Skip to main content

Image / Robert S. James, suspect in Mary Emma James murder case, and Norris …

Have a question about this item?

Item information. View source record on contributor's website.

Robert S. James, suspect in Mary Emma James murder case, and Norris Stensland, deputy sheriff, studying photographs, LosAngeles, 1935 or 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
August 9, 1935
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 Arcadia funds.
Related to Los Angeles Times article, August 10, 1935, Pond Death Confab Held. While tentative plans for an inquest were announced, Robert S. James, beauty-parlor operator, yesterday conferred with Capt. Norris Stensland at the Sheriff’s office in connection with the death of his bride, Mrs. Mary Bush [sic] James, whose partly submerged body was discovered last Monday in the fish pond of her La Crescenta home. …
Robert S. James, in jacket and tie, and Norris Stensland, in shirt and tie, holding photograph or paper, both seated at table with many photographs under glass top, with pen holder made of dice and adding machine on table, lamp, fan, and shelves in background
Robert S. James' real name was Major Raymond Lisenba. He was known as Robert S. James during his marriage to Mary Emma Busch James and at the time of her death in 1935, and, after her murder by rattlesnake bite and drowning, as "Rattlesnake James."
Text from nitrate negative sleeve: 1738, NITRATE, 2 negs. Robert S. James, Norris Stensland, Fishpond death, Sept. 11, 1935
Handwritten at edge of negative: Robt. S. James, Norris Stensland
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Stensland, Norris Gilbert, 1891-1956
James, Robert S., 1895-1942
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

About the collections in Calisphere

Learn more about the collections in Calisphere. View our statement on digital primary resources.

Copyright, permissions, and use

If you're wondering about permissions and what you can do with this item, a good starting point is the "rights information" on this page. See our terms of use for more tips.

Share your story

Has Calisphere helped you advance your research, complete a project, or find something meaningful? We'd love to hear about it; please send us a message.

Explore related content on Calisphere: