Mrs. Nita Randall, acting as a witness in a murder trial. Mrs. Randall identifed a broken-off blade found in the body of 17-year-old Alice (Jerry) Burns as having been kept in the kitchen of her boarding house. One of her boarders, 25-year-old John Frank Reavis, is accused of the murder.
Dr. A.M. Wilkinson pictured in court, on the day of his testimony before Los Angeles County grand jury regarding an ongoing investigation into religious racketeering. During his testimony, Wilkinson admitted to accepting $4400 from "gambling czar" Guy McAfee. The money was used to pay outstanding bills incurred by "The Last Days of Pompeii" pageant, presented by the Federated Church Brotherhood, of which Wilkinson was chairman. In his testimony, Wilkinson avowed that the funds received from McAfee came without strings attached, and that he and the notorious gambler had prayed for an end to the latter’s gambling addiction. Wilkinson, who was a vice crusader, resigned from the Citizens' Independent Vice Investigating Committee following his testimony. However, his resignation was denied by several Committee members, who believed that accepting the funds should not affect Wilkinson's position on the Committee.
Australian actress Constance Worth pictured with one of her lawyers, during her marriage annulment proceedings. Her husband, actor George Brent, contested that their short marriage was not legal, because they had been married in Mexico but had not followed Mexican marriage laws. Worth's legal team asserted that the marriage was in fact legal.Circa August 13, 1937.
Gladys Carter, murder suspect, bowing her head and looking morose in a courtroom. Carter was charged with fatally shooting her houseguest of two years, Frances Walker. She suspected Walker of having a romantic relationship with her husband, Deputy Sheriff Archie Carter.
Self-proclaimed benefactor of the elderly, Robert Noble, surrounded by some of his followers in the courtroom. Noble was a radio personality who gained loyal followers from an old age pension plan he promoted. Noble and his followers were arrested on October 17, 1937 while staging a demonstration near radio station KMTR. Noble was charged with holding a parade without permit, blocking the sidewalk and refusing to disperse on police command. After a lengthy trial, Noble spent five days in jail, he planned to use the time to prepare speeches for a gubernatorial campaign. He said he was pleased that he would have a captive audience at this time.
The mural was controversial especially because of the depictions of nudity and references to war in the central panel. The central panel was removed from the Frank Wiggins Trade School lobby (now LA Trade Tech) and returned to the Public Works Administration in 1935 and the other two panels were returned in 1939.