Quick Death for a Dime in Downtown

Quick Death for a Dime in Downtown

Up until the fall of 1906, an Angeleno could walk into a pharmacy downtown (or discreetly dispatch a messenger boy) without a doctor’s prescription and buy morphine, cocaine, opium, codeine, heroin, laudanum, carbolic acid or other potentially fatal poisons, packed...
Wages of Sin

Wages of Sin

  That headline pretty much covers the whole story; just another night in a boardinghouse in SRO land.In the spring of 1895, Charles Stanley was working as a cook at the Glenwood Hotel, Riverside, where he met a pretty young waitress, Bessie Bradley. Within...

Death before dishonor

Although Japanese, and as such always an outsider to the Anglo culture of SRO land, G. Kurokaua was a respected longtime employee of the Ramona Saloon at 307 South Spring Street. But for all his years in the bar, he failed to tune his ear to the friendly jibes and...
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...