Almost identical image 21198/zz0002pjxt has typed note on negative which states "I PLEADE NOT GUILTY." ..."Left to right; District Attorney Buron Fitts; front row standing: Dep. Dist. Atty. Clifford Thoms; Norbert Savay, chief defense counsel; Northcott, and A.H. DeTremaudan, defense attorney."
Similar photographs of the Northcott investigation appear in a photo spread titled: "Paradoxical Situations Complicate Task of Investigators in Butcher Farm Quest: Principals and Scenes in Butcher Farm Investigation," Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 1928: A3
The camera looks from above towards several investigators searching for evidence in the area outside a chicken coop in Mint Valley. Chicken wire-lined pens occupy the foreground and stretch back on an upward angle towards the right. Beyond the pens, investigators scour the nearby brush. A house stands in the far distance at center. Gordon S. Northcott was later tried, convicted and executed for the serial murders of young boys in the area. His mother, Sarah Louisa Northcott, was also imprisoned for assisting him.
Gordon Stewart Northcott and his mother Louisa were accused of kidnapping, abusing & murdering 4 boys on their chicken ranch in Riverside County. Louisa confessed to killing one boy; Walter Collins and was sentenced to life in prison. Gordon was tried and convicted on 3 counts for murdering Louis & Nelson Winslow & an unidentified Latino boy. He was executed by hanging on October 2, 1930.
Another photograph of the Mint Canyon chicken coop appears in a photo spread titled, "Paradoxical Situations Complicate Task of Investigators in Butcher Farm Quest: Principals and Scenes in Butcher Farm Investigation," Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 1928: A3
Possibly related to the article, "Mystery Shack, Boys' Shoes Found in 'Death Farm' Hunt: OFFICERS TAKEN TO CANYON HUT Clark Lad Leads Them Also to Filled-up Well Net Being Drawn Closer on Northcott Fugitives Other Clews Being Revealed in Grewsome Case," Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 1928: A2