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Mother Kills Dance Teacher Who Molested Daughter

June 21, 2009 |  2:00 am

June 21, 1889, Woman Kills Purported Molester

June 21, 1889: Mattie Marlette accuses dance teacher Alfred Sullivan of molesting her 3-year-old daughter and shoots him to death. Many people, especially the noirists, prefer the papers of the 1930s and '40s, but I think the 1880s-1910 period is just as fascinating. Los Angeles was a wild, crazy frontier town that was growing up.