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.
The photograph appears with the article "Bride Denies Murder Plot; Says Plan to Poison Husband Was Only Joke; Man Confesses Part After Phone Talk Heard; Husband and Pastor Will be Questioned Today," Los Angeles Times, March 11, 1926
This photograph, cropped, appears with Los Angeles Times article, January 19, 1932, "Court Quizzes Lawyer in Gangster Jail Plot, Judge Seeks More Data on Reason Why Attorney Urged Insanity Plea for Kidnap Witness … Judge Doran … attempted to learn from Paul Tapley and Joseph Rosenthal, local attorneys, how the former came to regard himself as counsel for James Doolan, gangster …"
Judge Clarence L. Kincaid, holding an open book and raising his right hand, administering an oath to Judge Edward R. Brand, who also holds up his right hand. A coat and hat on a coat rack are in the background on the right.
Unidentified man in court for the murder trial of crossing guard Albert Dyer. Dyer had lured three Inglewood girls into the hills, where he strangled them with rope and his hands. He was eventually found guilty and executed.
Los Angeles District Attorney Buron Fitts, second from right, sits with his defense lawyer Jerry Geisler, second from left, along with his chief deputy Robert P. Stewart, far left, and deputy District Attorney, William Simpson.
Albert Dyer and his lawyers William Neeley and Ellery Cuff at Dyer's murder trial. Dyer lured three Inglewood girls to the hills, where he strangled them to death with his hands as well as rope. From left to right is Albert Dyer and public defenders Neeley and Cuff.
District Attorney Buron Fitts and his sister Mrs. Berthal Gregory appear in a crowded courtroom with Mrs. Marion Fitts and their attorneys Joseph Scott and Jerry Giesler. Seated left to right is Buron Fitts, Mrs. Marion Fitts, and Berthal Gregory. Standing in the back, left to right, is Joseph Scott and Jerry Giesler.