Bizarre Tales

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 […]

1970s

Evel Knievel gets 6 months for assault – 1977

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Evel Knievel gets 6 months for assault SANTA MONICA, CA. November 15, 1977 (AP) — Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel has been given one week to get his affairs in order before he begins serving six months in jail for beating his former press agent with a baseball bat. Superior Court Judge Edward Rafeedie compared Knievel’s […]

Bizarre Tales

GOT CASTOR OIL COCKTAIL – 1918

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newsflash from the past CASTOR OIL COCKTAIL

Newsflash from the Past: GOT CASTOR OIL COCKTAIL Attorney Says Husky Wife Made Him Take One LOS ANGELES, April 6, 1918. – A “castor oil” cocktail is the newest thing in divorce suits. E.T. Barber, an attorney, was granted a divorce by Judge Finlayson from Kate W. Barber, after declaring that his wife, Kate W. Barber, […]