Dexter Benner
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--Jean, as she left her home on Colgate Avenue for the last time on October 7 1949, told her sister-in-law she was going to see her ex-husband to discuss unpaid child support. Did Dexter kill her to get permanent custody of their daughter? It seems police dropped any suspicion towards the ex-husband when his new wife supported his claim he had not seen Jean for weeks.

"Dr. Scott"/ Illegal abortion with fatal consequences
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--according to a friend, Jean had told them she was three months pregnant at the time. Abortions, illegal back then, was usually performed under inadequate conditions and care. Was "Dr. Scott" an abortionist and had Jean, pregnant with "Kirk"'s child,  bled to death or suffered fatal blood poisoning? That Jean was pregnant and had gone to have an abortion was one of LEs' early theories when her body had not been located after a few weeks. But if Dr. Scott had performed a botched abortion on Jean, why would he drop her purse with a note with his name on it for all to find?

"Kirk"/ Blackmail
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--according to the same friend, Jean had also told them she was to be coming into a "great deal of money soon." Had she been blackmailing "Kirk", or whoever she was pregnant with, someone whose career and marriage would likely be over if a secret affair and love child was to be known? She certainly needed the money, as a single parent and with her convalescent father coming home soon.

Mob connection
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--it was alleged Jean, in the weeks following up to her disappearance, had been spotted in Palm Springs with a man called David Ogul, an associate of L. A.-gangster Mickey Cohen. Ogul disappeared himself on October 10, while another Cohen associate, Frank Niccoli had vanished September 2.

Black Dahlia connection
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--on January 15, 1947, the severely mutilated body of 22-year old Elizabeth Short was found on a vacant lot in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. As police never found her killer, they compared missing and murdered L. A. women's cases with hers for years to come. A connection to Jean was never found.

Mimi Boomhower
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--police were also checking any connection there might be to the disappearance of Mimi Boomhower, a once wealthy widow who disappeared from her mansion in Bel Air on August 18. Her purse was found five days later in a telephone booth on Wilshire Boulevard with a note to the police stuck to it, saying it had "been found at a beach."

Lieutenant Scott
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--also known as "Scotty", he was Jean's boyfriend after her husband had gone to serve abroad in the war. She briefly shared a home with him, but left him after he beat her and threatened to kill her. Their relationship ended several years before Jean went missing.

The well-dressed men
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--who was Jean chatting with that night at the Cheesebox? They were never identified, and may have been the last to see Jean Spangler alive.