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March 25, 1907: Young Bike Messengers a Key Part of L.A. Drug, Sex Trade

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Technology has changed, but people have not. Simply because they lived nearly a century ago doesn’t mean Angelenos were unable to indulge their vices, they simply procured them in a different manner. … Continue reading

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‘I Took the Gun and Shot Him Once in the Leg, Just for Fun’

Maybe it was murder. Maybe it never happened at all. Was she telling the truth or was it all a lie? Early on the morning of Nov. 20, 1953, acting on a tip, LAPD Detectives John Olsen and P.R. Brooks … Continue reading

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Lila Leeds: Movie star mystery photo

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times To be fair, this week’s mystery movie star is more of a starlet. But you knew that, right? Can you identify her and, better yet, where the mystery photo was taken? Gosh, people … Continue reading

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June 26, 1938

A panel from "Buck Rogers," Sunday, June 26, 1938. arry Raymond finally goes home after 163 days in the hospital, The Times says. He promises a $1-million lawsuit against Mayor Frank Shaw, Joe Shaw, Police Chief James Davis, several subordinates … Continue reading

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May 28, 1958

Above and at left. two World War I planes are parked with a Super Sabre to publicize a flight to Pittsburgh for an air show. Times aviation writer Marvin Miles noted that the planes had machine guns, Vickers on the … Continue reading

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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. 10, 1958 It was yesterday, late afternoon, when I got the tip. Davie Mack was going to surrender. If it was true, it definitely was news. Because Davie, according to my sources, was a very wanted young man. He … Continue reading

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Jan. 10, 1958


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Body dumped

  Nov. 29-30, 1957 Los Angeles We’re in one of those hilly neighborhoods east of Glendale Boulevard, a couple blocks north of Echo Park. They’re putting in Dodger Stadium just over the hill. Everybody else is having Thanksgiving dinner and … 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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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

July 6, 1957 Teenagers’ magazines are a comparatively new fad. But in spite of their recent arrival, they have already grabbed a strong position of influence. And respect. Yesterday, I printed some letters written to Lilly Cooper, Dig magazine’s problem … Continue reading

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Pot pad raided

June 15, 1957 Los Angeles Deputies arrested 13 people after finding them hiding in tunnels dug beneath at house at 12117 Jersey Ave., Norwalk, apparently intended as a bomb shelter. Investigators found 22 marijuana cigarettes in the house and 22 … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

June 12, 1957 "Marijuana," you don’t say out loud. You whisper it. Because, in the last few years, it has become a hysterical word. And the hysteria has reached a point, today, whereby guilt can be decided by association. But … Continue reading

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Pusher gets life

  May 18, 1957 Los Angeles Gilbert M. Zaragoza, 21, of 3322 Oregon St. was led out of Federal court to serve the rest of his life in prison, presumably thankful that he escaped the death penalty. His crime? He … Continue reading

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Drug raid

May 6, 1957 Los Angeles Saundra died Jan. 11, 1978, 40 years after she dazzled concert-goers as a child prodigy on the violin, like her mother, Frances. In her lifetime, she performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Leopold Stokowski and … Continue reading

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A shot in the dark

April 28, 1957 Los Angeles Let’s park here and sit in the car for a minute. It’s late, sometime between 11 p.m. on Jan. 3 and dawn on Jan. 4, 1957. The lights are on as if someone’s home. Hear … Continue reading

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