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."
This photograph, cropped, appears with Los Angeles Times article, December 20, 1934, Figures in Fatal Shooting. Daniel R. Snyder, accused of slaying studio officer, as he appeared in court. Mrs. Ruby Michel, wounded in Ellinger killing, testifies concerning tragedy.
Related to Los Angeles Times article, June 2, 1936, James Given Prison Term, Barber Assessed Three to 150 Years in Morals Case Conviction. Imposing the extreme penalty for what he termed an extreme offense, Superior Judge Vickers yesterday sentenced Robert S. James, also accused as the rattlesnake-drowning slayer of his wife, to a term of from three to 150 years for mistreating his young niece. …
Adolfo Carsi seated at the witness stand and looking at the judge at the coroner's jury. Two men are seated behind him. Carsi had strangled his wife, Florence Carsi, because he suspected her of infidelity.