When Roy Pearson landed a new job as a judge, he knew he’d have to wear suits to work. But his budget was tight — and so were his pants. Rather than buy a new wardrobe, he took all of his dress pants to Custom Cleaners for alterations. But when he came back to the store a while later to pick up his pants, Roy made a shocking discovery. Custom Cleaners had lost his pants! So he did what any logical human would do. He sued them for $67 million.
Then Brandi tells us about the disappearance of nine-year-old Walter Collins. His disappearance had all of Los Angeles speculating. Was he kidnapped? Did he run away? Surely he wasn’t being used for ransom — his parents didn’t have much money. Maybe whoever took him wanted revenge on his incarcerated father. Five months later, police found Walter in Illinois. But when Walter and his mother were reunited, she knew he wasn’t her boy. Police advised her to take him home and “try him out for a couple of weeks,” so she did. The story gets even more odd from there.
And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.
In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
“Judge in pants lawsuit sues to get job back,” CNN
Pearson v. Chung appellate court decision
“Wearing Down the Judicial System With a Pair of Pants,” Washington Post
“54 million dollars lawsuit against South Korean dry cleaner over pair of trousers is in full swing,” Associated Press
In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
“Walter Collins: The Changeling” Joan Renner, DerangedLACrimes.com
“The Boy Who Vanished— and His Imposter” by Cecilia Rasmussen, Los Angeles Times
“During the 1920s, Boys Became the Prey of a Brutal Killer” by Cecilia Rasmussen, Los Angeles Times