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Monday, June 27, 2022

30 Days of Mean Marie

Young Marie

Young Marie

Marie Dean Arrington never discussed her childhood during jailhouse interviews she granted to Gary Corsair in 2012. And Marie’s sister, Dorothy Floyd, refused to discuss Marie’s formative years. Ed Lynum, Jr., however, was happy to share what he remembered. Here…

Thanks mom

A crucial moment of Marie Dean Arrington’s 1968 preliminary hearing came when Arrington’s mother Mary E. Wilson testified that Marie phoned her on the evening of April 22 and asked to be picked up in the Treasure Island area outside…
Harassment?

Harassment?

More than 100 law enforcement officers worked the June Ritter murder case. Records from 1968 show that some of them were overzealous in their attempt to convict Marie Dean Arrington. Some officers may have even coerced witnesses into testifying against…
The curious case of Lloyd Dean

The curious case of Lloyd Dean

Arrington’s son Lloyd Dean was sentenced to life in prison for robbing a Leesburg service station in 1967 even though no one was injured during the crime. Assistant State Attorney L.E. Brown wasn’t sure if Lloyd or one of his…
McCall’s blunder

McCall’s blunder

The State of Florida’s case against Marie Dean Arrington received a severe blow when Lake County Sheriff Willis V. McCall admitted on the stand that he failed to advise Arrington of her constitutional rights prior to questioning her. That pivotal…
Look at me

Look at me

If Marie Dean Arrington did abduct Vivian “June” Ritter, the crime was spontaneous. Arrington’s actions on the morning of April 22, 1968 rule out pre-meditated murder. Arrington took a circuitous, but very public journey from Mike Street to Bob Pierce’s…
Only item taken

Only item taken

Investigators who poured over Bob Pierce’s office in a search for clues missed one. At first, lawmen thought Ritter’s abductor[s] didn’t disturb anything. Pierce set the record straight during a May 7, 1968 deposition: “Up until today, I could find…
Manslaughter

Manslaughter

Marie Dean Arrington should have been behind bars instead of walking Leesburg streets in 1968. In 1964, she was tried for murdering her husband Lester during an argument on the Fourth of July at Bethune Beach. She bonded out of…
The orange grove

The orange grove

On Sunday, April 28, 1968, Arrington led law enforcement officers to the murder site, even though she insisted she had nothing to do with June Ritter’s murder. Arrington claimed that she and June Ritter were both forcibly brought to a…

The first

Marie Dean Arrington just missed (by a couple of months) being the first woman to land on the FBI Most Wanted List. Arrington was preceded by Ruth Eisemann-Schier, who kidnapped construction heiress Barbara Jane Mackle and buried her alive in…
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