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Defendant Phillip Shereshewfsky and sister Ida Morsch sit in courtroom, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
October 21, 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 Haynes Foundation funds.
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Shereshewfsky was facing trial for the death of his and his sister's elderly landlord, William E. Simpson. An argument between the man and Shereshewfsky turned violent, when Simpson fell down and died from a skull fracture. Shereshewfsky is referred to with a surname of "Pearl" in early newspaper articles relating to the trial. Additionally his first name is spelled as "Philip" or "Phillip" in various articles. The family possibly used both last names interchangeably. As for Simpson, his birth year and age are suspect. His census and official records do not correspond to the age the articles cite.
Related to article, "Youth Faces Death Trial: Judge Declares Testimony Meager But Denies Plea to Release Newsboy." [Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 1935]
Defendant Phillip Shereshewfsky sits in court next to his sister Ida Pearl Morsch, who holds onto his arm. A few men sit close-by, perhaps as part of their legal team. There are several men farther away sitting or standing on the defendant's side of the aisle, who are most likely part of the court audience.
Text from newspaper caption: Phillip Pearl, 17-year-old newsboy, held for trial on a murder charge, as he appeared in court yesterday with his sister, Ida Morsch.
Text from nitrate negative: 2600-- 10/29/30, L to R Philly Pearl (Defendant), Ida Morsch (sister), 10-21-35, murder trial
Handwritten on nitrate negative: L to R Philly Pearl, Ida Morsch, 10-21-35
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Courtrooms--California--Los Angeles
Trials (Manslaughter)--California--Los Angeles
Shereshewfsky, Phillip, b. ca. 1918
Morsch, Ida, b. ca. 1914
Simpson, William E., $d. ca. 1865-1935
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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