|This timeline is an excerpt from Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe (Taylor Trade, 2009) and was compiled from primary source materials – including original court documents, prison records, census records, and city directories, as well as original correspondence with lawyers and psychiatrists.
For permission to republish, as well as for verification of any of the places and dates, please contact Silvia Pettem.
December 10, 1927—Harvey Glatman was born in the Bronx, New York, to Albert and Ophelia Glatman. Prior to 1930, Albert, Ophelia, and Harvey moved to Denver.
1930—The Glatman family lived briefly in Denver before moving back to New York. Harvey was an only child.
1937–1944—The Glatmans returned to Denver and moved in with Ophelia’s sister, Rosalie Gold. Harvey Glatman attended Denver East High School, where he was in the top seventh percentile of his class and played the cornet in the high school concert band.
1944–1945—During Glatman’s senior year in high school, he started binding, gagging, and molesting Denver women, while robbing them of small amounts of money.
May 4, 1945—Glatman bound, gagged, molested, and robbed Eula Jo Hand and two other women in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.
May 18, 1945—Glatman was arrested—for the first time—in Denver, for the “robbery” of Eula Jo Hand and two other women.
May 18–21, 1945—Glatman was confined in the Denver County Jail and, reportedly, did not get to graduate from high school.
May 21, 1945—Glatman’s mother Ophelia bailed him out of jail, paying $2,000 in three separate checks.
July 15, 1945—While out of jail on bond, Glatman bound, gagged, molested, and robbed Norene Lauer in Boulder.
July 17, 1945—Glatman was arrested—for the second time—in Denver, for his Boulder assault of Norene Lauer. He was transported back to Boulder and confined in the Boulder County Jail.
July 23, 1945—Glatman was released from the Boulder jail after a bondsman paid his $5,000 bail.
July 31, 1945—Glatman’s bond on the Lauer case was reduced to $2,000, and he was committed to the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital, in Denver, for evaluation.
July 31–September 8, 1945—Glatman was confined in the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital.
September 27, 1945—While out of the hospital and out on bond from both the Denver and Boulder county jails, Glatman bound, gagged, molested, and robbed two women in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. He also molested another Denver woman, who screamed and ran out of her house.
September 30, 1945—Glatman was arrested—for the third time—in Denver, for the Park Hill neighborhood assaults.
September 30–October 8, 1945—Glatman again was confined in the Denver County Jail.
October 8, 1945—Glatman was ordered by the court to go back to the psychopathic hospital for “a period not exceeding 10 days.” On the same day, the court released the $2,000 bond on the Eula Jo Hand et al. case.
November 4, 1945—Glatman’s third charge—for the Park Hill assaults—was dismissed.
November 19, 1945—Glatman pled guilty, in Denver, in the case of Eula Jo Hand et al. Dr. Hilton was his only defense witness and recommended insulin shock treatments.
November 26, 1945—Glatman appeared at a hearing in Boulder on the Norene Lauer case, which was continued because of his conviction in the Eula Jo Hand et al. case.
December 1, 1945—Glatman was sentenced to one to five years at the Colorado State Penitentiary in the case of Eula Jo Hand et al.
December 5, 1945—Glatman began his first prison term—as prisoner number 23863—at the Colorado State Penitentiary.
July 27, 1946—Glatman was paroled from the Colorado State Penitentiary after less than eight months of his one- to five-year sentence.
July 27–August 25, 1946—While out on parole for the Eula Jo Hand et al. case, and still under the $2,000 bond from his assault on Norene Lauer, Glatman went with his mother to New York State. There, he committed several more robberies and assaults on women.
August 25, 1946—Glatman was arrested and confined in jail in Albany, New York.
October 10, 1946—Glatman was sentenced to one to five years for the first of his New York robberies and assaults.
October 24, 1946—Glatman entered the New York State Reception Center at Elmira.
October 28, 1946—Glatman’s bail on the Boulder case of Norene Lauer was reduced from $2,000 to $500. The case was continued until his release from New York authorities.
September 8, 1948—Glatman was transferred to Sing Sing Prison at Ossining, New York.
November 27, 1950—A Boulder judge dismissed the case of Norene Lauer so that Glatman could be paroled from Sing Sing Prison.
April 16, 1951—As soon as Glatman was released, he immediately was arrested and jailed again for his outstanding charges from 1946. Two were dismissed and one was suspended.
May 2, 1951—Glatman returned to Denver, where his parole stipulated that he be under the care of Dr. Franklin G. Ebaugh, a psychiatrist.
1952—Glatman’s father, Albert Glatman, died.
1953—Glatman’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ebaugh, retired.
April 8, 1954—The body of Jane Doe was found west of Boulder. If Glatman committed any crimes in Colorado between 1951 and 1957—including the murder of Jane Doe—he was not caught.
January 1957—Glatman moved to California, although he occasionally returned to Denver to visit his mother.
August 1, 1957—Glatman murdered Judy Ann Dull in Riverside County, California.
March 9, 1958—Glatman murdered Shirley Ann Bridgeford in San Diego County, California.
July 24, 1958—Glatman murdered Ruth Mercado in San Diego County, California.
October 27, 1958—Glatman was arrested in Orange County, California, while assaulting Lorraine Vigil.
October 31, 1958—Glatman was arrested for the murders of Bridgeford and Mercado, but not for Dull.
November 4, 1958—Boulder County Sheriff Art Everson sent his Jane Doe case file to California authorities, asking them to “question Glatman again using details of the case,” but there is no record that they ever did.
December 16, 1958—Glatman was sentenced to death for the murders of Bridgeford and Mercado.
December 1958–September 18, 1959—Glatman was confined on death row at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California.
September 18, 1959—Glatman, age thirty-one, was executed at San Quentin. His cremated remains were buried in the San Quentin Cemetery.