Tag Archives: murder

Barbara Graham Gets Death Sentence

Sept. 23, 1953: Barbara Graham, John A. Santo and Emmett Perkins are convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Mabel Monahan. The jury returned the verdict without a recommendation of life in prison. “Mrs. Graham didn’t bat an eye,” … Continue reading

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L.A. French Benevolent Society Celebrates Founding in 1859

The entire Aug. 15, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star, scanned from a copy at the Huntington, is available from USC (in color) or the California Digital Newspaper Collection (black and white). Aug. 15, 1863: Another installment of the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay: The Ma Duncan Trial

Rare (or r@re) is terribly overused on EBay, but this time it’s accurate. A LP from clandestine recordings made at the murder trial of Elizabeth “Ma” Duncan, has been listed. Bidding starts at $5. The Duncan case (she was convicted … Continue reading

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June 2, 1908

  Above, a dramatic story from Central Avenue … Mayor Harper reacts to a Times expose on illegal gambling in the city … Robert T. Hale of the Anti-Fakers Society of Los Angeles County tells county supervisors that granting exemptions … Continue reading

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May 23, 1938

It’s another slow day in the trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette in the Harry Raymond bombing … In the meantime, let’s take a look at former police investigator Fletcher E. Felts, whose father was one of the longest-serving officers … Continue reading

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May 22, 1938

  Above, a plan for the Santa Anita Motor Inn at 101 W. Huntington. Apparently, the final design of the tower was a little more Art Deco (see the postcard here). At left, a miner leads detectives to the body … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1908

A juicy murder trial draws curious throngs … Food poisoning from a bad sausage kills a Civil War hero and his wife … And note the ad for the Salt Lake Route, which was acquired by Union Pacific in 1921… … Continue reading

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Murder-suicide

  Nov. 15, 1957 Los Angeles Your name is Leonard Jackola. You’re 43 and here on a visit from Chicago, staying with your younger sister, Mary, 30, and her family at 3634 E. 177th St., Torrance. Her husband, Arthur E. … Continue reading

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Nov. 12, 1957

 

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Death trip

Nov. 5, 1957 Los Angeles "I just shot a man, but it was self-defense." Bobby Gene Gray was stopped at a light in South Gate when Harris (Harrison) C. Foster, 26, and his ex-wife Carolyn (Caroline) Foster Alcala, 20, forced … Continue reading

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He’s here!

  July 19, 1957 Los Angeles Minda Lee Birnbaum, 15, and her mother, Blanche Lewie, 46, had spent most of the day with the divorce lawyer, Murray Chotiner. In the late afternoon, as Blanche made some phone calls from the … Continue reading

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Child killer

  Photograph by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles TimesAbove, 425 Isabella St., Highland Park, May 19, 2007. May 24, 1957 Los Angeles His mother’s boyfriend can’t hurt him anymore. Little Donald Butler Jr., 3, said: "I love you, Mommy," and died … Continue reading

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Ed, she shot me

  May 12, 1957 Redondo Beach After a night of drinking, Mabel N. Donnells returned home about 2:30 a.m. Her husband, Robert, who had also gone out drinking–but not with her–came home about the same time and they began arguing. … 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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