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Louis R. Payne confesses to murdering mother and brother, Los Angeles County, 1934
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa June, 1934]
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.
According to reports, Payne had take an electric car to Huntington Beach and, after wandering for a few days, approached Desk Sargent Grant and confessed his crime. He was dressed in a brown suit, tan trench coat, and "spotlessly white shoes."
Payne (center) sits with his hands clasped on his stomach, looking over at a telegram in the unidentified officer's hands. On his other side sits another unidentified officer.
In early June, 1934, police officers discovered the bodies of Carrie L. Payne, 45, and Robert Payne, 15, at their Westwood home. They had been brutally murdered by Louis R. Payne, their respective son and brother, in late May. Payne was arrested several days after he committed the crime and after confessing at a Huntington Beach police station. He carried a telegram in his pocket with a letter to his father.
This photograph is possibly related to the article, the article, “Youth Admits Ax Killing of Mother and Brother,” Los Angeles Times, 04 Jun 1934: 1.
Text from negative sleeve: Payne, Louis R. Murder Case
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Criminal investigations--California--Los Angeles
Police--California--Los Angeles County
Payne, Louis Rude
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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