Tales from the Morgue

When a young lady shoplifted a dress, she fled the scene barefoot, leaving her shoes behind. Of course, she was called Cinderella after that.

And much like Cinderella, she had to try on the shoes in court after claiming she had never seen them before.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Friday, Oct. 18, 1968:

Jury Finds 'Cinderella' Girl Guilty

Was she the "Cinderella" who lost her glass slippers as she fled?

Deputy County Atty. John Neubauer maintained that Dorothy Jean Wilmore, 21, was the young woman who hastily cast her slippers aside outside McLellan's Southgate recently and fled barefoot carrying a stolen $5.98 dress.

Miss Wilmore said she had never see the shoes. To prove it, her attorney Ted Pedersen, put her on the witness stand where she stood on the table and tried on the shoes for the jury and Judge Alice Truman.

Neubauer said, "Yes, they fit," pointing to his key evidence.

Pedersen replies, "No, they're too big, obviously they're not hers." Early in the two-day trial Pedersen referred to "the Cinderella case."

The jury, after some two hours of deliberation, found Miss Wilmore guilty of petty theft with a prior offense.

Apparently the jury didn't care that the defense attorney claimed the shoes were too big. Or perhaps the jury may have thought she fled without them because they were too hard to run in since they were too big.

Dorothy Jean Wilmore was sentenced on Oct. 29, 1968, to two to five years in Arizona State Prison.

Johanna Eubank is an online content producer for the Arizona Daily Star and tucson.com. Contact her at jeubank@tucson.com

About Tales from the Morgue: The "morgue," is what those in the newspaper business call the archives. Before digital archives, the morgue was a room full of clippings and other files of old newspapers.