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Father and mother on steps
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Edward L. "Ned" Doheny, Jr. was born on November 6, 1893 in Los Angeles. He was the son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny. Doheny was an executive in his father's company and was expected to take charge when his father stepped down. On February 16, 1929, Doheny and his secretary Theodore Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death in Doheny's mansion in Beverly Hills. Officially ruled a murder-suicide, with Plunkett having killed Doheny, controversy surrounded the tragedy. Several theories circulated, especially after the story was out of the papers after thirty-six hours. The word was that Doheny Sr. was "too big to monkey with." It was speculated that Doheny killed Plunkett and then himself, that Doheny's wife killed both men, and that a hired gun may have been responsible. Both men had been implicated in the elder Doheny's Teapot Dome Scandal, the younger men having delivered bribe money to former secretary of the interior, Albert Fall on behalf of Doheny Sr. Plunkett was set to testify in that case.
Shown are the parents of Theodore Hugh Plunkett, deceased accused killer of Edward L. Doheny, Jr. They are standing on a porch, covering their faces, being helped by two other men. Photograph dated February 20, 1929.
1 photographic print :b&w ;28 x 18 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1822
Plunkett, Theodore Hugh--Family
Plunkett, Theodore Hugh--Death and burial
Doheny, Edward L.,--Jr.--Death and burial
Porches--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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