Widow Robbed by Spiritualists

A young couple by the name of McCarthy came to Los Angeles in 1890, and quickly made money in the real estate game. As luck would have it, one year later, Mr. McCarthy fell ill and died.  His widow, a healthy, handsome woman, was left a well appointed house on...

A Dead Man’s Chest

Two weeks ago, the tearful relatives of Raymundo Reyes, 74, gathered at Calvary Cemetery for his burial. Not a week later, Reyes turned up, very much alive.Who then had died, this man who looked so much like Reyes that the whole family was fooled? No one had a clue...
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...
Julian Pete, Loew’s State, and “the Decade of Debauchery”

Julian Pete, Loew’s State, and “the Decade of Debauchery”

C.C. Julian was the Bernie Madoff of 1920s Los Angeles, a charming Canadian con man who hit oil in 1923 and then discovered something even more lucrative, over-selling shares in oil syndicates to oil-crazed Angelenos. At its height, Julian’s “Million...