Sunday, November 06, 2005

Sandwich of Mystery

November 6, 1947
Los Angeles

When asked why he had attempted to kidnap Celina Jarmillo, 18, as she was leaving work at 1427 E. Fourth Street, Raymond Adame, also 18, explained: "Last April she made me a sandwich of potatoes, beans and macaroni, and, according to our legends, she bewitched me. I couldn't get out of her spell." A later reports added fish eyes to the sandwich ingredients, and Farmer's Market columnist Fred Beek suggested this might be a good addition to a meatless Tuesday menu.

In any case, Celina's witchery must still have been working, because a radio car drove by just as Raymond tried to make the snatch. He's down at Hollenbeck cooling his heels. Adame usually resides at 206 N. Clarence Street, Jarmillo at 5927 Fifth Ave.

1 comment:

Larry said...

Officer Kills Man—Struggling with Police Officer J.L. Brown, attempting to arrest him for burglary of a market at 10807 Avalon Blvd., Clarence Wallas, 25-year-old Negro of 488 E. 41st St., was shot and killed. Radio Patrol Officer R.F. Williams captured Wallas’ asserted partner, Roosevelt Everline, 22, of 488 E. 41st, as he assertedly attempted to flee in a car.

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The Times did absolutely no follow-up to this incident as to whether Everline was tried in the burglary, nor was there any apparent investigation of the officer-involved shooting. Of course, in the 1940s, police shootings were rarely if ever investigated.

Public records shed little light on Wallas, except that he was born in Texas and apparently had no Social Security number. Everline (SS# 467-22-4104), who died in Virginia in 1981, was also born in Texas, but there’s no further information.

Brown and Williams responded to a domestic dispute shortly before Christmas in which Dorothy Sanford of 5519 S. St. Andrews Place shot her husband, Louis, three times. Apparently Louis’ family had come to stay with the Sanfords “for a few days” six weeks earlier and bickering had ensued.

Brown never reappeared in The Times, but Williams served for several years in the LAPD intelligence unit, investigating such cases as the Sam Rummel murder.

The market burned in 1960 and its surviving contents were auctioned off.

In 1948, another resident of 488 E. 41st St., Prentiss Lanford, was involved in a car crash that destroyed large number of records that he and two companions were transporting. One surviving disc, according to The Times, was “Road Boogie,” but whether this was Curly Rash’s “Humble Road Boogie” is undetermined.

Quote of the day: “In my type of work I don’t wear many clothes. He thought it was degrading when it is really interpretative and highly artistic.”
Flo Ash, “The Cutest Little Nudist,” during divorce proceedings against husband Pietro Gentile, operatic baritone.