Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Second and Spring Streets, ca. 1920 Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionF.E. Howard would have plied his trade as a druggist at Dean’s Drugstore on 2nd and Spring Street in relative anonymity if it weren’t for the outcry raised by nurses at his former...
Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Second and Spring Streets, ca. 1920 Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionF.E. Howard would have plied his trade as a druggist at Dean’s Drugstore on 2nd and Spring Street in relative anonymity if it weren’t for the outcry raised by nurses at his former...
Nobody got their dinner

Nobody got their dinner

At noon, butcher William F. Mosher, 53, left his shop at 1703 East Washington Street and drove his horse-drawn rig, a sort of open carriage, home to 232 ½ Winston Street, to dine with his family. His wife and adult children were waiting for him to come to the table...
“Love is catching like the measles.”

“Love is catching like the measles.”

Today my new book, L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City is finally out. As such, it seems like a fitting time to introduce InSROland readers to one of my two subjects, future LAPD chief William H. Parker. (The other, in case...
Marion Dayar…Detective

Marion Dayar…Detective

Marion Dayar, a twenty-three year old nightclub entertainer, was severely beaten by a brick bat wielding assailant in her Bixel Street apartment on May 20, 1939.  Marion vowed that she would find her attacker if it took the rest of her life. It wouldn’t take her...