Sept. 19, 1907: Deadlier Than Male

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

Sept. 19, 1907
Los Angeles

“Hidden somewhere in Los Angeles is a daredevil Spanish woman who should be standing with the Mexican revolutionaries when they are arraigned here in the United States Court,” The Times says.

“Letters recently confiscated show that she was the most daring and reckless anarchist of all the band. Her name is Maria Talivera. She is said to be a beautiful and attractive woman. Her friends and even her husband regarded her as a quiet housewife, intent on cooking frijoles. But in her fry pans she was seeing men fighting, hearing in the sizzle of the grease the clash of arms, the pound of horses’ feet and the din and commotion of a nation’s government overthrown.”

The Times says: “She is the wife of one Marcello Talivera of this city. All the letters show that he was in perfect innocence of what was going on. How little he must have dreamed, when he returned from work at night and told her about his little business affairs, that he was patronizing a woman deep in the attempt to over throw two governments.”

Now this is an interesting research question, for there’s nothing else about her in The Times as Talivera or Talavera (apparently the paper misspelled her name). The Handbook of Texas Online identifies her as the companion and common-law wife of defendant Ricardo Flores Magon.

As Maria Magon, she was indicted Aug. 19, 1918, in connection with seditious editorials published in the Mexican newspaper Regeneracion.

To be continued.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in 1907, Crime and Courts, LAPD and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.