Category Archives: Crime and Courts

Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 12

The Hollywood Canteen as portrayed in the 1944 film “Hollywood Canteen.” And being a movie, this is a set, not the actual canteen. For comparison, here’s an undated snapshot of the actual canteen. Notice that there’s no awning and no … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 11

Georgette Bauerdorf, left, George F. Bauerdorf and Constance Ann “Connie” Bauerdorf Dillon in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Although Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, was living by herself in the apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 10

Georgette Bauerdorf arm in arm with two servicemen, published in the Daily News, Oct. 16, 1944.     Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, had been living alone in an apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., since Aug. 28, 1944, when her … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 9

A portrait of Georgette Bauerdorf published in the Daily News, Oct. 13, 1944. It’s unclear from news reports whether Georgette Bauerdorf was pursuing any further education after apparently graduating from the Westlake School for Girls. Several stories in the Los … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 8

The Herald-Examiner published a photo of Georgette Bauerdorf with a question mark, one of its visual cliches of the 1940s, Oct. 13, 1944. The investigation revealed that the young woman found face-down in the bathtub at 8493 Fountain Ave., was … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 6

El Palacio Apartments, 8491 Fountain Ave., in a photo from the Los Angeles Herald-Express, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. El Palacio in 2008, as shown by Google Street View. Los Angeles Times, May 10, 1931: El Palacio is … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 3

Dec. 31, 1944: Major crimes increased in the city of Los Angeles, except for auto theft. Homicides are up 29.5% over 1943.   There are many ways to portray 1944 in Los Angeles, when Georgette Bauerdorf was killed. We might … Continue reading

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Wealthy Carmel Woman, 37, Accused in Love Slaying of Ranch Hand, 19

Oct. 3, 1944 The sensational trial of Frances Andrews, 37, in the shooting death of Jay Lovett, 19, prompts a crackpot confession letter (a popular pastime in the 1940s, as found in the Black Dahlia case).  This one included receipts … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 1

The unrecommended reading list. Not shown: Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service,” Howard Blum’s “American Lightning,” Wikipedia, etc. These are curious times to be a diligent researcher in Los Angeles history. There is more of Los … Continue reading

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Man Kidnaps Woman in Attempted Murder-Suicide

  738 S. Mariposa Ave., via Google Street View. Sept. 26, 1944 Mrs. Lilliam Bohny, 35, of 738 S. Mariposa Ave. was in her nightgown and housecoat, being shown some sweaters by sweater salesman Robert Lang when William E. Andrews, … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files DR 73-402-191

In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room after Parker Center closed. The items consist of photos, press releases and random bits of ephemera. There is … Continue reading

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Christopher Evans Hubbart: A Look Back at the ‘Pillowcase Rapist’

Nov. 8, 1972: The Pasadena Star-News reports the arrest of Christopher Evans Hubbart, 21, of 415 Baseline Ave., on suspicion of committing 23 rapes in the San Gabriel Valley.   With the release of Christopher Evans Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 3, 1944

July 3, 1944 Life says: “The two lean young men on the cover are walking back from the front after a battle — the beginning of the Allied offensive which broke out of the Anzio beachhead toward Rome in May. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Looking at Hollywood by Hedda Hopper, July 3, 1944

July 3, 1944 Officers from Pasadena, Glendale and Los Angeles County join to recover four safes that had been dumped in the San Fernando Reservoir by a gang of thieves. The safecrackers specialized in stealing a small safe, loading it … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Looking at Hollywood by Hedda Hopper, July 1, 1944

July 1, 1944 Louella Parsons is on vacation and instead of running her replacement, Dorothy Manners, I thought I would switch to dear, old Hedda. I’m not a Hedda fan, so she won’t last long, but I thought she would … Continue reading

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Out of the Past: An LAPD Cold Case From 1948

The northwest corner of Central and Manchester avenues, as shown on Google Earth. Notice the alley behind the stores. In nine years of blogging about Los Angeles, I have learned that families often launder the past and, understandably, murder is … Continue reading

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Zodiac: Most Dangerous Animal — Oh Not Again!

A “true” crime book that was “written in secret” evokes “Black Dahlia Avenger” and it’s intriguing that “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” treads the same territory as Steve Hodel’s “Most Evil.” In case you don’t recall, retired LAPD Det. … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: Jane Doe, Sept. 5, 1973

Note: Last year I was given a box of news releases, photographs and random pieces of paper from the old press room at Parker Center. I’m gradually posting the material. These are the earrings and the label from a pair … Continue reading

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Woman’s Body Found in Trunk at Union Station, May 6, 1944

  May 6, 1944 An old trunk wrapped with wire and tied with rope arrives at Union Station, where people noticed that it was leaking — and smelled. Sent to the repair department for inspection, the trunk was opened by … Continue reading

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