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.
View of District Attorney Dave Coleman, left, in glasses, collared shirt, tie, jacket, chin resting in hand, Miss Hilda Parvey, center, in hat, shirt, jacket, holding clutch in lap, and Madam Nan Kee, right, in hat, lace shirt, jacket, arm resting on table. Miss Hilda Parvey, writer, claimed Earl Taylor induced her to pay him $50 under promises that he would sell her writing, and that a mysterious effort was made to poison her. Madam Nan Kee, writer, claimed Earl Taylor induced her to pay him $90 under promises of selling her manuscript, and that attempts had been made to kidnap her and that a mysterious assailant had fired a shot at her through her home. Mr. Taylor was acquitted by the jury on October 14, 1935.
View of Mrs. Bonnie Taylor, left, in hat, blouse, gloves, Earl W. Taylor, center, in collared shirt, tie, jacket, and Wallace MacDonald, right, in collared shirt, tie, jacket, holding book in right hand, with unknown individuals in background. Mr. Taylor, writer's agent and operator of the Hollywood Writer's Bureau, was charged with petty theft for illegally taking money from Miss Hilda Parvey and Madam Nan Kee, writers who claimed Taylor promised their stories would be turned into movies. Mr. Taylor was acquitted by the jury on October 14, 1935.
Asa Keyes (standing) and Forrest Murray (right), district attorneys, in court during the inquiry into the disappearance of Aimee Semple McPherson. S. S. Hahn, who sued McPherson for slander for his client Virla Kimball, is seated just to the left of Keyes.
Related to the article, "EVANGELIST NEAR BREAK: Sensation Hinted in Film Trial Mrs. McPherson-Hutton Worn Down by Fight and Court Calls Halt Estranged Mate Met as She Goes to Give Deposition in Hutton Case," Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 1934: A1
Otis T. Shields and wife, Violet Ruby Shields, are questioned by Sheriff Biscailuz and Deputy Sheriff Bess Bailey, concerning the murder of 19-year-old Milton Shoup, who worked for them at their ranch.
This photograph may be associated with the article, “MISS SHONTZ DEFIES RUM INQUISITORS: Refuses to Shut Night Club Kent Parrot Says He’s Ready to Testify in Denial of Asserted Phone Calls Tense Moments Depicted at Rum Inquiry INQUIRY DEFIED BY MISS SHONTZ,” Los Angeles Times, 12 Jul. 1935: 1.
Photograph of Detective Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Lucas, seated on the witness stand. Lucas was one of several law enforcement officers who interrogated William Edward Hickman during his extradition by train from Pendleton, Oregon to Los Angeles.