Voices: Police Capt. Ed Jokisch, 1914 – 2011, Part 2

Ed Jokisch

Photo: Capt. Ed Jokisch. Credit: Jokisch family


This is Part 2 of my interview with the late Ed Jokisch.

Listen to the interview. | Part 1

In this portion of the interview, Jokisch discusses Capt. Jack Donahoe, head of the homicide and robbery divisions when they were separate departments; Inspector Ed Walker, the LAPD’s first head of press relations; picking up Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno after the killings  of Anthony Brancato and Anthony Trombino – sometimes called the “Two Tonys Murder”;

Homicide Detectives Harry Hansen and Finis Brown; Homicide Detective Stewart Jones, who handled the Gladys Kern case;  Homicide Detectives Harry Fremont and Tommy Bryan; Detective Herman “Bud” Zander; Steve Hodel’s “Black Dahlia Avenger”; Judge William Ritzi, a former prosecutor; Detective Ray Giese; Detective Roy Vaughn; Detective Ray Varella; bigamy, kidnapping and rape cases; gay murders; the Feb. 15, 1946, killing of gay attorney William H. Bonsall; gays hanging out in Pershing Square;

the Black Dahlia case; Examiner City Editor Jim Richardson; Herald-Express reporter Agness “Aggie” Underwood; the newspapers’ role in the Dahlia case; Detective Ralph Asdell; Dahlia suspect Robert M. “Red” Manley; Elizabeth Short’s address book; Detective Sam Flowers; Deputy Chief Joe Reed; Shriners and Catholics in the LAPD; Detective Eldon Young; Detective Lloyd Baughn;

Ray Pinker and Lee Jones of the LAPD crime lab; the Central Police Station; the conditions of the crime lab; George Banta; police stenographer Gene Bechtell; Officers Fitzgerald and Perkins, the first responders to the Black Dahlia crime scene; Chief of Detectives Bill Bradley; Detective Bill Cummings; Homicide Capt. Francis Kearney; Detective Jack Gotch; Homicide Capt. Robert Lohrman; police psychologist Paul DeRiver; Police Chief Clemence “C.B.” Horrall; and Black Dahlia suspect Leslie Dillon.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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6 Responses to Voices: Police Capt. Ed Jokisch, 1914 – 2011, Part 2

  1. Sam Flowers says:

    Keep it coming, very interesting, even his wise crack about my old man…


  2. sherry says:

    Did you ask him who he thought killed the Black Dahlia?


    • lmharnisch says:

      @Sherry: Mostly, Ed talked about who *didn’t* kill the Black Dahlia, namely Dr. George Hodel. Until the day he died, Ed told anyone who would listen that “Black Dahlia Avenger” is nonsense.


  3. sherry says:

    He seemed like a really nice guy and I enjoyed your interviews. Who ever the killer (Smith?) was is probably long dead, I just wish we knew for sure who it was. What a horrible way to die….and thanks for keeping her memory alive. 🙂


  4. Michael Wynn says:

    Great interview with Ed. It’s nice to hear about the people my grandfather, Marty Wynn, had worked with back in the day at LAPD. Most of the stories I listened to during this interview, I remember my dad telling me about them, especially the Black Dahlia and Machine gun Walker. Thank you.


  5. Dennis McIntosh says:

    My father went to war with Ed, at Iwo Jima. My father commanded LSM 238 and Ed commanded LSM 239. They were best friends during the war. The interview was fascinating. Thanks for posting it.


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