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Reenactment of J. Belton Kennedy murder scene (copy), Los Angeles, ca. 1921
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa 1921]
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Haynes Foundation funds.
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Madalynne Obenchain and Arthur C. Burch were tried and acquitted for the murder of J. Belton Kennedy in 1921. Obenchain served a prison sentence but was released shortly after her conviction.
A man and a woman are seen at the bottom of the stairs, arm in arm, and another man is pictured at the top. Numbers are drawn onto the photograph, possibly for a caption. "1" corresponds to Obenchain and Kennedy; "2" corresponds with where the murderer was hiding; "3" indicates the summer cottage.
According to early reports of the case, Madalyne Obenchain and J. Belton Kennedy arrived late at Kennedy's summer cottage in Beverly Glen. In the darkness, Obenchain asked Kennedy to retrieve a lucky penny she had left nearby and while he was attempting to find it, an unknown figure shot and killed Kennedy while hidden among brush beside the staircase leading to the cottage.
Text from negative sleeve: Obenchain, Madeline [handwritten:] Obenchain, Madalynne
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Criminal investigations--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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