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Title
Police Captain Ralph Davis with abortion case witnesses Rose Marie Heddens, Clara Fournelle and Leo Fournelle, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
August 21, 1935
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
Description
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Police Captain Ralph Davis (far left) with Rose Marie Heddens (wife of Harley Heddens), Clara Fournelle (Rose's sister), and her husband Leo Fournelle. The three were held as material witnesses in the case against Harley Heddens, accused of performing an illegal abortion leading to the death of Ruth Attaway. Rose Maire Heddens was later charged with her husband. The four are seated at table strewn with papers. Captain Davis holds a "Daily Police Bulletin," while Heddens and the Fournelles attempt to hide their faces from the camera.
Related to Los Angeles Times article, "Girl Death Quiz Opens: Grand Jury to Investigate "Doctor's" Activities and Two Men Sought," 21 Aug. 1935: A2.
Text from negative sleeve: 1741. Police Capt. Ralph Davis, Rose Marie Heddens, Clara Fournelle, Leo Fournelle, abortion death case, 8/21/35. [Stamped:] Aug 30 1935.
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_10116
ark:/21198/zz002ddw84
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Criminal investigations--California--Los Angeles
Witnesses--California--Los Angeles
Abortions--California--Los Angeles
Heddens, Rose Marie, b. 1907 or 08
Attaway, Ruth, 1919 or 20-1935
Fournell, Clara, b. 1905 or 06
Fournell, Leo John, 1902-1959
Davis, Ralph N., 1899-1962
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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