Bennett's husband, film producer Walter Wander, was arrested for assault to commit murder for the shooting. Bennett and Wander were in a divorce suit, where Wander accused agent Jennings Lang of alienating Bennett's affections.
The photograph appears with the article "Bride Denies Murder Plot; Says Plan to Poison Husband Was Only Joke; Man Confesses Part After Phone Talk Heard; Husband and Pastor Will be Questioned Today," Los Angeles Times, March 11, 1926
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."