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


Suspect 1,
Suspect 2,

Dec. 15, 1980, Bob's Big Boy Robbery


Dec. 15, 1980, Occurrence Log

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 multiple murders occurred about eight blocks from the spot where four people were shot to death last Aug. 24.”

In an Opinion piece, then-Dist. Atty. John Van de Kamp said: “With the latest wave of slaughter has come a general recognition that the world around us is intolerably violent and that if we want to survive we’d better do something about it.

“This recognition is late. It has come only after years of spiraling homicide rates, only after the fear of homicide has gripped the upper and middle classes — those people who control our society.

“It has come only after killings in such affluent places as Venice, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hancock Park and on La Cienega Boulevard at Bob’s Big Boy restaurant have brought home the undeniable fact that today no one is immune to violence.”

To be continued.

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Slaughter at Bob’s Big Boy

  1. negroes in 1980? i may not use african americans as much as i
    should, but you’d think by 1980 black would’ve been the vernacular.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Vernacular, perhaps. But like most police reports, the LAPD case summaries used (and continue to use) formalized terms and language that never occur in real life except among reporters who are too lazy to rewrite them, such as “the male suspect armed with a blue steel revolver exited the vehicle and fled on foot westbound.” In such cases, the language is formalized and stereotyped and thus slow to change.


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