Police Chief James E. Davis testifying before the grand jury during the investigation into the bombing of the car of private investigator Harry Raymond. Police Captain Earle E. Kynette and his subordinate officers Roy J. Allen and Fred A. Browne were charged with the bombing. Kynette was in charge of a special police intelligence unit that had been conducting surveillance on Raymond’s home from a nearby bungalow. Before the car bombing, Raymond had been conducting investigative work on Mayor Shaw and his possible connections with illegal gambling.
Edward T. Holstander testifies before a coroner's jury for the murder charges against Busby Berkeley. Berkeley had been the cause for a three-car-collision that resulted in two deaths, possibly due to alcohol he had reportedly imbibed at a cocktail party beforehand.
Sol Zemansky at the grandy jury trial on gambling conditions in Los Angeles. Zemansky refused to testify voluntarily at the trial and was later subpoenaed to testify. Zemansky was businessman who owned pawn shops and loan companies, including Provident Loan Association.
Spectators enjoying the sights at the annual National Air Races, held at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport. Nearly 100 of the most talented pilots from across the world participated and thousands attended.
Fire fighters with a hose at the former site of the Golden State Fireworks and Display Co. plant the night of a fireworks explosion (Feb. 7, 1940). The blast was felt 40 miles away, injured four, and damaged many nearby homes. Cause of the explosion is suspected to be decomposing firework shells, or possibly a gopher chewing on powder. Damages estimated at $100,000
Howard Hughes in court during the inquest for the traffic death of Gabe S. Meyer. Hughes struck Gabe S. Meyer with his automobile. Meyer died from the injuries sustained. A jury found the pedestrian's death accidental and exonerated Hughes.
Two boys play with a toy sailboat at 57th and 10th avenue, which was flooded after disastrous storms in January of 1940. The heavy rainstorms halted traffic and caused highway and bridge damage. At least three died and many were treated for injuries
Man uses a small bulldozer to clear brush after a fire in La Canada. The brush fire threatened four foothill communities including La Canada, Montrose, Glendale, and Flintridge. The crew saved many homes from the blaze, but several old cars were destroyed.
Crowds gathered to participate in the celebration of the Mystic Shrine's Durbar festival. An overturned car is visible within the crowd. 20,000 spectators enjoyed street parades on South Olive Street and festivities at the Shrine Auditorium.
Charles Hardaker is questioned by an unidentified investigator after the arrest of his wife for the murder of their daughter. Betty Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daughter, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.
Robert Noble, man accused of running a pension scheme, sits in court during his misdemeanor trial. Noble was in court for multiple misdemeanor charges. Approximately 1000 persons who were mainly followers of his pension scheme that offered the elderly with $25 a month pension for a small investment showed their support outside the courthouse.
Robert Noble sits in court during his misdemeanor trial. Noble was in court for multiple misdemeanor charges. Approximately 1000 persons who were mainly followers of his pension scheme that offered the elderly with $25 a month pension for a small investment showed their support outside the courthouse.
Accused murderer Paul A. Wright on the witness stand, being questioned by his attorney, Jerry Giesler. Wright, an airport executive, shot his wife and his best friend while they sat together on a piano bench. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Dr. George K. Dazey (far left) and his third wife, Dorcas Dazey (center), at the trial in which Dr. Dazey is accused of murdering his second wife, actress Doris S. Dazey, in 1935. Doris Dazey's death was originally believed to be suicide by monoxide poisoning. However, witnesses claimed that Dr. Dazey had been boasting about committing the "perfect crime" and a night watchman testified to witnessing Dazey carry a woman's body from the house to the garage on the night of the murder. Other factors complicating the trial were the paternity of Doris and George Dazey's child, Doris Dazey's possible mental illness, and false testimonies from some of the witnesses. Dr. Dazey was ultimately acquitted of the crime.
Dr. George K. Dazey and his third wife, Dorcas Dazey, at the trial in which Dr. Dazey is accused of murdering his second wife, actress Doris S. Dazey, in 1935. Doris Dazey's death was originally believed to be suicide by monoxide poisoning. However, witnesses claimed that Dr. Dazey had been boasting about committing the "perfect crime" and a night watchman testified to witnessing Dazey carry a woman's body from the house to the garage on the night of the murder. Other factors complicating the trial were the paternity of Doris and George Dazey's child, Doris Dazey's possible mental illness, and false testimonies from some of the witnesses. Dr. Dazey was ultimately acquitted of the crime.
Financier F.W. Leistikow, who, along with his wife Esther E. Leistikow and 17 others, will benefit from a settlement with the County Counsel’s Department after claiming that the county illegally collected taxes on luxury homes in 1939, 1940, and 1941. The claims totaled $32,171.35 and, although the Counsel did not admit wrongdoing, they realized it would be more difficult to protest and decided to pay 62.5% of that amount, equal to $20,117.72
American actor and director Slim Summerville (right) with an unknown man. Summerville made the transition between silent to sound films. He was best known for his work in silent comedies but he also acted in dramas, such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and directed over 50 short films.
John Coleman Burroughs exhibits oil paintings at Stendahl Gallery. The paintings were oils and pastels depicting indigenous Mexicans. Burroughs was the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author best known for his creation of the character Tarzan.
Betsey Cushing Roosevelt being photographed with attorney Basil O'Connor (left) and her brother Henry Cushing as she arrived in Los Angeles for her divorce suit against husband James Roosevelt, the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Roosevelts were married for ten years before they separated and Mrs. Roosevelt moved from Los Angeles back to New York, taking the couple's two daughters. James Roosevelt was the first to file for divorce, citing desertion against his wife
Mrs. Zella Jeffers on the witness stand in the courtroom of Judge Charles W. Fricke. She is accused of performing immoral acts with her husband, Reverend Joseph Jeffers, in front of guests in their home. Mrs. Jeffers claimed that on the night of her arrest she was drugged by neighbor Vincent Higgins, a District Attorney’s detective, and didn’t remember the events that were supposed to have taken place. A film reviewed by the prosecution showed Reverend and Mrs. Jeffers disrobing in front of their guests. Behind Mrs. Jeffers is a floor plan of her home, which she described for the jury.
Deputy Sheriff Carmack and Larry Morrell dig up human skeleton from East Los Angeles backyard. The skeleton was found by a 10-year-old boy and they were believed to have belonged to 50 or 60 year old man.
American artist Rockwell Kent and his wife Frances Lee Kent. Kent lectured at the Philharmonic Auditorium on "Warm Hearts and Cold Feet in Greenland," where he showed motion pictures of the scenes he described.