A look at crime in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Photos are from undisclosed locations.
Above Photo: Three gamblers wishing to keep their snake eyes hidden during a crap game somewhere in Los Angeles, November 10, 1951. (LAPL 00039498)
According to the Los Angeles Public Library, in October 1952: “Five women and a man were jailed in a vice raid. They were accused of operating a house of ill fame under the guise of an Advertising Agency in an office building.”
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find information on this arrest in the L.A. Times. (LAPL 00036709)
Three Raids Net 26 at Gambling Houses
LOS ANGELES (AP) April 26, 1953 — Twenty-six men were arrested in three crackdowns on gambling games in Los Angeles and suburban Garvey.
Sheriff’s vice squad deputies nabbed 11 men in a “portable” gaming house trailer in South Los Angeles early Saturday.
Eight men were arrested in a raid in Garvey Friday night, and seven at a cafe on West Manchester Boulevard.
The photo was taken on April 24, 1953. (LAPL 00039524)
Here are Burbank residents Margaret Henderson, 62, and her husband Jack, 64, after their arrests for working as bookies in late April 1960. Their arrest was part of a nationwide gambling raid that covered 53 cities and led to over 80 arrests.
The Hendersons were two of nineteen people arrested in the Southland. All were charged for failing to pay the federal government a $50 a year gambling tax “or the 10% excise tax in gross gambling revenue.”
“16 Seized in Southland in U.S. Bookie Raids,” Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1960.
“19 in Region Now Face U.S. Bookie Counts,” Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1960.
Photo: George Brich / LAPL 00093488