Photograph of Western Union telegram, dated 1920 Sep 28 AM 2 41, Chicago, Ill., to Fred Allen, and bill addressed to Alfred W Allen, 425 Central Bldg, for $1.00 for unpaid telegram fee, both attached to board with pins. Fay Sudow's attorney was named Alfred W. Allen, with an office at 485 Central Bldg.
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.
Ledger documenting the purchase of sodium arsenate for 10 cents by Elmer M. Archer at the Adams Pharmacy in Santa Monica on January 24, 1926. Archer purchased the poison under the name Joe Jacks. Archer was in love with the newlywed Olive Orr Brugen-Schmidt and tried to convince her to poison her new husband, W. H. Bowers.
A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Bowers 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
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. …