Category Archives: Crime and Courts

LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: Sandra Bowers

I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘Kitty Genovese’ by Catherine Pelonero

The reject pile! Aspiring authors, avert thine eyes! This is a sample of review copies that are cast aside in bins to be rummaged through by the staff. Usually they are contemporary genre fiction (“50 Shades of Stealing Maps for … Continue reading

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LAPD Scrapbook: L.A. Crime Wave, March 8, 1946

I recently visited the city archives and thanks to archivist Michael Holland, I learned that the LAPD kept scrapbooks in the 1940s. This is an editorial from the California Grocers Journal, which says: At one time police brutality was common … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files

In 2013, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches … Continue reading

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LAPD Scrapbook: Police Crime Laboratory Beats Best Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, March 10, 1946

March 10, 1946 Here’s a feature from the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archives on police chemist Ray Pinker and the LAPD crime lab, which in those days was at the old Central Police Station on 1st Street. Bloodstain pattern … Continue reading

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LAPD Scrapbook: Los Angeles Crime Down for 1948

January-February 1949 Here’s another item from the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archives: Los Angeles records a decrease in crime for 1948 compared to 1947, according to figures in the Pacific Coast International Law Enforcement News.

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LAPD Mourns First Latina Officer Josephine Serrano Collier

Josephine Serrano Collier, courtesy LAPD. The LAPD is honoring the memory of Officer Josephine Serrano Collier, who died last month at the age of 91 in Tucson. The LAPD says she was its first Latina officer. Here she is in … Continue reading

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Chaplin Indicted on Mann Act!

Feb. 11, 1944: A P-38 rushes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back in an hour to get penicillin for a Jimmy Doyle, 15 months old, who has peritonitis. “Precious little of the stuff is available and that is … Continue reading

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Sinatra Makes Film Debut, Jan. 29, 1944

Jan. 29, 1944: The Times reports Frank Sinatra’s film debut in “Higher and Higher”: A generous quota of young girls attended the first showings and their ecstatic whinnyings recorded each and every appearance of their hero. In one house, at … Continue reading

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Flo Ash — The ‘Cutest Little Nudist’ — Gets a Divorce

Jan. 26, 1944: “Flo Ash” is one of my favorite names from 1940s Los Angeles.  In 1940, she sued the Florentine Gardens and producer Nils T. Granlund over use of the nickname “Cutest Little Nudist.”

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What to Expect in 1944

Jan. 1, 1945: We jumped ahead to see what The Times considered the top stories of 1944, the year we’re going to focus on in 2014. The D-Day (current Times style being D-day) invasion is the most important story, followed … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 3

The story so far: In the summer of 1946, Ophelia Glatman received permission from the Colorado courts to take her son, Harvey, to stay with relatives named Feldman in New York. Harvey Glatman had been arrested in Colorado in 1945 … Continue reading

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Los Angeles County Sheriffs — Biscailuz, Pitchess, Block and Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, left, actor Leo Carrillo, center, and Gov. Earl Warren from “Biscailuz: Sheriff of the New West.” The impending retirement of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is a good time to dip into the … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part I

Aug. 27, 1946: Harvey Glatman in the Yonkers, N.Y., Herald Statesman. Whenever I am contacted by TV producers about appearing on a crime show, I always caution them that I’m a specialist not a generalist. I don’t do Sal Mineo, … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Slaughter at Bob’s Big Boy, Part II

1980 was a bloody year in Los Angeles, with more than 1,000 killings for the first time in its history. For the LAPD, homicides increased 30% from 1979 to 1,038 in 1980.  The Sheriff’s Department also a reported a 7.9% … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Slaughter at Bob’s Big Boy

  Suspect 1, DR-80-585-895 Suspect 2, DR-80-585-895 Dec. 14, 1980: The takeover robbery of Bob’s Big Boy at 1845 S. La Cienega Blvd. was part of a rising tide of violence in the 1980s. As The Times noted, “the latest … Continue reading

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Ahem

To the person searching for “clod cases in San Francisco”: Check your spelling. On the other hand, you might be able to find a clod case in San Francisco. Or two.

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‘I Took the Gun and Shot Him Once in the Leg, Just for Fun’

Maybe it was murder. Maybe it never happened at all. Was she telling the truth or was it all a lie? Early on the morning of Nov. 20, 1953, acting on a tip, LAPD Detectives John Olsen and P.R. Brooks … Continue reading

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Bonnie and Clyde — The FBI Files

Speaking of FBI files, here’s an image of Clyde Barrow’s funeral found in his FBI file. Bonnie and Clyde’s FBI files are also online in seven sections.

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Millennial Moment: Man Killed in Toilet Tank Murder

Starting tomorrow: “Silkwood.” At 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 1983, a maid cleaning rooms at the Inn at Laguna on Coast Highway found the body of Ronald Jay Murphy. Murphy, 22, who worked for an oil company in Santa … Continue reading

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