Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California was kidnapped in 1933. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed. A former student, E. H. Van Dorn, and Luella Pearl, were found guilty of the crime.
Related to Los Angeles Times article, October 8, 1935, Officers Capture Mae West Death Threat Suspect, Six Others Questioned in $1000 Plot After Seizure of Studio Bus Boy as He Assertedly Picks Up Decoy. Suspected as the author of a series of sinister notes to Mae West, motion-picture actress, threatening death or disfiguration by acid unless she paid $1000, George Janios, 38-year-old bus boy at a Western-avenue studio, last night was in the custody of investigators …
Woman in skirt and jacket, standing on dirt road lined with pine trees, with small container in her hands, with bear cub on hind legs near her, about as high as woman's shoulders, slightly blurred by motion, with car partially visible at right
Unidentified man in a light-colored suit standing at a microphone in front of the main entrance of the newly completed Santa Barbara County Courthouse during the dedication ceremony. Other participants in the ceremony are seated on folding chairs behind him, including Father Augustine Hobrecht, superior of the Santa Barbara Mission (right), and members of the Native Sons of the Golden West (left). The ceremony took place on the day before the start of the annual "Old Spanish Days" festival.
The bombing of the building, in Box Canyon, near Chatsworth and Simi Valley, killed the group's leader, Krishna Venta, and nine other followers, including children. Kamenoff and Muller were former members of the sect and also killed in the blast.