Betty Flay Hardaker stands at a counter in the Los Angeles County Jail after being taken into custody. Mrs. Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daughter, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.
Betty Flay Hardaker on trial at the inquest conducted by Deputy Coroner Frank Monfort. Mrs. Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daugher, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.
Betty Flay Hardaker sits in an office chair and signs papers at the Los Angeles County Jail. Mrs. Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daugher, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.
Lula Truschel, wife of Culver City Chief of Police C.T. Truschel, walks out of the courtroom after winning a divorce suit against her husband. The couple was married for 25 years before Lula filed for divorce based on accusations that her husband treated her like a stranger and often lost his temper.
Chinese civic leaders Peter Soohoo and Dr. S.J. Lin reassure Captain of Detectives Bert Wallis that gang warfare will not escalate in the Los Angeles Chinese community. From left to right, Dr. Lin, Bert Wallis, and Peter Soohoo.
Mrs. Elaine Huddle, witness at the trial for the murder of gambler George (Les) Bruneman. The murder took place at the cafe owned by Mrs. Huddle's husband. Charged with the killing is ex-convict Peter Pianezzi. Pianezzi allegedly shot Bruneman 16 times and then fatally shot Frank A. Greuzard, a cafe employee who tried to chase him down. Mrs. Huddle positively identifed Pianezzi as the murderer. The murder, which took place on October 25, 1937, is thought to have been gang-related. There were two trials for this case, the first ended in a hung jury, 9-3 for the acquittal of Pianezzi. In the second, Pianezzi received a life sentence for the two murders. Later, at age 80, Pianezzi received a pardon based on innocence.
Noted evangelist and founder of the Angelus Temple and the Foursquare Church, Aimee Semple McPherson, appears in court. This appearance is possibly related to her testifying in her own defense in a breach of contract suit regarding a film, "Clay in the Potter's Hands", in which she was to appear. The film's producer, J. Roy Stewart, died before the trial was completed, but the suit was found in his favor and McPherson ordered to pay $5900 to assignees of his interest in the contract. The trial took place in January of 1934.
County grand jury member Clifford E. Clinton (far left) and Attorney A. Brigham Rose (middle) in the courtroom. Rose and Clinton, along with Clinton's fellow grand jury member Harry L. Ferguson and Rose's legal secretary Pauline Huff were charged with contempt when they allegedly withheld information regarding Clinton's investigation of vice and gambling in Los Angeles county. Superior Judge Wilson dropped the charges, calling them legally insufficient. An attempt to renew the citations of contempt was quickly abandoned when Rose, Clifford, Ferguson, and Huff finally took the stand to testify. Rose and Clinton were again together in the courtroom when private detective Harry Raymond was the victim of a car bomb. Raymond had been doing work for Rose and Clinton concerning a bankruptcy hearing.
Makeup artist Irene Lacey in court to bring a $68,308 suit against the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. Lacey claimed that she was unfairly expelled from I.A.T.S.E because she failed to get a license from the California State Board of Cosmetology, but such a license was not required for her work.