.
    Geneva (Ontario and Seneca counties, New York) Daily Times. Friday, November 10, 1939, page 5.
    Wheelock Execution Set.
    Wheelock Execution Set.
    Canisteo (Steuben County, New York) Times. Front page. Thursday August, 1, 1940.
    Canisteo NY Times  - Wheelock Dies.
    Canisteo NY Times - Wheelock Dies.
    Canisteo (Steuben County, New York) Times. Thursday, August 8, 1940, page 8.
    Census 1940 
    1940 Wheelock 25.
    1940 Wheelock 25.
    1940 US census, Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, Westchester, New York, enumeration district 60-256, Line 7, Wheelock.
    Occupation Telephone lineman. 
    Died 1 Aug 1940  Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sardinia Cemetery (New), Sardinia, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings
    1. Francis Wheelock,   b. Abt 1918, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I23915  Nagel
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2015 

    Father Frank James Wheelock,   b. 17 Nov 1886, Sardinia, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mrs Ruby L Wheelock,   b. 1885, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1977  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F7769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laizalia Christina Bell,   b. 29 Jun 1912, East Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Sep 1933  Steuben County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wheelock-Bell Marriage Licence.
    Wheelock-Bell Marriage Licence.
    Wheelock-Bell Marriage Licence.
    Children 
     1. Wheelock  [Birth]
     2. Wheelock  [Birth]
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F7770  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart