April 18, 1943: Robert Earl Lee, 61, a worker at ranch in the Malibu Hills, surrenders to authorities after killing his employer, Nelson Ross Wolfe, and another ranch hand, Albert Everett Miller, with an ax.
Lee, described by The Times as “a short, frail-looking Negro,” said: “Mr. Wolfe bawled me out for not moving the milk cow out to pasture and about the chicken yard last Friday…. This morning he took me on again and asked me if I thought cows could fly like mosquitoes and get into pastures over fences. So I just grabbed an ax and hit him.”
Lee was sentenced to life in prison in the killings.
Also: A Russian village is being built at Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue for “The North Star.” And yes, in later years this movie will be deemed subversive, showing communist influences in Hollywood.