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Peter Pianezzi with his mother Rose Pianezzi, at a trial where he is charged with the murders of George (Les) Bruneman and Frank A. Greuzard, Los Angeles, 1940s
Date Created and/or Issued
February 19, 1940
Publication Information
Los Angeles Daily News
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Daily News Negatives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Ex-convict Peter Pianezzi with his mother Rose Pianezzi at a trial where he is charged with two murders. Rose Pianezzi was a witness on his behalf. Allegedly, Pianezzi shot gambler George (Les) Bruneman 16 times in a cafe and then fatally shot cafe employee Frank A. Greuzard when he attempted to take down Pianezzi's license plate number. The murder, which occurred October 25, 1937, is thought to have been gang-related. The first trial ended with a hung jury, 9-3 for the acquittal of Pianezzi. In the second trial, Pianezzi received a life sentence for the murders. Later, at age 80, Pianezzi was pardoned based on innocence.
Text from original nitrate sleeve: Pianezzi, Peter
Handwritten annotation from nitrate negative: Pete Pianezzi and Mrs. Rose Pianezzi
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Judicial proceedings--California--Los Angeles
Shootings--California--Los Angeles
Homicides--California--Los Angeles
Witnesses--California--Los Angeles
Gangs--California--Los Angeles
Pianezzi, Rose
Pianezzi, Peter
Bruneman, George Les (Leslie), 1897-1937
Los Angeles Daily News Negatives

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