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Paul Coates

Jan. 16, 1958 In the space of a year, in a county of 6,000,000 persons, a lot of policemen draw their revolvers a lot of times. And use them, too. They do it because we expect it of them. But … Continue reading

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Cops kill Marine

  Jan. 1, 1958 Los Angeles Officers Ed Neville and R.O. Potter of the Wilshire Division began the year on a thankful note: They were alive. As final hours of 1957 ticked away, the officers were called to an apartment … Continue reading

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  Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times1116 S. 10th Ave., Arcadia, Calif., Oct. 28, 2007.  Arcadia Police Officer Harry Sessor was wounded when he responded to an incident at 1116 1/2 S. 10th involving Ernest Edward Yeager.  Yeager … Continue reading

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Another dose of skepticism

Theodore Roosevelt “Lazy Boy” Beckham has been dead for 50 years and is still causing trouble. I was already bothered by the conflicting accounts of his death, but now that I’ve gone into the microfilm at the Los Angeles Public … Continue reading

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A dose of skepticism

  Oct. 22, 1957 Los Angeles And here’s where storytelling trumped skepticism. Recall the death of Theodore Roosevelt Beckham, who killed Juvenile Officer Robert R. Christensen at 1524 Ingraham St. during an attempted arrest. The first news accounts said officers … Continue reading

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End of watch

  Oct. 14, 1957 Los Angeles Theodore Roosevelt Beckham, a 23-year-old suspected sex offender, killed LAPD juvenile Officer Robert R. Christensen, 38, with his own gun during an attempted arrest, the third slaying in a bloody, tragic week for Southern … Continue reading

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