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Brenda Allen



Photograph by Al Humphreys / Los Angeles Times

Someone asked: Who was Brenda Allen? I imagine you've read something about her or more likely you have at least heard of her. This is Brenda (she also used the name Marie Mitchell) with her attorney, Max Solomon, on May 19, 1948. Vice officers arrested her during a prostitution raid at 8436 Harold Way and seized a file card box full of prominent names. But that was only the beginning.

I'm going to start posting some pictures of her so maybe you'll get an idea of what she was like. She is wearing sunglasses in every single photo. I'll fill in some details along the way.

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