A Madam, A Murder, A Mystery

Exhuming Arizona's most notorious prostitute

"I remember that four-by-eight foot cell down there in Yuma," says Bill Gabbard. "The jailer come and opened the door, and I said, 'What's going on?' And he said, 'You're going home.'

Her face bruised from her pimp's final blows, Gabriell Dardley poses for a jailhouse photo in 1915.
courtesy of Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library
Her face bruised from her pimp's final blows, Gabriell Dardley poses for a jailhouse photo in 1915.

"I went out to the front, and there was my wife and Dollie standing there. Dollie didn't say nothin', and she was bent over and shakin', but she was smiling that little smile she always had. I tell you, if it wasn't for her, I'd still be in that jail. I think about her a lot. She sure was a fine lady." image

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