Tag Archives: addiction

May 27, 1908

Above, time to start planning summer getaways to Tahoe … At left, fruit peddler Leonardo Vett, accused, along with his wife, of stealing diamonds from local jewelry shops. "Vett looks like a Jew but says he is an Italian," The … Continue reading

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Paul Coates

Jan. 28, 1958 His name is Richard. He’s an addict. He took his first fix at the age of 16 on the grounds of Jackson High School. Since then–in the past seven years–he’s done two short stretches for using. Once, … Continue reading

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Drunk farm

Jan. 13, 1958 Los AngelesIf you’ve read Jack Webb’s "The Badge," (Page 236-240) you’ll recall a section on the LAPD’s farm for rehabilitating alcoholics. According to Webb, who unfortunately is not a terribly reliable source, the project began because there … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Sept. 20, 1957 Yesterday, a Confidential File staff member went on a shopping tour. His companion was a narcotic addict. Together, they visited a few of this town’s friendly druggists. And when they returned to my office, they brought with … Continue reading

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Snooze alarm

  Sept. 16-19, 1957 Los Angeles "State Senate committee hearing" is one of the most boring phrases in the English language and the thick dust of half a century only adds layers of tedium. But let’s stand in the back … Continue reading

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