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Minister, Wife, Pray as Confession to Sex Crime Is Read

June 27, 2009 |  8:00 am

May 4, 1939, Joseph Jeffers
Los Angeles Times file photo

May 4, 1939: Church members rally around the Rev. Joseph Jeffers and his wife, Zella, after their arraignment.
June 27, 1939, Joseph Jeffers

June 27, 1939: The Rev. Joseph Jeffers and his wife, Zella, pray as her confession is read in court. They were accused of a sex crime that The Times considered unprintable. The defense charged that Jeffers was framed because of his controversial views against Catholics and Jews.