Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds. Photograph of an unidentified man and woman at the Beverly Hills Residence of residence of William F. Gettle, kidnapping victim (723 N. Linden Dr.). The couple may be relatives of Mrs. Fleeta Gettle, or possibly members of the press (who made headquarters at the residence during the five-day ordeal). William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, was kidnapped from the grounds of his Arcadia ranch home during a housewarming party on the eve of May 9th. The kidnapping attracted a great deal of attention in the community, with Mrs. Gettle even addressing the kidnappers through the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The kidnappers demanded a $60,000 ransom for the return of Gettle, which Mrs. Gettle agreed to pay. However, before the ransom was paid, two detectives of the LAPD, Chester Burris and H.P. Gearhardt, broke the case after installing a dictaphone in the home of a bank robbery suspect. Information from the dictaphone led them to a La Crescenta home where Gettle was held. He was returned, unharmed, to his family on the eve of May 14th.
b&w nitrate negative
Kidnappings--California Gettle, William F., 1887-1941