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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: Homicide

Grim Sleeper No. 149




 
 
  Grim Sleeper No. 149  

8101 S. Western
Grim Sleeper photo No. 149 has quite a bit of detail. The picture apparently shows Frenchie’s Patio Soul Food, which was located 8101 S. Western Ave. (323) 753-2614. The only mention in The Times is a 1998 story by Jocelyn Stewart about an annual day of dialogue on race relations begun in 1995 after the L.A. riots.

A quick look at a map might fill in some blanks. The restaurant was just around the corner from 1728 W. 81st St., the home of Grim Sleeper suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr.


But we run into some problems. According to Property Shark, 8101 S. Western Ave. is a restaurant/cocktail lounge built in 1977.

  8101 S. Western  

Which is clearly not what we find on Google maps street view.

Aha, this was built in 2006.

  grim_sleeper149_mirror  

We can also see a little bit more of the neighborhood reflected in the right side-view mirror. I’ve flopped it (we’re starting with a reflection in a mirror) to show what we would see if we were standing by the van and looking back. This appears to be the north side of West 81st Street.

  81st Street  

  Grim Sleeper sticker  

On further examination, I found a couple of interesting things in the van. The first is some sort of humorous bumper sticker on the passenger’s sun visor.

  Grim Sleeper 149 registration  

And there also appears to be some sort of vehicle registration fixed to the windshield.

ALSO

Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52
Grim Sleeper Nos. 48-49

Grim Sleeper Nos. 51-53.
Grim Sleeper Nos. 56-57
Grim Sleeper Nos. 59 and 81
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75-78, labrets
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75 and 77, Kendreay
Grim Sleeper Nos. 96-96, Maxine
Grim Sleeper No. 139, The Mail Slot
Grim Sleeper Nos. 141-142, Deborah B. Cleveland
Grim Sleeper No. 166, Ms. D. Johnson

 



 




Grim Sleeper No. 166





  grim_sleeper166_d_johnson  

  grim_sleeper166_d_johnson  

Grim Sleeper No. 166 is wearing an ID badge reading “Ms. D. Johnson, N.A.” If I had to guess, I would say this was taken professionally and is some sort of graduation picture, and I would assume that D. Johnson was a nurse’s aide.

ALSO

Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52
Grim Sleeper Nos. 48-49

Grim Sleeper Nos. 51-53.
Grim Sleeper Nos. 56-57
Grim Sleeper Nos. 59 and 81
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75-78, labrets
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75 and 77, Kendreay
Grim Sleeper Nos. 96-96, Maxine
Grim Sleeper No. 139, The Mail Slot
Grim Sleeper Nos. 141-142, Deborah B. Cleveland
Grim Sleeper No. 149




Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52







Grim Sleeper Nos. 51-53





  grim_sleeper_51-53_final  

Here are three more photos that seem to belong together, Nos. 51-53. Perhaps the women will be more recognizable in context with one another.

ALSO

Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52
Grim Sleeper Nos. 48-49

Grim Sleeper Nos. 56-57
Grim Sleeper Nos. 59 and 81
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75-78, labrets
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75 and 77, Kendreay
Grim Sleeper Nos. 96-96, Maxine
Grim Sleeper No. 139, The Mail Slot
Grim Sleeper Nos. 141-142, Deborah B. Cleveland
Grim Sleeper No. 149
Grim Sleeper No. 166, Ms. D. Johnson


Grim Sleeper Nos. 56-57





  Grim Sleeper, 56-57  

Here’s another pair of photos that belong together. Maybe these women will be more recognizable in context with one another. No. 56 is on the right, No. 57 is on the left.

ALSO

Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52
Grim Sleeper Nos. 48-49

Grim Sleeper Nos. 51-53.
Grim Sleeper Nos. 59 and 81
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75-78, labrets
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75 and 77, Kendreay
Grim Sleeper Nos. 96-96, Maxine
Grim Sleeper No. 139, The Mail Slot
Grim Sleeper Nos. 141-142, Deborah B. Cleveland
Grim Sleeper No. 149
Grim Sleeper No. 166, Ms. D. Johnson




Grim Sleeper Nos. 48-49





  Grim Sleeper, 48-49  

 
I noticed in going through the LAPD’s photos in the Grim Sleeper case that several images were taken from one photo. Here’s Nos. 48 and 49, pasted back together. Maybe these women will be more recognizable in context with one another. 

ALSO

Grim Sleeper Nos. 4 and 52
Grim Sleeper Nos. 51-53.
Grim Sleeper Nos. 56-57
Grim Sleeper Nos. 59 and 81
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75-78, labrets
Grim Sleeper Nos. 75 and 77, Kendreay
Grim Sleeper Nos. 96-96, Maxine
Grim Sleeper No. 139, The Mail Slot
Grim Sleeper Nos. 141-142, Deborah B. Cleveland
Grim Sleeper No. 149
Grim Sleeper No. 166, Ms. D. Johnson



The Grim Sleeper on the Daily Mirror




‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Protested in Berlin




 
 
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Dec. 6, 1930:  Fascists in Berlin protest a showing of the German version of “All Quiet on the Western Front.” “Fascists, who were planted in the audience, shouted, ‘Out Jews!’ hurled stench bombs and set white mice loose under the seats,” The Times said.

Ramon Novarro makes his debut in a Spanish-language film as director and star of "Sevilla de mis Amores," the Spanish version of MGM’s "Call of the Flesh."

ALSO

Movie Star Ramon Novarro Beaten to Death, 1968
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Santa Monica Man Admits Strangling Waitress





 
 
  Dec. 23, 1960, Mirror  


Dec. 3, 1960: Gerald "Frenchy" Fernandez admits strangling Susan Kilgore, whose body was found outside the Wind and Sea Tavern, 101 Broadway, Santa Monica. Her clothing was "disarranged" and Fernandez says he killed her when she "resisted his advances."

Kilgore had a drinking problem and had been married three times, according to her mother. She was 24.

Darryl Zanuck couldn't believe Marilyn Monroe was really singing in the rushes for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," so he had her sing for him, Maurice Zolotow says in "The Real Marilyn Monroe."
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Nov. 23, 1940





  Nov. 23, 1940, Dr. Blank  


Nov. 23, 1940: This is one of the more interesting L.A. corruption stories of the 1940s. Bugsy Siegel was getting out of jail, where he was in custody in the killing of Harry Greenberg, thanks to Dr. Benjamin Blank, the jail physician.

I hesitate to refer anyone to Jim Richardson’s autobiography, “For The Life of Me,” because it’s flawed by his faulty memory (the book might be subtitled: “I was a better reporter roaring drunk than you were stone sober and don’t you forget it”), but he has more information on the relationship between Blank and Siegel. Florabel Muir also talks about Blank and Siegel in “Headline Happy.” 

Siegel's FBI file is here -- all 2,421 heavily censored pages of it.

Jimmie Fidler says: Mrs. Dean Jagger, helpmate. Mrs. Jagger proved her interest in her husband's screen career by interrupting his first kissing scene to demand a retake because "she knew from personal experience that he could do better."

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Dr. Crippen Is Hanged





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Nov. 23, 1910: Dr. Hawley Crippen is executed in London for killing his wife.

“Only a small group of officials attended, and every effort had been made to prevent morbid crowds from gathering in the neighborhood,” The Times said.


“An evening paper caused a sensation last night by flooding the city with placards that Crippen had made a written confession. Everyone in a position to know denied this,” The Times said. 


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Dorothy Stratten -- ‘Galaxina’





  Nov. 22, 1980, Galaxina
 

   Aug. 16, 1980, Dorothy Stratten  


Nov. 22, 1980: “Galaxina” is released to movie theaters three months after one of the stars, former Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten, died in a murder-suicide. “Since Stratten plays a robot in the title role, there's no telling whether she had talent or not," Kevin Thomas says.


Crown International changed its ad campaign after Stratten’s death, using early concept artwork in ads rather than the planned photos of Stratten, according to  Terri Smith, the company’s publicity director.
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Death in Miami





  One Magazine, October 1954  

  One magazine, October 1954
 



In August 1954, a couple parking at a North Miami “lovers lane” found the body of a 27-year-old man in a pool of blood.  About 500 yards away, police located a 1950 convertible with blood spatters on the seat and a .22-caliber shell on the floor. Investigators traced the car to William T. Simpson, an Eastern Air Lines steward who had just returned on a flight from Detroit. One of his co-workers said Simpson was upbeat on the return to Miami because he was looking forward to a date.

One phase of the investigation began searching for leads on the murder weapon, which was identified as a Beretta. The other phase of the inquiry focused on Simpson’s friends and traced his movements through Miami night spots, determining that Simpson was gay.

In canvassing neighborhoods, detectives learned that for several months, people had noticed a young man hitchhiking on Biscayne Boulevard around 23rd or 24th Street and whenever he was picked up, the car was trailed by another man in a green Chevrolet. As the hitchhiker and the green Chevrolet appeared almost nightly, people began to suspect they were running some kind of racket.

In searching for anyone who owned a Beretta .22, police acting on a tip picked up Charles W. Lawrence, who was identified in a lineup as the Biscayne Boulevard hitchhiker. After 15 minutes of interrogation, Lawrence admitted killing Simpson while “resisting his advances,” according to the Miami Daily News.  Lawrence identified his partner as Lewis Richard Killen, who drove a green Chevrolet.

Killen told police that he and Lawrence had been working a scheme in which Lawrence would be picked up by a gay man while hitchhiking and trailed by Killen to a remote spot where the two would rob their victim. Lawrence claimed he didn’t plan to kill Simpson but just wanted to frighten him.

The gay community that was revealed during the homicide investigation horrified editors at the Miami Daily News, which responded with a three-part series by Jack W. Roberts that is republished in books on gay history. On the jump, the series – which can only be described as appalling beyond belief, even for the 1950s – and news stories about Simpson’s killing. Notice especially Part 2 of the series, which deals with the LAPD’s harassment of gays and quotes Deputy Chief of Detectives Thad Brown

Lawrence and Killen were charged with first-degree murder, but convicted of manslaughter.

 

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