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Entertainer robbed by "Mad Man"
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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On November 21, 1953, Andrew J. Kmiec was shot to death by a man who answered an ad for Kmiec's car. The man, Anthony Zilbauer, lured the insurance adjuster and friend Dolly Ann McCormick to Norwalk where he shot and killed Kmiec and stole the vehicle. Dubbed the "Want-Ad Killer," it was later revealed that Zilbauer had committed several other crimes related to newspaper classified ads. Zilbauer was convicted and was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison in California on Mary 18, 1955.
Photograph caption dated December 3, 1953 reads "Professional Organist Belle Brooks, above, today named Anthony Barr as the man who robbed her of furs and jewels when he answered a newspaper ad last Nov. 20 while she lived at a Burbank apartment." "Barr" was an alias for Anthony Zilbauer, the robber who shot and killed a man the day after Brooks' robbery.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Brooks, Belle
Women--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Victims of crimes--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Crime--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Entertainers--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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