|Adams Family mausoleum at Mountain View Cemetery|
John Charles Adams, Jr. died mysteriously on the night of August 2, 1936, when his near lifeless body was found at the bottom of a hillside at a friends house in Corte Madera. He was declared dead at 2:15 AM after being transported to Ross General Hospital.
Witnesses said there was plenty of alcohol consumed at a party that evening. Newspaper reports claim that witnesses and Adam's wife Marion gave different accounts of how the evening progressed. Adams was found with two black eyes, which initially led investigators to believe that he had been involved in a confrontation before plunging to his death. However, the death was ruled an accident with the sheriff claiming that he fell while trying to climb down a drain pipe.
The autopsy revealed that all the ribs on his left side had been fractured, both lungs punctured and his backbone broken.
Sources: Marin Coroner's report, Oakland Tribune, Find a Grave, Ancestry.com