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Helen Wills Love to go to prison
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On December 31, 1936, Helen Wills Love stormed into the Del Mar Club in Santa Monica and shot her self-proclaimed husband, Harry A. Love, whom she felt was choosing his mother over her. Wills maintained that she was Love's "secret" wife because he had refused to share the news of his marriage with his mother, Cora K. Love, due to what Wills described as his "mother complex." Prior to her conviction in 1937, when she was sent to the California Institution for Women, also known as Tehachapi Prison, Wills fell into a coma, which was believed to have been induced by Will's overall anxiety and/or fear of prison or death by hanging. She applied for parole a couple of times, once in 1937 and again in 1938, but was denied. In 1938, she was told she would be eligible to apply again in two years; it is unknown when she was actually paroled. Wills, if counting her "marriage" to Love, had four spouses throughout her life. She died at 95 years of age on November 1, 2000.
First photograph caption dated April 6, 1937 reads, "'I feel that I never will be punished; man-made laws may cause me to be confined in prison walls, but the laws cannot make me suffer nor take away my memories of the past.' This today was the answer of Helen Love to her sentence of seven years to life in prison. She's shown contemplating her future."; Second photograph caption dated November 13, 1937 reads, "Mrs/ Helen Willis Love who shot her husband when he refused to take her out with him on New Year's Eve, today appeared before the state board of women's prison terms and paroles to have her sentence fixed. She had been sent to Tehachapi for 5-years-to-life and the board is to fix the term between those limits."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 6802
Wills, Helen
Murderers--California--Los Angeles
Women murderers--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Portrait photographs

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