Death Rolls the Dice in Friends’ Fatal Craps Game

Forbidden Love!

Oct. 12, 1942: Walter Miller, a 31-year-old lumberyard foreman, and his friend Eddie “Red” Phillips, a 32-year-old mechanic, were shooting dice in the living room of Phillips’ home, 1442 E. 59th St., when they began arguing. Miller was stabbed during the argument and died at Maywood Hospital.

Police said Miller hit Phillips on the chin, yelled “Drop that!” and collapsed.

1442 E. 59th St., Fatal Dice Game

The fatal dice game, 1442 E. 59th St., via Google Street View.

Phillips denied stabbing Miller, claiming that that he had a knife in his hand to trim a fingernail that had been broken while shooting dice. Miller’s widow testified that Phillips stabbed her husband during the argument. “Take me to a hospital, honey,” Miller said. “Red stuck me and stuck me good.”

Phillips was found guilty of second-degree murder. But on Jan. 7, 1943, the charges were reduced to manslaughter and Phillips was sentenced to 1 to 10 years in San Quentin.

Tom Treanor, who was killed covering the liberation of France, interviews tank crewmen about their combat with the Nazis.

Tank commander Sgt. John E. Tindall tells Treanor of getting six German tanks: “It wasn’t so hard.” He added: “I feel a lot better now, though. I know we’ve got a good tank. Before we came over I’d been told that we had a good tank but I didn’t know it. Now I know it.”

Is it really a good tank?

“Yes, sir. How else do you think I’d get six Jerries?

Oct. 12, 1942, Follies

Oct. 12, 1942, Dice Game

Dec. 17, 1942, Dice Game
Dec. 18, 1942, Stabbing


About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Death Rolls the Dice in Friends’ Fatal Craps Game

  1. aryedirect says:

    “Where’s the action? Where’s the game? Gotta have the game. Or we’ll die from shame.
    It’s the oldest established, permanent floating Crap game in old ELay!…”


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