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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. Paul Behrmann was the former manager of Anne Nichols, author of the popular play, "Abie's Irish Rose." In 1947, Behrmann was charged with taking $10,000 from a Mrs. Wanda Schoemann who assumed the money was going to help Nichols. He was also charged with stealing $10,000 from the author, withdrawn from her bank account without her permission. Nichols testified that she was solvent and had no need to arrange for a loan from anyone. Behrmann was convicted. In 1949, while appealing that conviction, Behrmann was questioned by federal agents about his involvement with gangsters, including Mickey Cohen. They were concerned about leaks of official police documents, especially transcripts of conversations gained by bugging the home of Mickey Cohen. The government was planning a crackdown on mobsters in Los Angeles. Photograph caption dated September 23, 1949 reads "'Informer' surrenders." Behrmann is shown seated at a table. He was found in contempt of court for refusal to answer grand jury questions and failure to appear.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00115824 HeraldÂ Examiner Collection HE box 73 CARL0005345754 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32059
Behrmann, Paul R Berhmann, Paul R.--Trials, litigation, etc Informers--California--Los Angeles Criminals--California--Los Angeles Crime--California--Los Angeles Swindlers and swindling--California--Los Angeles Men--California--Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.) Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs