Robert Eck DonnellsAge: 35 years1921–1957
- Robert Eck Donnells
|Birth|| May 21, 1921 39 40|
|Death of a mother||Beatrice Eck|
before 1930 (Age 8 years)
Note: Her husband Clyde is listed as a widower on the 1930 census
|Census|| 1930 (Age 8 years)|
|Death|| May 11, 1957 (Age 35 years)|
|Family with parents|
Clyde Ordain Donnells
Birth: May 22, 1881 — Indiana
Birth: about 1881 — Indiana
Death: before 1930
Lula (Lulu) May Donnells
Birth: March 19, 1907 25 26 — Medora, Jackson, Indiana
Death: November 18, 1974 — Seymour, Jackson, Indiana
|Family with Private|
In the 1930 US Federal Census for Jackson, Jackson, Indiana, 27-year-old Indiana-born Arnold and 23-year-old Indiana-born Lulu [Donnells] McCasland were married when he was 24- and she was 19-years old. They have in their household their Indiana-born children, 2-year 9-month old George and 4-month old Catherine, Lula's 50-year-old Indiana-born widowed father, Clyde Donnells and Lulu's 9-year-old Indiana-born schoolboy brother, Robert Donnells. Arnold, Lula and Clyde are literate. Arnold is a truck driver for a contracting frim and Clyde is a laborer in a spoke factory. Both have worked on the last regularly scheduled work day. Clyde is a veteran of WWI. The family is living in a rented house, for which they pay $18 a month.
When Robert Eck Donnels died on 11 May 1957 in Los Angeles County, California, his birthdate was listed as 21 May 1920, his birthplace as Indiana and his mother's maiden name as Ecx [sic].
Press-Telegram, Long Beach 12, Calif., Saturday, May 11, 1957, page 1 BRIDE SLAYS HUSBAND IN FIGHT AT REDONDO Dying Victim Says, 'I Had It Coming' Wife Shoots Mate After He Knocks Her Down in Row REDONCO Beach (CNS) --A Redondo Beach steelworker was slain by his birde today after he knocked her to the floor of their home. But before Robert Donnells died vrom a bullet in the stom- ach, he gasped: "Don't arrest her. I had it coming to me." Donnells, 36, died at Harbor General Hospital at 2:30 a.m. from the wound inflected by his wife, Mabel Ann, 35.
WHEN BOOKED at Redondo Beach police station of suspi- cion of murder, Mrs. Donnells told officers: "I just couldn't stand being treated like dirt any longer." She said their marriage has been stormy since the ceremony last Dec. 16. "The trouble is he drinds and I don't," she explained. The brwon-haired, brown-eyed bride said her husband returned to the home at 2217 Nelson Lane and they quarreled about her visiting a girl friend. He knocked her down. "I looked up and the first thing I saw was this rifle," she said. "I guess I did shoot him. That's all I remember until we were all out on the lawn.>"
MORTALL WOUNDED by the 22-caliber bullet, Donnells staggered next door to the home of his nephew, Edward A. La- ney, 25. "Ed, she shot me," he gasped as he collapsed on the front porch. Mrs. Donnells ran to her fal- len husband. "Do you hate me for what I did to you?" she asked. "I didn't hear what he an- swered, but the police told me he said, 'Don't arrest her. I had it coming to me,' " she said later. Mrs. Donnels borrowed the rifle from Laney the day before because she was frighted by a prowler several nights ago.