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Filmmaker William von Brincken's gun, which police claim proved he lied about an attack on him and his wife, Los Angeles, 1933
Date Created and/or Issued
January 27, 1933
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Von Brincken's full name is Baron Wilhelm Ferdinand von Brincken. He first came to the United States as a diplomat prior to World War I. When the Great War broke out he was arrested and imprisoned at McNeil Island federal prison in Washington. After his released he became an American citizen and dropped his title. He began working in the film industry in the 1920s, and from 1925 on used the first name "William".
This photograph is related to the article, "Baron Quizzed on Shot; Bullet 'Fired at Him' Came From Own Gun, Say Police to Bewilderment of Titled Writer," Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 1933: A1.
Photograph of a hand holding William Von Brincken's gun that police tested and discovered had been used to shoot his car, after he claimed the bullet had been fired by bandits.
The Brinckens reported to police that they had been robbed at gunpoint, twice threatened with assault and then involved in a gun battle over a week's time with a gang of men. Police eventually determined none of those events had occurred. William Brincken was convicted and fined for filing a false police report.
Text from negative sleeve: Von Brincken, William Baron, 1932
Handwritten on negative: Baron Von Brincken's gun
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Criminal investigations--California--Los Angeles
Von Brincken, William, 1881-1946
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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