Category Archives: LAPD

Nov. 20, 1907: Police Capture Streetcar Bandits

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 20, 1907 Los Angeles Police battling the current crime wave say they have arrested two men who staged daring holdups on the Ascot Park and Eastlake streetcars, robbing the motormen and … Continue reading

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Nov. 18, 1907: Historic Pasadena Presbyterian Church Moved to South Pasadena

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 18, 1907 South Pasadena Calvary Presbyterian Church at Center (now El Centro) and Fremont was dedicated in a service featuring prominent local religious leaders, including Dr. John Willis Baer, president of … Continue reading

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1423 S. Van Ness

As promised, here are views of the home of Mrs. E.N. Eskey, featured in The Times in 1907. Note the damaged chimney, presumably the victim of seismic Darwinism. And as a bonus, here’s the home of Igor Stravinsky, which I … Continue reading

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Nov. 16, 1907: Husband in Elaborate Disguise Shoots Estranged Wife on Streetcar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 16, 1907 Los Angeles Mrs. Amanda Cook (she is also identified as Jennie and Mary) came to Los Angeles from Boston in 1906 with two of her children in search of … Continue reading

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Nov. 15, 1907: Charles Mulford Robinson Drafts a Los Angeles of the Future

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 15, 1907 Los Angeles Architect Charles Mulford Robinson has drafted a proposal for downtown Los Angeles that is stunning in its ambition. One portion calls for broad boulevard leading from a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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November 1947: A Mysterious Shooting at the Biltmore

    Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. Every now and then, research presents you with a story that doesn’t make any sense. Further readings, rather than clarifying anything, only make the … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Sentinel Offers $100 for Proof That LAPD has Black Motorcycle Officer

Nov. 6, 1947: LAPD motorcycle officers received a pay differential, so these were desirable jobs. The photograph is fairly dim, but this looks like a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson Servi-Car.

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Nov. 6, 1947: LAPD Officer Kills Black Suspect in Market Burglary

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. The Times did absolutely no follow-up to this incident as to whether Everline was tried in the burglary, nor was there any apparent investigation of the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: 1949 Letter Proves Nothing About Dr. George Hodel

Sorry, no. If you are familiar with Steve Hodel’s elevator pitch (“retired LAPD homicide cop discovers evil genius dad was maniacal serial killer”) you can skip all of this in the South Pasadenan. It’s more of the same old exaggerated … Continue reading

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Oct. 28, 1907: Former LAPD Chief Calls It ‘Most Detestable Job Ever Created’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 28, 1907 Los Angeles You know the song even if you’ve never seen “Pirates of Penzance”: A policeman’s lot is not a happy one” and that is doubly true for one … Continue reading

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Oct. 26, 1907: Women Clean Clothes With Gasoline, Die After Explosion and Fire

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 26, 1907 Los Angeles Two women in the West Adams District were badly burned and expected to die after a bowl of gasoline they were using to clean a soiled dress … Continue reading

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Oct. 22, 1907: Mayor’s Son Gives a Lesson in Identifying L.A. County Sheriff’s Badges

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 22, 1907 Los Angeles A trolley conductor at 4th Street and Hill complained to a patrolman that one of the passengers looked like a holdup man. The officer investigated and laughed … Continue reading

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Oct. 16, 1947: LAPD Issues Guns to Policewomen!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Sixteen policewomen who will be graduated at 3 p.m. tomorrow from the Police Academy after their training course visited the City Attorney’s office yesterday to receive … Continue reading

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Oct. 14, 1907: ‘In 9 cases out of 10, Where There Is a Shooting, There Is Also a Woman’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 14, 1907 Los Angeles “In nine cases out of ten, where there is a shooting, there is also a woman,” said The Times. In this case, there was Oscar E. Otto, … Continue reading

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Oct. 13, 1907: 2 Die in Tong War

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 13, 1907 Los Angeles Gunmen imported from out of town by the Hop Sing Tong entered the tailor shop of Lem Sing at 806 Juan St. in Chinatown and under the … Continue reading

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L.A. Noir: Will Someone Please Get the New York Times a Map of Los Angeles?

The New York Times has published a “guide” to “Where Noir Lives in the City of Angels.” With text by Gal Beckerman. And take a good look at the graphic by Ross MacDonald (no, not that Ross MacDonald; he’s dead). … Continue reading

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Oct. 9. 1907: Trellis, The Confidence Woman

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 9, 1907 Los Angeles She was known as Trellis C. Harris or Trellis Blessing—or Edna Hall. But her method was always the same. She would commit some theft, then fake an … Continue reading

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1947: LAPD Officers Overcome by Carbon Monoxide While Sitting in Patrol Car

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The point here is the condition of police cars in 1947. Despite the image promoted by films that the LAPD used gleaming new black-and-whites in the … Continue reading

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