Luther Standing Bear, aka Ota Kte (meaning Plenty Kill) or Mochunozhin, was a Native American writer and actor. Although Standing Bear achieved many successes by American standards, including becoming a member of the Actor's Guild of Hollywood, the plight of his people remained foremost in his mind. The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 was particularly disturbing to him. Standing Bear published books during his lifetime to educate the public about Native American and Lakota culture and government policies toward his people. These included My People the Sioux (1928), Land of the Spotted Eagle (1933), and Stories of the Sioux (1934). In 1939, he died of the flu while on the set of the film Union Pacific. He is buried in Los Angeles, California's Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Bennett's husband, film producer Walter Wander, was arrested for assault to commit murder for the shooting. Bennett and Wander were in a divorce suit, where Wander accused agent Jennings Lang of alienating Bennett's affections.
This photograph, cropped, appears with Los Angeles Time article, August 6, 1931, Widows at Clark Trial Say Husbands Unarmed, Relicts of Murdered Pair Tell Their Stories, Testimony Deals Blow to Defense; Suspect Remanded to Jail; Other Witnesses Heard
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 was found guilty of the crime.
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.
Related to 2 articles: (1) "Nab Four For Bank Robbery, Mexicans Are Taken After One Hour’s Chase, First National of Arcadia Out Five Thousand, Cashier Saves Institution from Greater Loss." Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 1922. Print. The article states: "… That the four men are members of the band that held up and robbed the Bank of Alhambra Tuesday afternoon and escaped with $700 in cash was asserted by the arresting officers …" (2) "Outlaws Raid Alhambra Bank, Armed Men Grab Cash and Escape to City, Seven Hundred Dollars is Taken from Cage, Robbers Force Autoists to Help Their Flight." Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 1922. Print.
Note with partial ransom instructions, on 2 pieces of paper, mostly typewritten, partially created with cut-out words and letters, some portions obscured with tape or paper, some words struck out with crayon or pencil, pinned to wooden background, reading: -Leave 5:30. P. M. - continuing through HIGHLAND PARK a nd past SYCAMORE GROVE PARK to AVENUE #43 (forty-three); turning to the left on AVENUE 43 and going up the hill to GRIFFIN AVENUE and turning to the left on car line and following to the end of line. Here you will see the road turns to the right and starts up the winding road to the top of the hill. This is where Montecito Drive starts. Follow this road all the way up the hill. You will notice a retaining wall on the left about 8 feet high, this will follow along all the way to the top on your left hand side. Do not turn off this road. Just follow the winding road all the way. Keeping the wall on your left. Go all the way to the top following the wall all the time. When you arrive upon the hill you will see that the wall continues on for a short distance, but you follow on around the wall and and the end of it At Curve On The Right notice instruction under TILE in under Box. This is the place where you will stop your car and be sure there is no one following you or around there or anyone coming towards you You should act as if you are looking at your tires or something so as to not create suspicion or let anyone know that you are there. You see it is necessary that you are careful of this money so no one else might pick it up first. Otherwise you would be out of the money and the wife too. But you can be careful in placing it. We will try our best to get it. After placing the money then you drive on around the road to the first road turning to the right down the hill. This will take you down the other side of the hill to BROADWAY then you can turn and get back. This is a complete worded map and should be easily followed. We are depending on you to follow it in every detail and move and hope that you understand the seriousness of it all if you do not do as we direct. We have the upper hand at this time and we intend to see that you do as your told. You will be protected in every way if you do as we say and you movements will be a safeguard for your wife if you follow theses instructions. If however we notice any move or word to the contrary, well its just to BAD. AGAIN WE IMPRESS UPON YOU******BE CAREFUL*******. --------******_-------- ----------********------------ YOUR WIFE WILL NOT BE RETURNED -------,?. / IF You have the money marked or the serials taken. You have New bills instead of used ones. You have any other denominations of bills instead of $5,$I0,or $20. You have a dummy package in place of the money. You have anyone with you or around you or following you. You talk of this to anyone. You notify the POLICE or ANYONE. - --------*******------------ ---------*******--------- Your wife, will be held 24 hours to see if you have met these requirements. Remember we are watching your every move and it is very necessary that BE CAREFUL. You might make a move that would seem to you to be O.K. but at the time same it might prove fatal. Be Wise--Be Careful--Walter Fisher Skeele, If Ever There Was a Time to BE CAREFUL, It is NOW! Otherwise
James Pemberton, in short-sleeved shirt and suspenders, with cigar, seated in desk chair with desk with phone and papers behind him, papers clipped to wall in background, another man partially visible at right
Related to Los Angeles Times article, April 7, 1933, Woman in Skeele Kidnapping Collapses As Asserted Man Companion Pleads Guilty, Cries Disrupt Court For Day, Adjournment Taken Because of Disturbance, Van Dorn Springs Surprise by Changing Plea, Faces Prison Sentence of Ten Years to Life. … A touch of drama was added to the trial during the morning session when an large mantel clock was offered for identification by Dep. Dist.-Attys. Kearney and Russell as the clock which Mrs. Skeele heard strike in the prison house. …