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Mrs. Elaine Huddle and Dean Farris, witnesses at the Peter Pianezzi murder trials, Los Angeles, 1940s
Date Created and/or Issued
between February 5, 1940 and April 20, 1941
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.
Handwritten annotation from nitrate negative: Mrs. Elaine HuddleDean Farris
Mrs. Elaine Huddle and Dean Farris, witnesses at the trial for the murder of gambler George (Les) Bruneman. Farris was a bartender at the cafe owned by Huddle's husband, where the murder took place. Charged with the killing is ex-convict Peter Pianezzi. Pianezzi allegedly shot Bruneman 16 times and then fatally shot Frank A. Greuzard, a cafe employee who tried to chase after him. Both Farris and Huddle positively identified Pianezzi as the murderer. The murder, which took place on October 25, 1937, is thought to have been gang-related. There were two trials for this case. The first ended in a hung jury, 9-3 for the acquittal of Pianezzi. In the second, Pianezzi received a life sentence for the two murders. Later, at age 80, Pianezzi received a pardon based on innocence.
Text from original nitrate sleeve: Huddle, Roy; Huddle, Elaine -Mrs.; Pianezzi, Pete; Freedman, Nathan
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
Farris, Dean
Huddle, Elaine
Bruneman, George Les (Leslie), 1897-1937
Los Angeles Daily News Negatives

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