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Fred and Clara Steeger, Albert L. Cheney estate investigation
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Fowler, Perry
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.; Photograph also used in article dated October 26, 1935.
Hazel Belford Glab's "new" wealthy fiance´, Albert Llewellyn Cheney, died mysteriously on March 13, 1935 in a Las Vegas hotel on the eve of their intended marriage. In a will penned in purple ink on hotel stationary, Cheney attested all his property, personal belongings and insurance policies, go to his future wife. After Cheney's daughter, Mrs. Catherine Taylor, contested what she termed her father's "purported will", it was surmised that Mrs. Glab forged the will over a genuine signature of Cheney's, bequeathing her his entire $400,000 estate, and then persuaded accomplices Fred and Clara Steeger to sign it as witnesses. Ultimately, Glab's luck ran out and she, along with the Steeger's, was arrested on forgery charges. During the trial, authorities reopened the investigation into the shooting death of her third husband, John I. Glab, a wealthy retired Chicago Druggist whose mysterious death seven years earlier had remained unsolved. On December 27, 1935, Mrs. Glab was found guilty and was convicted of forgery and preparing false evidence; she was sentenced to Tehachapi Women's Prison for a term of 2 to 14 years for that crime. Shortly thereafter, in April 1936, Glab was convicted of second-degree murder for killing John Glab, the sentence being seven-years-to-life. Surprisingly, though, she was out of prison in 1943 after serving only 7 years.
Photograph article dated March 26, 1935 reads, "Fred Steeger And His Wife, Mrs. Clara Steeger - Will Witnesses Tell Cheney's Fondness for Mrs. Glab."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 2285
Cheney, Albert L.--Estate
Decedents' estates--Cases
Swindlers and swindling--California--Los Angeles
Trials (Forgery)--California--Los Angeles
Witnesses--California--Los Angeles
Forgery--California--Los Angeles
Wills--California--Los Angeles
Trials--California--Los Angeles
Couples--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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