Club 17

Bizarre Tales: Raid on Club 17

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Night Resorts Given Warning Three Held After Raid on Club 17 Curfew Law Violation LOS ANGELES TIMES (October 25, 1939) — Warning that authorities are tightening up on the enforcement of liquor control laws was sounded yesterday in the wake of an early-morning raid on the fashionable Club 17 at 1710 Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, […]

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Wanda Capek

Bizarre Tales: Wonder Woman Wanda Capek

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‘Wonder Woman’ Routs 2 Intruders’  by Mark Gerrard  LOS ANGELES TIMES June 3, 1981 — The two strange men looked plenty suspicious to Wanda Capek, 70-year-old teacher at a parochial school in Hollywood, when she returned home Tuesday and found them in her backyard. “There was a big guy carrying a big TV and a […]

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Gloria Goodwin

Gloria Goodwin: ‘Masher’ Smasher

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  How Gloria Goodwin busted male ‘vamps’ on the streets of Los Angeles in 1922. For this article, I merged excerpts from The Star Press (December 15, 1922) and The Morning Call (February 18, 1923) to make one article. I am not the author of the article, but I felt that it was important, from an […]

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Wealthy Cat's Estate

WEALTHY CAT’S ESTATE (1931)

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WEALTHY CAT’S ESTATE DISPOSED OF BY COURT (Los Angeles Times, June 9, 1931) Mitzi, often referred to as the wealthiest cat in the world, is dead, and because of the riches inherited from her mistress, Dr. Maude F. Ide, the probate court was unusually meticulous in administering the estate, which now becomes the property of Mrs. […]

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Andy Gump's Hot Dog 'Dump'

Andy Gump’s Hot Dog ‘Dump’

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Wife Fades Out of Andy Gump’s Hot Dog ‘Dump’ Los Angeles Times, February 18, 1927  Marian G. Turner, by decree of Judge Summerfield, is out of “Andy Gump’s Dump” in El Monte. She passed out yesterday at the same time that Beryl R. Turner passed out of her life. Mrs. Turner was awarded a decree […]

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Blackjack

Screen Cowboy Draws Gun in Brawl

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Screen Cowboy Convicted of Drawing Gun in Brawl Jury Finds Blackjack Ward Guilty of Felonious Assault During Café Fight With Fellow Film Player LOS ANGELES TIMES (April 11, 1942) — On the old-time Texas range a six-shooter was as much a part of a cowpuncher’s equipment as his horse and saddle – But in Hollywood, […]

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Operation

Bizarre Tales: Unusual Operation

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KNIFE, PLIERS AND GIN USED FOR OPERATION LOS ANGELES, August 2, 1930 – (UP) – A cook’s carving knife, a pair of pliers borrowed from the carpenter, a bottle of Holland gin and a needle and linen thread, saved the life of a seaman stricken with appendicitis, and as a result Dr. David R. Robbins, […]

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Strange Deaths

Bizarre Tales: Strange Deaths

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Bizarre Tales: Strange Deaths Swallows Poison After Drinking Toast to Death LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21, 1929 – (UP) – E.C. Doyle, 36-year-old automobiles salesman was listed as a suicide today after drinking a toast to death. Doyle telephoned Paul Ellmore, a friend, and told him “to come at once if you want to see me.” […]

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Colorado Street Bridge

Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge

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Bizarre Tales: Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge Wed. 27, 1927– Pasadena, CA– Twenty-two sticks of dynamite were found planted beneath the famous Colorado street bridge yesterday, revealing what may have been an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the span. The dynamite sticks had been lashed together and to them was attached a time fuse, which had failed to […]

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Hollywood Speakeasy Prohibition

Bizarre Tales: Speakeasy Murder of Eddie Diggins

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Bizarre Tales: HUNT SLAYER OF MOVIE STUNT MAN Famous Cinema Figures Involved In Fatal Row At Hollywood Night Club HOLLYWOOD, March 26, 1927 –(UP)—Equipped with a list, said to include several prominent screen and stage actors, detectives began a search here today for eye-witnesses to the murder of Eddie Diggins, movie stunt man and former prizefighter. […]

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