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Ann Yarrow 1932-1955, Daughter of Ena Kaelep & Don Yarrow
Posted by: Karri Casper (ID *****3366) Date: October 19, 2008 at 13:14:23
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Ann was my cousin and I am trying to find out more about her. Here is the information I have. I have been trying to locate her father - Don Yarrow.

Ann Yarrow was born in England on Dec. 18, 1932. Her mother's name was Ena Kaelep and her step-father was Alex Kaelep (from Estonia) who served as a merchant marine. They lived at 34-11 34th Ave. in Astoria, Queens at the time of Annís death. Ena was a Quaker and also from England. Annís father Don Yarrow was living in the United States at the time of her death, in Ventura, CA working as a photographer.

Ann was a Quaker and a graduate student at N.Y.U., where she was a candidate for a masterís degree at the Center for Human Relations Studies. She was training for work with the American Friends Service Committee. Her last address was 237 Ashland Place, in the Ft. Greene section of Brooklyn; where she lived with Anny Lubenec and Mae Kelly.

She was an honor graduate of the class of 1953 at Guilford College, A Quaker Institution near Greensboro, N.C. At Guilford Ann was active in the womenís Student Government Group, the Student Christian Council, the Greensboro Intercollegiate Council and the Womenís Athletic Association. She was 11th in her class at graduation.

She previously attended Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, NY. After graduation, Ann lived with her mother Ena at 144-50 38th Ave. Flushing, until she moved to Ashland Place, Brooklyn in the summer of 1954. Both Ann and her mother were members of the Flushing Meeting of the Society of Friends.

The N.Y. Metropolitan Young Friends Fellowship, 144 East Twentieth Street, said ďAnn believed that love, the outworking of the Divine Spirit within each person, is the most potent influence in the affairs of men and this application of love to the whole of life was the core of her religion.Ē

She was employed by the Center for Human Relations Studies, a division of N.Y.U. as an assistant to the administrator of the center. Dr. H. Harry Giles was the director of this branch of the University.

She enjoyed modern dance and played the violin. (Mentioned in The Brooklyn Museum Annual on Page 130, 1962, published by the Brooklyn Museum)

She was murdered on Sunday, 6th February, 1955 at 23 years of age at 60 East 4th Street, Manhattan, N.Y. It was considered one of the most brutal murders of its time. She was stabbed over 40 times by William Patrick Farrell after he followed her back to the apartment of Herta Payson. Ann was staying there and taking care of two cats while Ms. Payson was out of town accompanying her parents to South Carolina.

The Funeral was held at the (Quaker) Flushing Meeting House in Flushing. (Queens) 136-16 Northern Blvd.

Ann was buried at Flushing Cemetery, 16306 46th Ave., Flushing, in Queens, NY on Wed. 9 Feb., 1955 where many Flushing Meeting members are buried.

William Patrick Farrell, (533 Hopkinson Ave. Brooklyn) was 25 years old at the time, a father of 2 and his wife Marilyn (Yessler was her maiden name) was pregnant at the time. He worked as a wood finisher.

One of the police officers was Deputy Inspector John J. Bradt. Farrell was indicted on charges of first-degree murder for Ann Yarrow. At the same time, he was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and attempted rape of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Irene Miller which happened not quite a month after Annís murder.

He had previously received psychiatric care and had also been sent to the State Training School for Boys in Warwick. He was questioned at the East Fifth Street station. After his arraignment in Felony Court before Magistrate Jack L. Nicoll, he was committed to Bellevue Hospital for mental observation at the request of Benjamin Schmier Ė his Legal Aid Society Lawyer. Farrell was eventually sent to the Matteawan Hospital for the Criminal Insane.

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