get-together between friends and relatives is the start of the episode leading to this capital murder case. It ends in brooks of blood and some grizzly happenings. The dramatis personae of this crime are Elroy Preston, his brother, Ervin Preston, Elroy’s girlfriend, Sherry Brown, and the victims, Pee Wee Richardson and Betty Klein. The place of the killings is Ervin’s North St. Louis home.
Elroy had been living temporarily with his brother Ervin in the downstairs portion of the house. Ervin was a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. Pee Wee Richardson and Betty Klein lived together upstairs. All were present in Ervin’s quarters for an evening’s heavy drinking, save for Sherry Brown who did not drink. During the course of the night, frequent alcohol-related verbal outbursts were exchanged between the three men for a mix of petty reasons, including who was to sleep where and whether some chicken which had been purchased to fill their hungry stomachs would be permitted to be shared with Pee Wee Richardson.