Bizarre Tales: The Case of the Cross-Dressing Slasher

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Bizarre Tales: The Case of the Cross-Dressing Slasher Witness Tells of Seeing UC Student Stab Wife Elaborate Preparations of Defendant to Waylay Young Spouse Described at Hearing Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 1956 Elaborate preparations made by Harold L. Von Mueller, 21, University of Caliofornia at Berkeley student, to waylay his estranged wife in a […]

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L.A. Confidential: POLICE RADIO NETS BANDITS

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POLICE RADIO NETS BANDITS Pair Identified as Robbers of Pasadena Store Caught Nine Minutes and Thirty Seconds Later LOS ANGELES TIMES –PASADENA, November 17, 1930 –Success of the new police radio broadcasting system was further demonstrated today when two armed bandits who just held-up the MacMarr grocery store at 60 North Lake avenue were captured […]

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Black Legion in Los Angeles, circa 1936

Bizarre Tales: BLACK HOOD LINK SOUGHT IN ARRESTS – 1936

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BLACK HOOD LINK SOUGHT IN ARRESTS Suspects Taken at Beach Talks of Masks and Legion Lends to Arrests on Ocean Park Pier LOS ANGELES TIMES (August 30, 1936) —Plans for the organization either of a Black Legion terrorist unit in Santa Monica or of a counter society to combat it led to the arrest yesterday […]

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Bizarre Tales: Gunfight at the Gayway in 1948

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Los Angeles Confidential: Gunfight at the Gayway in 1948 … a Los Angeles noir story! OFFICER SHOT DOWN IN BAR GUN BATTLE Alleged Bandit Also Wounded and Captured; Patrons Dive for Safety as Bullets Fly LOS ANGELES TIMES (December 7, 1948) — A plainclothes police officer was shot down seriously wounded and a suspect holdup […]

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Underworld Murder

Los Angeles Confidential: The Underworld Murder of Blondy Hannon

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The Underworld Murder of Blondy Hannon TWO JAILED IN MURDER OF UNDERWORLD CHARACTER Women Quizzed as Body Found in Bullet-Riddled Room After Night of Wild Revel (LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 6, 1926)…Two men were arrested on charge of suspicion of murder and two women were questioned by the police last night as they investigated the […]

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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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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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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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Female Impersonators

Impersonating Females in Cafe – 1954

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Newsflash from the Past: Five Accused of Impersonating Females in Cafe LOS ANGELES TIMES (November 2, 1954) — Five men, one of them a Pasadena High School mathematics teacher, were arrested in an Altadena cafe early yesterday on charges of impersonating females. They identified themselves as Thomas Evans Tuites [far left], 36, the teacher, and […]

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Drag Queens

Los Angeles Confidential: Drag Queens – 1946

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The photo caption reads, “Franke Goode, 17, left; Francis J. Socwell, 18. A couple of ‘girls’ who landed behind bars.” Circa 1946. (LAPL 00079408) 2

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