Helen Wilkinson sits at center and looks directly to the camera. She is viewed from the waist up and faces slightly left as she turns her head towards camera. To the left of her, another woman (possibly Dorothy Mackaye) sits in partial view along the left edge. The unknown woman wears a coat with a fur collar. This woman extends her arm towards Miss Wilkinson. From left to right, a calendar, a door and a plant line the back wall.
In early June, 1934, police officers discovered the bodies of Carrie L. Payne, 45, and Robert Payne, 15, at their Westwood home. They had been brutally murdered by Louis R. Payne, their respective son and brother, in late May. Payne was arrested several days after he committed the crime and after confessing at a Huntington Beach police station. In January, 1935 he plead insanity and was sent to a sanitarium.
Clara Phillips was accused and convicted of killing Alberta Meadows, 19, on July 12, 1922 by attacking her with a hammer. Philips believed Meadows was having an affair with Philips' husband. She was sent to San Quentin Prison, and paroled in 1935.
Ernest A. Renkert was a delivery driver who testified that he had seen Aimee Semple at a seaside cottage at Carmel-by-the-Sea, contradicting Semple's story that she had been kidnapped and taken to Mexico.
Jewel Inez Joseph, mother of Ruth Attaway who died after an illegal abortion, photographed in a courtroom. Josephus appears to be exiting the witness stand during in inquest, with the judge seated on the left, possible grand jury member seated at right.
This photograph may be associated with the article, “ACTOR TELLS WIFE DEATH: Aleta Alexander Held Suicide Clash Over Her Return to Parents Caused Tragedy, Coroner Jury Finds,” Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 1935: A1.