Photograph of men being searched by sheriffs during the trial of William Edward Hickman, who kidnapped and murdered 12-year-old Marion Parker in December of 1927. The men were photographed in a room or partitioned area at the Los Angeles courthouse. The man kneeling at right is Deputy Sheriff M. G. Weybright.
View of a man, wearing and overcoat and hat, sits in the passenger seat of an early 1920s Ford coup. He appears to be dusting a large, four-sided object for fingerprints. An artist's brush can be seen in his right hand. A second man, wearing a uniform, visor cap and leather gloves, stands outside of the car, holding the door open with one hand. A tool box sits near the rear tire (viewed at lower left). Nearly a dozen men stand in the background, watching as events unfold. Also seen in the background is a billboard printed with the words, "Season's Greetings."
Marion Parker was kidnapped for ransom on December 15, 1927 by William Edward Hickman. Two days later, Marion's remains were found by her father, Perry Parker, on the lawn of 432 S. Manhattan Place- just moments after exchanging $1500 for Marion, whom he presumed to be alive. Hickman was ultimately tried and sentenced to death for the crime. He was executed at San Quentin, October 19, 1928.
Welby Hunt, 16-year-old accomplice in the murder of C. Ivy Toms, seated next to George Contreras, Chief Investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Hunt sits at a table with pencil and notepad. He appears to be providing a writing sample. Text written on the notepad states: "Welby L. Hunt. Jan 5, 1928, Los Angeles, Calif." The two men looming over them are probably handwriting experts (one of the men may be Milton Carson, a handwriting expert noted in a related Los Angeles Time article).
A second photograph shows Detective Harry Raymond shackled to William Edward Hickman during his extradition from Pendleton, Oregon (where he was held after an 8-day manhunt), to Los Angeles where he stood trial. In the photo, Raymond stands at right. Detective Richard "Dick" Lucas (also shackled to Hickman) stands at left (see image ark no. 21198/zz002hbcth).
Hickman had confessed to the kidnap for ransom and murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker. It is not clear as to whether this photo was taken during Hickman’s post-extradition arraignment in December of 1927, or his trial in 1928. Hickman was executed at San Quentin, October 19, 1928.