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Handwritten letter from extortionist to Mae West, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
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Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Photograph of handwritten note on lined paper, attached to board by tacks
Text reads: Acid is a horrible thing to throw in one's face so beau tiful in the height s of her career you can lose a $1000 or a 1,000,000 we are determind to get it. We want that money no later than nine oclock Monday nite at the other end of Warner Bros Studio in the last tree palm tree if the extortion squad is there we will by our oth get you and spoil your face for all time you know where the last tree is by the gate on the corner stick it in the tree by the palns and dont try to stop who gets it tie a handkerchief on the wall there opposite the tree if you fail to meet our demands. We will shoot a air gun at you within ten da's and we are good shots OVER
Related to Los Angeles Times article, October 8, 1935, Officers Capture Mae West Death Threat Suspect, Six Others Questioned in $1000 Plot After Seizure of Studio Bus Boy as He Assertedly Picks Up Decoy. Suspected as the author of a series of sinister notes to Mae West, motion-picture actress, threatening death or disfiguration by acid unless she paid $1000, George Janios, 38-year-old bus boy at a Western-avenue studio, last night was in the custody of investigators …
Janios was released from custody two days later.
Text from nitrate negative sleeve: 2475, NBox6, Oct 22 1935, Extortion Letters sent to Mae West, 10-10-35
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Extortion--California--Los Angeles
West, Mae
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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