Murder suspect Robert S. James sitting on the witness stand with a plan of his house behind him, Los Angeles, 1936
- Murder suspect Robert S. James sitting on the witness stand with a plan of his house behind him, Los Angeles, 1936
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- [circa May 1936]
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- Los Angeles Times Photographs Collection
Robert S. James' real name was Major Raymond Lisenba. He was known as Robert S. James during his marriage to Mary Emma Busch James and at the time of her death in 1935, and, after her murder by rattlesnake bite and drowning, as "Rattlesnake James."
Robert S. James sitting in the witness stand with a map of his home behind him. An unidentified man is visible in front of him. He was most likely testifying in his own defense for the murder trial of his wife Mary Emma James. He purportedly had an affair with his niece, which spurred him to tie down his wife and have a rattlesnake bite her, and then later drown her in their fish pond. He was supposedly helped by his friend, ex-sailor Charles H. Hope, who was also charged with murder.
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- b&w nitrate negative
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