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Portrait of Walter Collins, the son of Mrs.
Walter Collins at age 7.
confessed he murdered Walter Collins saying, "It hurt me horribly
have to do it. I cared for the boy, but he knew too much."
The real Walter Collins, with comments from his
mother, Mrs. Christine Collins describing
the characteristics that
distinguish him from the impostor claiming to be her son.
The real Walter Collins before he was kidnapped.
Sanford Clark maintained he was killed on the "murder farm".
impostor who came backas Collins explained he posed as Walter to
break into films.
Billy Fields on a pony, looking astoundingly like
the pose of Walter Collins. This led to his supposed identification
as Fields because a woman who formerly lived in Decatur and owned
the photo gave it to officers and declared she believed the false
Walter Collins was the young Fields lad.
The boy who returned as Walter Collins pencils
specimens of his writing, which proves he is not the real Walter
Collins, according to Milton Carlson, handwriting expert. Later it
was learned his real name is Arthur Hutchens, alias Billy Fields.
As the Los Angeles City Council investigated police
treatment of Mrs. Christine Collins, who refused to accept Arthur
Hutchens as her kidnapped son, Walter, young Hutchens stood admitted
to the strange company of famous impostors of history.
Hutchens and his stepmother, Mrs. Violet Hutchens, who came to take
him back home.
He had previously posed as Walter Collins and then as
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