Mrs. Zella Jeffers on the witness stand in the courtroom of Judge Charles W. Fricke. She is accused of performing immoral acts with her husband, Reverend Joseph Jeffers, in front of guests in their home. Mrs. Jeffers claimed that on the night of her arrest she was drugged by neighbor Vincent Higgins, a District Attorney’s detective, and didn’t remember the events that were supposed to have taken place. A film reviewed by the prosecution showed Reverend and Mrs. Jeffers disrobing in front of their guests. Behind Mrs. Jeffers is a floor plan of her home, which she described for the jury.
Deputy Sheriff Mary Talbot sits with Betty Hardaker in the courtroom during an inquest. 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.
Benjamin E. Erb, oil worker and resident of 2512 North Eastlake Avenue in Los Angeles, pictured serving on the jury for the famous "White Flame" double murder trial of aviation executive Paul A. Wright.Wright's defense team, led by famed Los Angeles defense attorney Jerry Giesler, argued that Wright was not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found Wright guilty of two counts of manslaughter, and subsequently ruled that he had been insane at his sanity trial.
Mrs. Antibus sued Mr. Warner after her home was raided by Buron Fitts and several of his deputies at the request of Mr. Warner. The raid of Mrs. Antibus' home was conducted in order to search for Mr. Warner's son, Thomas W. Warner, Jr. Mr. Warner, Jr. was found hiding inside the home with his girlfriend Mrs. Jean MacDonald. The pair had been hiding in the home from Mr. Warner, Sr. who was opposed to their relationship and was seeking to end all contact between the pair. Mrs. Antibus served as a private detective for Mr. Warner, Jr. and had previously conducted an investigation into the life of Mrs. MacDonald in attempt to determine whether she was truly in love with Mr. Warner, Jr. Mrs. Antibus alleged that the raid left several of her visitors injured and was unnecessarily violent.
After the murder and assault convictions of 17 Mexican American youths in the Sleepy Lagoon murder case, the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee advocated for the defendants until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions as a miscarriage of justice.
Film actress Anna May Wong with District Attorney Buron Fitts, looking over a letter she received which threatened her with extortion. Several other celebrities were targeted as well, such as Dr. A.M. Foote and producer David O. Selznick.
Watchman Roland Dewitt Seal sitting in a chair. Seal was a witness at the trial for Dr. George K. Dazey, who was suspected of killing his wife Doris Dazey in 1935. Mrs. Dazey was found dead in the garage, apparently the victim of monoxide poisoning. Dr. Dazey was accused of boasting about pulling off the "perfect crime," referring to the murder of his wife. Seal had never met Dazey, but he testified to seeing Dr. Dazey carrying a woman's body from the house to the garage on the night of the murder. At the trial Seal also admitted to giving a ficticious name when attempting to purchase a revolver he said he needed to protect himself from Dazey. Seal was given two years probation for this.
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.