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Hollywood Screenwriter Admits Stabbing Wife to Death

Feb. 24, 1963 - Funeral services were conducted today for Mrs. Dolores Heideman, 32, as police prepared to charge her husband Leonard, 35-year-old television writer, with her murder. (Pictured below, two coroner’s deputies remove Mrs. Heideman’s body from her home Friday). Heideman, who has written scripts for “Bonanza,” “Have Gun - Will Travel,” and many other television series, sat numbly in a cell at West Valley Police station in Los Angeles as the services were conducted at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Memorial Park Chapel by Rabbi Julian Feingold of the University Synagogue. Detective Sergeant O.D. de Ryk said he would apply for a district attorney’s murder complaint against Heideman tomorrow morning in Van Nuys. Mrs. Heideman was found dead early Friday in their blood-spattered $50,000 home in Tarzana after police were summoned by neighbors. She had been stabbed repeatedly with a pair of kitchen shears. Heideman was unable to give a coherent account of the slaying to officers, although he admitted the stabbing, they said.

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