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Paul V. Coates, Confidential File, July 5, 1960

July 5, 1910, Cover

July 5, 1960: I have to hand it to Paul Coates. For this column, he tries to beat an 80-year-old con woman at her own game. Here’s his Jan. 28, 1960, piece about her.

Notice the Page 1 story about the killing of New York attorney Karl Dieffenbach, who was found nude, beaten and smothered in his room at the Disneyland Hotel. On the jump, the trial of two teenagers who said he invited them up to his room for drinks and then made “inappropriate advances.”  Dieffenbach was visiting Orange County to renegotiate a labor contract at an Anaheim manufacturing plant, The Times said.

July 5, 1960, Paul Coates

Sept. 8, 1960, Dieffenbach Killing
Sept. 8, 1960

April 2, 1961, Dieffenbach Killing
April 2, 1961

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Something similar happened to the actor Ramon Novarro in the 1960s when 2 men who came to his house beat him to death and robbed him, and claimed the same defense.


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