William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, is reunited with his children after his kidnapping, Beverly Hills, 1934.
- William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, is reunited with his children after his kidnapping, Beverly Hills, 1934.
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- May 14, 1934
- Los Angeles Daily News
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- William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills businessman and millionaire, is reunited with his four children after his kidnapping. Gettle was kidnapped from the grounds of his Arcadia ranch home during a housewarming party on the eve of May 9th. The kidnapping attracted a great deal of attention in the community, with Mrs. Gettle even addressing the kidnappers through the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The kidnappers demanded a $60,000 ransom for the return of Gettle, which Mrs. Gettle agreed to pay. However, before the ransom was paid, two detectives of the LAPD, Chester Burris and H.P. Gearhardt, broke the case after installing a dictaphone in the home of a bank robbery suspect. Information from the dictaphone led them to a La Crescenta home where Gettle was held. He was returned, unharmed, to his family on the eve of May 14th.
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Gettle, William Frank, Jr., 1926-2002
Gettle, Robert Girten, 1927-1969
Gettle, William F., 1887-1941
- Beverly Hills (Calif.)
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