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Drug Addicts Blamed for Crime Wave

November 30, 2009 |  4:00 am

Nov. 30, 1919, Drug Addiction

"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."

Nov. 30, 1919, Drug Addiction

"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.

April 5, 1945, Albert F. Nathan

April 5, 1945: The Times reports the death of Albert F. Nathan. In contrast to current newspapers, in which almost every story has a byline, they were quite rare in the first half of the 20th century and were reserved for the more distinguished writers, notably newswomen Alma Whitaker and Sydney Ford and movie critics Edwin Schallert and Philip K. Scheuer.

Nathan covered many famous crimes, including the William Desmond Taylor and Louise Peete cases, but has less than 50 bylines in The Times archives.

April 5, 1945, Albert F. Nathan