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Detective "Lefty" James
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photo used for articles dated 1931 and 1937.
Portrait of Frank L. "Lefty" James, a member of the Los Angeles Police Dept. from 1913-1939. James was the head of the infamous "Gangster Squad" in the 1920s and was said to have scared many bigtime hoodlums out of Los Angeles just by talking to them before they were able to cause any real trouble. He broke one of the most publicized cases of the day, when in 1930 he found and arrested four gangsters who had kidnapped Zeke Caress, a well-known gambling figure. Photo dated: November, 1931.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 2198.
James, Frank L
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Police Department
Police--California--Los Angeles
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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