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H. William Hess determined to protect himself after receiving multiple threats, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
March 18, 1936
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.
Photograph appears with the article, "Legion Leader Menaced After Series of Threats," Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar 1936: 9.
Mr. Hess holds a handgun in one hand and an ace of spades in the other.
American Legion leader and attorney H. William Hess has been receiving threatening telephone calls from an anonymous person at his home and office, and recently received an envelope in the mail containing an ace of spades, which he takes as a threat to his safety.
Handwritten on negative: Atty H. Wm Hess
Text from newspaper caption: H. William Hess, Los Angeles attorney and American Legion official, yesterday armed himself with an automatic pistol when, after receiving a number of threatening telephone calls, he was mailed an ace of spades, which he regarded as a death symbol.
Text from negative sleeve: 4450 - Atty H. Wm Hess Death Threat - calls + ace card in mail (also Amer. Legion official) [stamped:] Mar 25 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Playing cards
Lawyers--California--Los Angeles
Hess, H. William, (Attorney)
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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