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Leroy Saunderson stands in the witness box with a shotgun, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
December 12, 1935
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Saunderson stands in the witness box holding a shotgun with a police evidence tag attached to it, presumably showing the court the entry wound that killed Aleta Alexander.
Similar photograph appears with the article, "Actor Tells Wife Death," Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec 1935: A1.
The late Mrs. Alexander was frustrated over several failed screen tests she had taken, which provoked a fight with her husband that culminated in two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. She died the following day at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. Alexander's business manager Vernon D. Wood called to deliver the message to Mrs. Alexander's father.
Handwritten on negative: Det Lt Le Roy Saunderson 12 -12 -35
Text from negative sleeve: 4027 - Vernon D. Wood (Biz Mgr of Ross) Ross Alexander (actor husband) Dr Wm Friele (father) Chas W. Ostrom (police comm.) Det Lt Saunderson Inquest (Aleta Freile ie? Alexander shooting) 12-12-35
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Evidence (law)
Saunderson, Leroy
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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