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John Wuest Hunt with attorney
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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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Delight Jewett was a 17 year-old high school student from Denver. John Hunt was a California millionaire and disciple of Father Divine's International Peace Mission cult in Harlem. Calling himself John the Revelator, he met 17-year-old Delight Jewett in December, 1936, and took her back to California without her parents' consent. Renaming her "Virgin Mary," he began sexual relations with her. Father Divine summoned the pair to New York, separated the couple and reprimanded Hunt. The Jewetts, finding their daughter brainwashed into believing she was literally the Virgin Mary, demanded compensation. After the movement's attorneys refused, the outraged Jewetts offered their story to William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal, a critic of the cult. After a manhunt, Hunt was charged, under the Mann Act, with taking a minor across state lines for "immoral purposes." The White-Slave Traffic Act, also known as the Mann Act, is a United States federal law, passed June 25, 1910. The act makes it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of "any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose." Hunt was convicted and sentenced to three years and adopted a new name, the "Prodigal Son." Hugh MacBeth was a well-know African American attorney in Los Angeles.
Photograph caption dated June 23, 1937 reads "Hunt is shown at left in a serious courtroom conference with H. B. Smith, in center, a co-defendant, and Hugh Macbeth, Hunt's Negro attorney. In her testimony Miss Jewett said that when she was leaving Denver with Hunt 'a whole new outfit--very expensive clothes' was purchased for her and that she believed Smith paid for them. She said 'Hunt never carried money." Hunt is talking to Macbeth, who has his back slightly to the camera.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 30 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 6761
Hunt, John Wuest
Hunt, John Wuest--Trials, litigation, etc
Jewett, Delight--Trials, litigation, etc
MacBeth, Hugh,--Sr
United States.--Mann Act of 1910--Cases
International Peace Mission
Criminals--California--Los Angeles
Lawyers--California--Los Angeles
Crime--California--Los Angeles
Cult members--California--Los Angeles
Cults--United States
Men--California--Los Angeles
Trials (Sex crimes)--California--Los Angeles
Courtrooms--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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