Captain of Police Earle E. Kynette was charged with conspiracy to commit murder after the vehicle of Harry J. Raymond was bombed on January 14, 1938. Kynette was in charge of a special police intelligence unit that had been conducting surveillance on Raymond’s home from a nearby bungalow. Before the car bombing, Raymond had been conducting investigative work on Mayor Shaw and his possible connections with illegal gambling. Two other officers, Fred Browne and Roy J. Allen, connected with the intelligence unit were also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. However, Fred Browne was eventually acquitted. Kynette and Allen were both found guilty.
A photograph of Sidney T. Graves, covering his face with a newspaper as he is transferred from L.A. County Jail to San Quentin Penitentiary. Graves was convicted of bribery a year before, after accepting a sum of $80,000 in connection with the high San Gabriel dam project. At that time, Graves had been a county Supervisor. He was sentenced to one to fourteen years imprisonment for his crime.
Famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley sitting in court to face three murder charges after he caused a car accident that resulted in fatalities after leaving a cocktail party. Witnesses reported smelling alcohol on Berkeley's breath at the time.
The grand jury during a case against Racine Oil Co. President Jack Allen. Allen, along with three others originally, was accused of evading the state gasoline tax by insisting that gas had been exported out of state, when it was really sold to local retailers. The case was eventually dismissed
Betty Hardaker sits with her brother, Samuel Karnes, Jr., at the trial for the murder of her daughter. A group of unidentified people stand in the back of the room with others who are seated. Mrs. Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daughter, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.
Robert S. James sitting in the witness stand with a map of his home 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.
A view of the courtroom in which Albert Dyer's murder trial begins. 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 Chief Deputy District Attorney William Simpson, Chief Investigator Eugene Williams, Public Defender William Neeley, Albert Dyer, and Public Defender Ellery Cuff.
John Binan and officers at the homicide crime scene of Louise Appier. Binan was the manager of the Virginia Ballroom and the body of Louise Appier was found slain in his apartment. After questioning, John Binan was later released.
William A. Hudson testifies before a coroner's jury for the murder charges against Busby Berkeley. Berkeley had been the cause for a three-car-collision that resulted in two deaths, possibly due to alcohol he had reportedly imbibed at a cocktail party beforehand. Hudson was a student injured in the crash who testified that he had smelled liquor on Berkeley's breath while speaking to him after the crash.