June 12, 1942: The Douglas plant in Santa Monica is hiring men – and women!
Betty Rowland, the Ball of Fire, is at the Follies Theatre.
Lionel Atwill refuses to testify before the Los Angeles County Grand Jury about charges made in 1941 that a 16-year-old girl was “mistreated” (one of those code words newspapers used when they were squeamish about the details) during a “wild party” (more code words). Atwill claimed that the charges were a shakedown, and the previous grand jury had closed the case after finding a “lack of competent testimony.”
Truck driver Sam Shapiro, 32, is being tried on charges of walking up to Irving Stone, 38, in a pool hall at 2455 Brooklyn Ave., and slitting his throat with a butcher knife borrowed from a nearby restaurant.
Shapiro said he killed Stone because the married man had been involved with his sister, then jilted her, “suggesting that she operate a house of ill-repute,” The Times said in a masterpiece of laundering language for the daily paper.
Coming attractions: Tomorrow at the 4Star — “Suicide Squadron” and the “Warsaw Concerto!”