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Bernard Finch and Carole Tregoff await verdict
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Wealthy Dr. Bernard Finch and his mistress, Carole Tregoff were on trial for the murder of Finch's wife, Barbara Finch. Initially Finch and Tregoff hired John Patrick Cody, an ex-convict, to do away with Finch's wife so that Dr. Finch could avoid the risk of loosing his fortune in a divorce with Barbara. Cody failed to complete the deal and disappeared with money in hand. Finch and Tregoff then took it upon themselves to do away with Barbara Finch. On July 18, 1959 in a struggle between Barbara and Bernard at Finch's home in West Covina, Barbara was shot and killed. Finch and Tregoff ended up facing three trials; the first two ended in mistrials and the third they were found guilty and received life sentences.
Photograph caption dated April 4, 1961 reads, "Finch at courtroom table, and Carole, in rear, await verdict. Convicted murders may get life imprisonment or death in gas chamber."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Finch, Raymond Bernard
Tregoff, Carole
Trials (Murder)--California--Los Angeles
Murder--California--Los Angeles
Crime--California--Los Angeles
Criminals--California--Los Angeles
Valley Times Collection photographs

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