Note: This is a post I did in 2006 for the 1947project.
Marley Griggs and his sidekick Oliver Gebhart had the perfect alibi for the burglary of a market on Western Avenue—they were already in custody 60 miles away.
The men were model prisoners at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Road Camp No. 5, where Griggs was serving time for forgery and Gebhart was sentenced for burglary of a safe.
After the nightly bed check, cabdriver Paul P. Payton picked them up, helped them with the burglary and got them back to camp before the 5 a.m. roll call.
The scheme seemed perfect until the men outsmarted themselves. Officials noticed a sudden increase in empty bottles of expensive whiskey around the camp and traced the tax stamps to the burglarized market. The men were arrested after Gebhart’s single fingerprint was found on an empty bottle.
The Times and the Examiner reported this story, but The Times’ scan is illegible. Luckily for crime fans, the Examiner’s version is pristine.
Bonus factoid: Assemblyman Glenn Anderson (D-Hawthorne), noting that the state’s divorce rate is surging, introduces a bill to restore a three-day waiting period before couples can receive a marriage license.
Quote of the day “Nnnnnyah. You’re not so tough.”
Edward Raiden, testifying on his remark to George Raft that led to a beating.