Drug Addicts Blamed for Crime Wave
November 30, 2009 | 4:00 am
"Ninety-nine percent of the present series of holdups, burglaries, armed robberies and other deeds of violence being committed nightly in this city and sometimes referred too as the 'crime wave' are the work of drug fiends seeking to get narcotics either directly or in order to secure money with which to buy them."
"Few better examples of the drug fiend as criminal are known to the police than George Leaf, alias Alfred Nyland, who fired a bullet into his own brain after being wounded six times in a gunfight with police Detectives Parsons and Barnes and police Sgt. Cahill and patrolman Lane. The battle took place near 719 S. Olive Street on Sept. 28 of this year."
|Nov. 30, 1919: Albert F. Nathan profiles Los Angeles drug addicts and their crimes. Nathan was a reporter who worked at The Times for 30 years, mainly on the police and court beats. A veteran of both world wars, Nathan died in 1945 at the age of 52. |