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Raymond bombing

Jan. 21, 1938
Los Angeles

The state attorney general's office steps into the bombing investigation and everyone in our cast of characters gets ready for the drama. (I love the front page photo of Police Capt. Earle Kynette). On the jump, a photo page gives a better idea of the relationship between Harry Raymond's house on Orme and the police surveillance post on 7th Street. Looks like the Daily Mirror will be making another field trip. I don't want to give too much of the story away, but keep your eye on Joe Shaw. In fact, watch everybody. (Also on the jump, two police officers are convicted of rolling drunks--the LAPD was incredibly corrupt during the Shaw era).

Also note (and I don't have time to do more than mention it) the Paul Wright murder case, which was one of Aggie Underwood's favorites, mostly because the newspapers had to sanitize what the victims were doing when they were killed. To vastly simplify a complicated case, Wright went to bed, leaving his wife and his best friend in the living room. Only he really didn't go to bed (I don't know how he could sleep, no matter how tanked he was, since she was supposedly playing the piano); as I recall from the files, he stayed up and spied on them using a full-length mirror on the bedroom door. He caught them in the act and shot them both with a Luger.

And yes, all of them had been "drinking heavily."








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"two police officers are convicted of rolling drunks"

At least it was done through the efforts of their own police department. LAPD seemed to have a real problem controlling their own back then.

On the main topic of the Raymond Bombing, reading the account of the goings on at 2711 E. 7th St., it would appear there was more evidence of a fraternity beer party than a police stakeout. Drinking beer, playing cards, and listening on the radio doesn't cut the mustard doing surveillance. A 'peephole' view of Raymond's front door really isn't adequate. I'm sure somebody would have wanted photographs, license plate numbers, people being identified, copies of documents, transcripts of telephone calls, etc.

Why a bombing? A burglary job would have been more productive.

Sounds like it was more of a listening post than a watching place. Terribly interesting time in L.A. history, this is just the tip of the historical ice berg.

To quote the unattributed front page article of the Los Angeles Times of January 20, 1938:

"[the unnamed police officer] said ...he was assigned to [2711 E. 7th St.] with a fellow officer and instructed by Kynette to "keep an eye on Raymond."

""I was told, watch every move that Raymond made, to shadow him, take the license numbers of all the cars that came to the Raymond home and to make a report on my findings to [Kynette] each day."..."

"Earl Kynette, acting captain of detectives of the Los Angeles Police Department, in charge of a special police investigating squad, and seven members of his personally-operated unit, last night were identified as tenants of a leased bungalow [2711 E. 7th St.] near the home of Harry Raymond, bomb victim."...

"The police officers were identified by Mrs. Beulah Raymond, wife of the private detective, and six other neightbors [Pauline Garcia, Virginia Silva, Carmen Salas, Mary Vasquez, Dolores SIlva and Marguerite Rabello]"

2711 E. 7th was more than just a listening post. I'm of the opinion that the tap may have been something that was done because the opportunity was there to do it.

I can't help but notice the resemblance of Officer Roy J. Allen to Actor John Cusack.


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