L.A. Confidential - Crimes

LAPD – gambling raids – 1934

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1934 Gambling Raids

On January 28, 1934, LAPD captain Hunter (left) and Asst. Captain Contreras led surprise gambling raids on three private nightclubs: the Old Colony Club, 1731 North Alta Loma Drive; the Clover Club, 8477 Sunset Boulevard; and Club La Boheme, 8614 Sunset Boulevard. As part of their sting, four undercover cops worked as waiters inside each […]

1900s

Molokane – Russian Immigrants – 1906

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Molokane

Newsflash from the Past: TAKE TO HILLS IN A SCARE. Deluded Los Angeles Molokane Will Move Tomorrow for Fear of Quake. Los Angeles Times (October 14, 1906) There will be an exodus of the Molokane from Los Angeles tomorrow. The 2000 or more [Russian] colonists will begin their trek from the city early in the […]

Bizarre Tales

Newsflash: Haunted House – 1963

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Haunted House

Newsflash from the Past:  BOY SCOUTS SURVIVE HAUNTED HOUSE VISIT CANOGA PARK (Feb. 11, 1963) — There were strange noises in the haunted house but they weren’t caused by any supernatural being. So reported three Boy Scouts who tested their courage over the weekend by spending an entire night in a deserted house on the […]

Bizarre Tales

Los Angeles – Cecil Hotel Deaths

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Cecil Hotel suicide

The Cecil Hotel: A Walk on the Dark Side Information compiled by Craig Owens, Author of Haunted by History Vol. 1: Separating the Facts and Myths of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California. The Cecil Hotel was never a hotel that received and earned a lot of respect until 2017 when it became […]

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Sheriff to Destroy Gambling Gear – 1955

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Newsflash from the Past: Sheriff to Destroy Gambling Gear Los Angeles Times, November 10, 1955 — The Sheriff’s Department today plans to destroy some thousands of dollars’ worth of gambling equipment confiscated in raids during the last two years. Sheriff [Eugene W.] Biscailuz will supervise the destruction of the paraphernalia. It consists of pinball, marble […]