Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California was kidnapped in 1933. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed. A former student was found guilty of the crime.
Albert Dyer and his lawyers William Neeley and Ellery Cuff at Dyer's murder trial. Dyer lured three Inglewood girls to the hills, where he strangled them to death with his hands as well as rope. From left to right is Albert Dyer and public defenders Neeley and Cuff.
Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States and Archbishop of Laodicea in Phyrigia, seated on the throne during the elevation ceremony of Bishop John Joseph Cantwell to Archbishop of the newly created Roman Catholic Province of Los Angeles. He offers his hand to Bishop Cantwell who is half-kneeling oppposite him. Using the powers vested in him by Pope Pius XI Cicognani presided over the ceremony, which took place at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in Los Angeles.
Judge Clarence L. Kincaid, holding an open book and raising his right hand, administering an oath to Judge Edward R. Brand, who also holds up his right hand. A coat and hat on a coat rack are in the background on the right.
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
John D. Kennedy, 62, appears with Municipal Judge George S. Richardson in relation to charges he attacked Arthur C. Burch. Burch was tried twice and acquitted for the shooting death of John D. Kennedy's son.
District Attorney Buron Fitts and his sister Mrs. Berthal Gregory appear in a crowded courtroom with Mrs. Marion Fitts and their attorneys Joseph Scott and Jerry Giesler. Seated left to right is Buron Fitts, Mrs. Marion Fitts, and Berthal Gregory. Standing in the back, left to right, is Joseph Scott and Jerry Giesler.
New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia presides over the Pacific coast regional meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Boston Mayor Frederick Mansfield served as Mr. La Guardia's secretary. Approximately 60 Pacific coast mayors attended the conference. Unemployment relief was a focal topic at the conference, which was held at Los Angeles' City Council chamber. May 15, 1937.
Los Angeles District Attorney Buron Fitts, second from right, sits with his defense lawyer Jerry Geisler, second from left, along with his chief deputy Robert P. Stewart, far left, and deputy District Attorney, William Simpson.
LA Daily News city editor Charles Judson participates in a series demonstrating "right" and "wrong" golf swings with local pro golfer and golf instructor Fay Coleman. Judson represents the "wrong" form for each swing.
An unidentified lawyer approaching Robert S. James as he sits in the witness stand. A map of his home is visible behind 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.
Bulgarian sculptor Atanas Katchmakoff graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, and studied under Professor A. Nikolo in Rome and Franz Stuck in Munich. In 1923 he won the first prize at the Vienna international exhibition. He immigrated to Hollywood in 1927-1928 where he worked as a sculptor and art teacher.
Young actress Ada Williams Ince, 21, divorces her husband of 5 years, William "W.T." Ince, on claims of abuse due to her husband's violent temper. Williams was granted the divorce in Superior Judge Edmond's court, and attributed it to the date of Friday the 13th, her "lucky number", contrary to popular convention.
Elissa Landi, Annie Zanardi-Landi, and Kay English seated at small table, Elizabeth Zanardi-Landi, Carlo Zenardi-Landi, Anthony Zenardi-Landi, and Mildred McClure standing, two horses standing near table, dog at right, with trees and bushes in background