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July 20, 1907: Court Calls Hundreds in Struggle to Seat Jury in Dr. Chan Case

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 20, 1907 Los Angeles The court summoned 80 prospective jurors to decide the case of Dr. Chan, who was accused of practicing medicine without a license, but more than half asked … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: NAACP to Sue Inglewood for Barring Blacks From Swimming Pool

The 1938 exploitation film “The Wages of Sin” is being shown at the Flo-Mills Theater. July 17, 1947: The NAACP charges that the city of Inglewood bars African Americans from the pool at Centinela Park. At an employee picnic sponsored … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Postal Worker Finds Body of Rosenda Mondragon

July 10, 1947: The Sentinel publishes a picture of Newton Joshua, who discovered the body of Rosenda Mondragon. I don’t recall ever seeing his name in coverage of the killing.

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1947: Bookstore Owners Fined for Selling Obscene ‘Memoirs of Hecate County’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the days when I lived in Hecate County, I had an uncomfortable neighbor, a man named Asa M. Stryker. He had at one time, he … Continue reading

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July 9, 1947: Rosenda Mondragon Strangled With Stocking

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Here’s a perfect illustration of the difference between The Times and the Examiner, which has a completely different version of Antonio Mondragon’s actions on the night … Continue reading

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July 9, 1907: L.A. Converts Abandoned Church to House Inmates From Crowded Jail

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 9, 1907 Los Angeles Grace Methodist Episcopal Church on Hewitt Street was barren; the pastor had gone away and the congregation had moved on. And so the City Council, in struggling … Continue reading

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July 7, 1947: 4,000 Bikers in ‘Gypsy Tour’ Wreak Havoc in Hollister

“Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?” “What’ve you got?”

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July 4, 1947: Man Convicted of Dog Atrocity

Note: This is an encore post that originally appeared on the 1947project, but in June rather than July. Oops.

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July 2, 1947: Man Held in Strangling of Mary Tate

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. This is, of course, a murder frequently tossed into the Black Dahlia file by crime books such as “The Cases That Haunt Us” and “Black Dahlia … Continue reading

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June 29, 1907: Horribly Beaten, Wife Begs Police Not to Charge Husband, Refuses to Testify

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 29, 1907 Los Angeles Through the jail cell’s bars, the officer asked, “Where did you get that blood on your shirt?” E.H. Phelan, a barber at the Hotel Alexandria, said: “No, … Continue reading

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June 26, 1907: A Case of Elder Abuse?

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 26, 1907 Los Angeles Fred D. Samuels is a monster and nothing less, according to his aunt, Sister Kostka, assistant mother superior of the Ursuline Convent in Frontenac, Wis. As her … Continue reading

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June 25, 1947: L.A. Times Praises Gangland Slaying of Bugsy Siegel

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Gov. Warren is justified in his concern over the growth of gangsterism in California, dramatized by the effective and efficient taking-off of the charming but unlamented … Continue reading

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June 22, 1947: 21,000 Sign Petition for Federal Anti-Lynching Law

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The son of slaves and a World War I veteran, Edgar G. Brown was a frequent visitor to Los Angeles gathering support for various issues, such … Continue reading

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June 22, 1907: She Wanted Sweetheart’s Picture — So He Gave Her a Wanted Poster

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 22, 1907 Los Angeles Let’s suppose for a moment that you are a handsome former Army sergeant who has served in the Philippines. Let’s further suppose that you get into a … Continue reading

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Jan. 20, 1947: ‘Good Night. Sleep Peacefully With Compliments of Jacks’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. I was talking with Siegel about seven o’clock on the Friday evening of his death. He called me at the office of Hollywood’s Daily Variety, for … Continue reading

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June 20, 1947: Dinner at Jacks at the Beach

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Good evening, Mr. Siegel. Welcome to Jacks at the Beach. I’ll be your waiter tonight. Would you like to start off with a drink? Here’s a … Continue reading

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June 18, 1907: Immigration Agent Accused of Poisoning Neighbor’s Dog

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 18, 1907 Los Angeles The victim: A collie named Baby The plaintiff: Hazel G. (or Ella M.) Schurger, 1156 S. Flower. The suspect: J.J. Brady of the Immigration Bureau, a next-door … Continue reading

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June 17, 1947: Bank Robber Shot in Head During Gunfight With LAPD Officers

Note: This is an encore post and originally appeared in 2005 on the 1947project. In the spring of 1968, Times reporter Charles Hillinger went up to San Luis Obispo for a story about a prison facility for elderly convicts, like … Continue reading

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June 16, 1947: LAPD Officers Hidden in Bar Kill Watchman Stealing Liquor

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. This was a follow-up to Kim Cooper’s original post on Wanzy Patterson, an unfortunate watchman who was helping himself to liquor while guarding a bar. Two … Continue reading

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June 16, 1907: Lawyer Edith Foulkes Handles Her Own Divorce Case

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 16, 1907 Los Angeles Despite the old saying—a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client—Edith Foulkes is a smart woman, at least in the courtroom. She can’t make … Continue reading

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