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Mystery photo

January 14, 2008 |  6:55 am


Photograph by the Los Angeles Times


Who are these gentlemen and what are they doing? Bonus question: Who was the former owner of this Cadillac?
  • Is it Johnny Stompanato? (Howard Decker--first by 10 minutes over the next correct response). Absolutely. A photo published June 7, 1949, shows John Stompanato and L.R. Shoemaker of the sheriff's Gangster Squad looking for bullet holes in a 1948 Cadillac Stompanato bought from Mickey Cohen. Authorities were investigating charges that a Beverly Hills auto body shop fixed bullet holes in Cohen's and Stompanato's cars without reporting the repairs to police, as required by law. In a few months, Mr. Stompanato is going to have an unfortunate encounter with a knife.

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