Jan. 25, 1942: Detectives Harry Fremont and Jack Dwight are questioning Leo M. King, accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl, in the death of Dorothy Lee Gordon.
The case of Dorothy Gordon, an African American child who was kidnapped and killed by a white man in 1940, is one of the more unusual unsolved killings of the prewar era. Although the Los Angeles newspapers usually ignored the African American community, they dropped their color bar in this crime, in which Paramount studio prop men gathering greenery in Playa Del Rey for a scene in “Northwest Mounted Police” found Dorothy half-buried in a shallow grave.
Despite intense investigation, the case was never solved.
Hatsuji Hazemoto filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Department after he paid $100 ($1,322.72 USD 2010) to three men so that they wouldn’t take him into custody as an enemy alien.
Times artist Charles H. Owens draws a map comparing distances in the Pacific with a map of the United States. Owens’ work is featured in “Nuestro Pueblo,” one of my favorite books about Los Angeles.
The home at 2711 Bradford Ave., Arcadia, is featured in The Times home section. It’s listed at $5,650 ($74,733.72, USD 2010). Property Shark puts the current value at $496,697.
Jimmie Fidler says: It is my opinion that Johnny Weissmuller could be the greatest cowboy idol of this era.
Photo: 2711 Bradford Ave., via Google Street View.