Unidentified man in court for the murder trial of crossing guard Albert Dyer. Dyer had lured three Inglewood girls into the hills, where he strangled them with rope and his hands. He was eventually found guilty and executed.
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.
The children of William F. Gettle, millionaire and kidnapping victim, posing on tricycles for a photograph after their father's safe return. Circa May 15, 1934.William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, was kidnapped from the grounds of his Arcadia ranch home during a housewarming party on the eve of May 9th. The kidnapping attracted a great deal of attention in the community, with Mrs. Gettle even addressing the kidnappers through the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The kidnappers demanded a $60,000 ransom for the return of Gettle, which Mrs. Gettle agreed to pay. However, before the ransom was paid, two detectives of the LAPD, Chester Burris and H.P. Gearhardt, broke the case after installing a dictaphone in the home of a bank robbery suspect. Information from the dictaphone led them to a La Crescenta home where Gettle was held. He was returned, unharmed, to his family on the eve of May 14th.
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.
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.
Photographic portrait of Harry Dunlap, convicted in 1924 of a series of holdups and assaults that took place over a two year period and ultimately sentenced to 60 years in prison. Dunlop was known as the "badge bandit" because he would dress as a police officer and hold up and assault people parked in their cars.
Newspaper clipping from the N. Y. Evening Graphic featuring a picture of Mata Hari, a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was accused of being a spy for Germany during World War I. Because of this charge, she was executed in France on October 15, 1917. Review of official case documents in 1985 revealed that Mata Hari was most likely innocent. Mata Hari was the stage name for Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle
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
Jack "Diamondfield" Davis, a Nevada prospector who stuck it rich after being pardoned for an Idaho murder in 1902. When he was working for a cattle company, Diamondfield was accused of the murder of two sheepherders. He was sentenced to hang, but his execution date was postponed and then changed to life inprisonment after two other men confessed to the crime. Diamondfield was pardoned by Idaho Governor Frank W. Hunt in December of 1902.
The house in La Crescenta where William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, was held during his five day kidnapping in May of 1934. Gettle was kidnapped from his ranch home in Arcadia on the night of May 9th during a housewarming party, then held in this La Crescenta house by a gang consisting of three men and two women. Police foiled their ransom plot and rescued Gettle on May 14th, following clues recorded on a dictagraph placed on the telephone conversations of a suspected bank robber.
The axe with which Louis Rude Payne, 21 years of age, used to kill his mother, Carrie L. Payne, and 15-year-old brother Robert. Louis R. Payne turned himself in for the killings of his mother and brother four to five days after their deaths. When he turned himself in, police found on his person both a letter and a telegram addressed to his father Lucius Payne, a St. Louis businessman, confessing to the crime, apologizing for his actions, and explaning that he did not know what impulse it was that drove him to the murders.Payne was convicted of the two murders, but found to be insane at the time of the crimes. He was confined to psychiatric treatment at the Mendocino State Hospital at Talmadge, in Mendocino County, CA. His father stood by him throughout his trial and conviction.