Murder of Peter Fabiano
Los Angeles hairstylist Peter Fabiano was shot dead on Halloween night 1957, when he opened his door for what he thought was a trick-or-treater, but was actually a grown-up in a costume. The adult shot Fabiano in the chest with a .22 in a brown paper bag before fleeing the scene.
Several weeks later, Goldyne Pizer and Joan Rabel were arrested in what turned out to be a deftly plotted crime of passion. Pizer was friends (or possibly in a relationship) with Rabel, and Rabel was also apparently in love with Fabiano’s wife, Betty. The two women conspired to get Peter out of the equation, and Rabel bought a gun for Pizer to shoot Peter with. The arrests kicked off a firestorm of lurid coverage, as lesbians were seen as abnormal monsters with murderous urges. The two pleaded guilty to murder, and served long prison terms.