Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sex Trade, Killer Cops (Hidden History of L.A.)

Wisdom Quarterly: Robert Petersen ( via Off-Ramp; Mark Allen Johnson
Los Angeles began as a bad town, full of police racism and barbaric frontier habits.
China to California – an arduous journey: sex trafficking from the start (Herschelian)
Early LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) officers who took bribes and helped pimps.
The First Cop Killed in L.A. (Episode 7)
In 1870, L.A.'s City Marshall William Warren was shot and killed, making him the first regularly-employed LAPD officer to be killed in the line of duty.

But Warren wasn't killed trying to stop a crime. Instead, he was killed by another greedy LAPD officer in connection with a dispute over a reward for recovering a runaway Chinese prostitute being trafficked by pimps in L.A. with the help of the LAPD. This episode tells the story of the shooting of this embarrassing episode in a long history of embarrassing episodes for the LAPD:
"The Hidden History of Los Angeles"
Trafficked Chinese sex workers
The podcast is the creation of Robert Petersen, who was born and raised in Pasadena and attended the LA County High School for the Arts where he majored in music. He received a BA in history from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UCLA. He is currently a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a musician who has worked on projects for a wide variety of artists.
L.A.'s Most Fascinating History
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve learned about L.A.’s history?
Petersen: There is a lot of “strange” in L.A. history. But what first comes to mind is the Bat Man Case, when a 1920s Silver Lake woman [Walburga "Dolly" Oesterreich] kept a young man, Otto Sanhuber, as a sex slave in her attic for years.

Her husband had no idea. Then one night during an argument Sanhuber came out of the attic, shot and killed the husband, staged a fake robbery with the wife to cover up the murder, and then went back in the attic to hide.

Racist Democrats? (HRS)
They almost got away with it, but the wife’s continuing sexual affairs with multiple other men caught up with her when some of her lovers began revealing details of the crime to the police.

The house where the murder took place still stands on Lafayette Park Place in Silver Lake. I would be interested to know if the current inhabitants know what happened inside their house. What are the top three things everyone should know about L.A.’s past? First... More

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