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Friend of Clara Phillips
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; The left side and three corners of the photograph are damaged. The print has been marked up for publishing purposes.
In 1922, Clara Phillips, a former chorus girl, learned the identity of her husband's mistress, Alberta Meadows. Fueled by jealousy and rage, Phillips went on to purchase a claw hammer, then, in the company of her friend Peggy Caffee, sought out Meadows and assaulted her. The animal-like attack against Meadows, who was left disemboweled and with a severally mauled face, earned Phillips the name "Tiger Woman." Phillips was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison for the crime of passion. She escaped from the Los Angeles County prison in 1922 and was found in Honduras in 1923. She was an inmate at San Quentin from 1923 until 1932, when she was transferred to the original California Institution for Women in Tehachapi. She was released on parole in 1935.
Portrait of Peggy Caffee sitting in refection at an unknown location, possibly a courthouse. Caffee was a key witness in the case against Clara Phillips, who brutally attacked and killed Alberta Meadows.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1106
Witnesses--California--Los Angeles
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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