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Title
Letter purportedly written by William F. Gettle during his five-day kidnapping ordeal, 1934
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa May 10, 1934]
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.
Letter purported to have been written by William F. Gettle during his five-day kidnapping ordeal. The letter was likely sent to attorney Ernest E. Noon, who acted as intermediary between the family and the kidnappers. Noon was preparing to deliver $75,000 in ransom money to the kidnappers before they were captured in a separate bank robbery sting.
Text from letter reads: 4. Stay in your office. From there [...] will contact you when ready you are to put add in the personal column Thurs Mary please home Father is sick Jane. Do not pay any attention to any notes are [sic] letters unless Signed Bill Gettle
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_10363
ark:/21198/zz002hb9v2
Language
English
Subject
Kidnappings--California
Gettle, William F., 1887-1941
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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