Jan. 31, 1947: Herald-Express Publishes Name and Address of Rape Victim

Jan. 31, 1947, Comics

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project.

It is difficult to believe that there was a time when newspapers published rape victims’ names and addresses, but the Herald-Express had no misgivings about it. Aggie Underwood, Herald reporter and eventually the city editor of the Herald Examiner, said she once had to go out eight weeks in a row and interview rape victims. Since this woman may still be alive, I’ve deleted her name and address.

Attacker
Masked Man Assaults
Girl at Gun Point

A young masked gunman early today attacked an attractive 18-year-old girl in the Hawthorne district after forcing her to enter his automobile on 161st Street near Hawthorne Boulevard.

“Keep quiet and get in the car or suffer the consequences,” the man told [name deleted], 18, of [address deleted] W. 161st St as he brandished the gun in her face.

After driving around about 20 minutes, the girl said, her assailant climbed into the back seat with her and forced her to submit to his advances at the point of a gun.

Then he dumped her from the car at a point near the Hawthorne police station. She notified police and deputy sheriffs in Hawthorne and later was treated at the Park Emergency Hospital.

Miss [name deleted] said the man wore a handkerchief over his face from the eyes down.

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Quotes of the day:

HERE IS THE PHOTO OF THE WEREWOLF KILLER’S,
I SAW HIM KILL HER
A FRIEND

THE PERSON SENDING THOSE OTHER NOTES OUGHT TO BE ARRESTED FOR FORGERY HA HA!
B.D.A.

IF HE CONFESSES YOU WON’T NEED ME
B.D.A.

ASK NEWS MAN AT 5 & HILL FOR CLUE. WHY NOT LET THAT NUT GO I SPOKE TO SAID MAN
B.D.A.

Notes addressed to the “Hearld Express”

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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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