The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1924 · 27
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err J ..' jrs? itt "PART II: 22 i; TK Ci i C51 mtf y w t N up i J-1 n JC 1 trwy'La. Vol xuv. SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 7, 1924. T)AT)TTT TTHVI'T ,h ri,r Trrr !.-rUl UliA 1 1U f My tlw, mo fl't,- -l.m it its.' KID M'COY CONFIDENT ON EYE OF MURDER TRIAL! nss; Mi i DEFENSE IN MORS SLAYING IS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY Ex-Prizefighter Faces Grimmest Battle of His Life Tomorrow; Scores Will Testify ' , BY JOE SHERMAN With both the prosecution and defense clothing their more important moves in a shroud of secrecy everything appears to be in readiness for the opening tomorrow morning of the most momentous battle in the long career of Norman Selby, the Kid McCoy of the prize fight ring and conqueror of many women, when he goes on trial S. Crail on an indictment charging him with the murder of his sweetheart, Mrs. Teresa Mors. . Since his arrest, McCoy has stoutly maintained that Mrs. Mora committed suicide while he struggled to prevent her. ' She shot Herself in the head, ho said, in their apartment at the Nottingham, 2819 Leeward avenue, where they were living under the name of "Mr. and Mrs. N. Shields." And o: the eve of his trial McCoy relte..ted that statement at the County Jail.' . , "They can't turn a suicide into a murder,'! the Kid said as he waited for a photographer to prepare a - flashlight for a picture.) "Teresa committed suicide and j that is all there is to it. As sure as there is an Almighty Power I will be acquitted, of this charge, fiod will never permit any conviction of murder when It was truly a suicide. Personally I am all ready for trial, and never m, my me have I felt so confident of winning a battle as I am of winning this one. All that I ask is that the public withhold judgment on me until the verdict Is in." - . , DEFENSE IS SECRET. T. McCoy's attorneys, II, dealer, George Slneve, of Cooper, Colllngs and Khreve, and Fred Thompson, after a conference, decided they would not disclose what the defense will be. Other attorneys who have withdrawn Trom the case since McCoy's arrest laid the foundation for a plea of Insanity. The defense of insanity has not been dropped by present 'co tinsel.- but it la almost certain that they will interpose other defenses on behalf of their client. . The same silence came from the camp of the prosecution, which will be handled by Chief Trial Ieputy District-Attorney Charles W. Fricke. E. J. "Jennison of the District Attorney's homicide department, and ! Dep. Dist.-Atty. Charles W. Ostrom. Mr. Fricke declined to state what motive they Would attempt to. prove -led McCoy to slay Airs. Mors. ; A brief review of the evidence In the case shows that, the body of Mrs. Mors, a divorcee of less than a week from Albert A. Mors, an-. tlque dealer, was found,,, in' the ' apartment' occupied by herself and McCoy,, by David Hiram, colored porter at the Nottingham, the morning of August 13, last. - An examination of the body showed that Mrs. Mors died from a bullet wound through the' head by the left ear. On the left wrist was a deep gash,, the left side of the lip had been split through to the teeth,1 there was a geratch on her chest, and .ffi'ffre' were "'bruises on the upjerpart.of both Wraa, McCOV VSKS GUX 'V"-v While the police were making the identification of "Mrs. Shields" as Mrs. Mors at the Nottingham, McCoy, for practically two 'hours, was master at the Mors's antique shop, 2228 West Seventh street, making a prisoner of everyone who entered the door and holding them terror-stricken through the threat of a gun he carried. - After taking everything of value from the men who entered, he forced 'three of them to remove their shoes and trousers to prevent their escape, , When one of them. William G. Ross, 1201 Lexington Road, Beverly Hills, did attempt a dash for the door, he was shot in the hip, by McCoy. At that McCoy ran "to the rtreet and entered the millinery shop of Samuel and Ann Kchapp at 2220 West Seventh street. He shot at them, hitting them both in the thigh. McCoy then walked out of the shop and toward Westlake Park, where he was arrested. McCOV TELLS STOIIY Later McCoy told the police his story of the death of Mrs. Mors, the substance of which was that on the night of August 12, about 10 o'clock ho and Mrs. Mors were SSM3S5 i t! REMOVAL SALE ...... . ,,. , W e move to our new building 27 id West Seventh Street About January First Big reduction sale 'now in progress. jjj 'NCOBBOBATfn 827 West 7th Street . . f I s, I before Superior Judge Charles about to sit down to dinner In the apartment. As had been his custom, McCoy said, he took from his pocket a ,32 automatic pistol and laid It on the table. Mrs. Mors was despondent, McCoy Said, and suddenly threatened to commit suicide. She grabbed : up a bread knife lying on the table and attempted to plunge it into her breast, McCoy said. He then grabbed her arms, the Kid stated, and in the tussle she received the cut on the wrist and on her lip. Mrs. Mors managed to get her left arm free, accor ling to McCoy, snatched the pistol from the table (Continued on Pago 3, Column 1) ' 3 :- ' S i ('.'. : . t ;J " ) j v;v:M I I 1 i More Than Fistic Glory at Stake Nozc I - .-;; - I I t ' , c If , . hi i ' ' , Three Views of The, large picture In the center shows Kid McCoy as he appears today awaiting trial on the. charge oi Killing wrs. Mora., xne upper - photo was taken the-day lie was arrested for the crime. A view of him at the height of his career twenty years ago is shown by the lower picture. ' ' HTRANGE PATTERNS WOVEN (J IN PSYCHIC FRAUD FABRIC I Dealings in Hypnosis and Dead Men's Wills Revealed in Tons of Seized Documents BY CILVRTjES SIiOAX Plans for distilleries in Mexico, deals in bat guano, real estate, copper minesoil stocks, dead men's wills; the obtaining . - . :a ,. of wealth by exertion of suggestion or hypnotic influence upon ers'; the wolf of greed in pastoral clothing; drugless healing and the practice of magic, black andtfhite ; the distortion of biblical truths into falsities of psychic commercialization; hyprocrisy supreme these are the geneses of a most remarkable-series of revelations uncovered by City -Prosecutor Friedlander and his aides after a month's investigation of tons of documents seized in recent raids on pseudo-spiritual organizations and practicing soothsayers in Los Angeles. J For It was Just one month ago today whne the City Prosecutor and 1 his Investigators, inspired by evl: I dence of fraud uncovered by Times reporters, trained their batteries! upon the psychic realm. The ob-i stacles they encountered, the fortresses of legal technicality and evasion which they overcame, the Intrenchments erected by a kindly State-for the Just protection of eccleslastlcallsm which they scaled and the No Man's Land -of Indifference with its barbed wire entanglements of religious -preju dice and asserted persecution which they crossed, make Trior than an Interesting story. CRESI'O IS TAUKTIVE It is a story not only of results, but of achievements In the getting thereof. It Is a story which per-haps will never be fully told, for Its lights .nd shadows are so many and the thread of Its structure so (Continued vu Pnge 7, Column 1) Norman Selby Pair Enjoys Car and Radio, qs Gifts of Charity Mil r if ' ' f I t XX l'T3 ?) ! I - v I ' ' - ' -- - a 14 - -. i c- -U"- I ivu. One couplo rye rrr f)M T lOQ AMfJI STREETS IS REVEALED AS HIGHLY LUCRATIVETRADE Per Couple Make $15 Day of - Three Hours, Police luAtip Dhrnfier J the cop and the ! The beggar judge on the bench another one I . jr. i . j ' i . The one says he has to make a j living and the other two say they have to enforce the law. Consider the lot, for instance, of the blind beggars of Los Angeles. Chased by the cop from po.t to pillar, Ut ken to court, warned or lined, and turned out ucain to be chased by the cop. until they have I not "whither'' to go nor where to j J lay their heads." ! And consider the lot of the con. i Ask any cop who pounds a beat in the downtown district : where the beggar finds his best pickings, and he will tU. you that about the most unpleasant chore he has to do is to arrest blind Or crippled persons for begging on the streets. If the city ordinance against begging is not enforced, complaints pour into headojuarters and the cop is called on the carpet. And as for the police judges? they will tell you it is not at all pleasant to have to sit on the bench and be forced to pass sentence on these unfortunates who do not heed previous warnings to stop begging on the streets. ! PUBLIC HOWL H1J VUD Aside from the" technical dereliction in the failure to enforce tuo law, experience has shown, the police and the courts point out, that if the word goes around among the "profession" that the bars are down in the city to professional beggars, the sidewalks become lined with beggai of all sorts. And then conies a howl from the public. -.-. ' The polnt'is that while the law probably rould aVford to wink at an isolated case or tvn. of a man or woman forced to "panhandle" on the streets to tide them over during a temporary financial setback, a real problem is confronted in the case of tho professional beggar who proposes to make his entire living by begging. Now, what kind of a living can a professional beggar make on the streets of Los Angeles? Judging from the persistency with whi.'h some of the "professionals" ply their trade on the city streets despite repeated and numerous arrests, warnings from the courts and even repeated fines in individual cases, there, must bo pome attraction to it. There Whs a case in Police Judge Pope's court some-days ago that threw an unusually interesting light on the lot of a blind couplo in Los Angeles who have been making their living by having the wife beg on the streets. They, are Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rider, who reside at the Wayne Hotel on East Fourth street, just below Main. AUXtESTED SIX TIMES The Riders came to Los Angeles from Cleveland with their 6-year- old daughter, Thelma, aoout aJ year ago. l ne.v roue in men own Ford sedan, driven by a second man whom they employed. Mrs. Rider used to sit on the sidewalk playing an organ depending upon donations from passers-by to make up the family Income. She says the police complained 'that' her organ caused crowds , to cotlect on the sidewalk iihd suggested, that if she could play some sort of an Instrument that she could carry and walk along the sidewalk, It wouldn't be so objectionable. This, she says, she did. substituting the guitar for the organ. According to tho records IS the Police Court, . Mrs. Rider was arrested on six different occasions beginning March,, 4, last,; for begging. On two occasions, the first time on-November 1 9 and the' sec ona time on iNovcmDer 24, sne w ned ,50 ln uei, .of which she w ond time on November 24, she was as , '"I M ' '' I ' M ' X - r '" ;. , - 1 ' I v . XX v V i" " " i ) V 'h, j J Tjrs-Tfr?"r rs'XC vrXX3 ana JVul. uer Kider Bnd Daughter haled btfoiti Jusilco Tope In var on If i That some professional t m a "day" of three hours on the streets of Los Angeles; j .that they ride in $1700 automobiles, hire assistants to J; .5 .watch for the police as they good furniture, diamond rings j, mmtc nA live in rnniHrahl J th thlnSs which haVe JUst W. .. .... ,f. mendicants in Police Court. Another novel revelation made in this peep behind the scenes is that there are good locations for begging,' exactly as there are for plying any other trade, and others where wise beggars willjiot "work" even though by so doing they could avoid arrest. . " What to do with the professional beggar is one of the things which this article does not purport to solve. to serve ten days in the City Jail. On the second occasion of the tine, Rider says It was two days before ho could raise the money to get his wife out of jail. CI.EHK TELLS STORY The clerk at the hotel where the IMders live, said that Hlder, in his; efforts to raise the money to pay. the' fine, gathered up his type-i writer, a ring or scarf pin, uud some other articles and went to; the pawnshops $vith them, lie returned, unsuccessful. Later, Rider said, he borrowed the money from a roomer in the hotel, The problem; now is,. he said, how to earn tho money to, return it, the police having put tho lid on their begging. "These people haven't got anything," said the hotel clerk, "they are even back ln their rent." - , The couple have two.roomv in the hotel. : ' Over in Police .Tudga Pope's court, where Mrs. 'Rider -was lined the lust two times of her six appearances In court, the following information was obtained: That Judge Pope informed the Rider couplo in detail on the city ordinance against begging on the streets and pointed out that there are places w here Mrs. Rider could stand on private property In front of a, large downtown building on a busy street and ba within the law. The Judge says Mrs. Rider said she didn't care t'i work there, FACTS BROUGHT OUT That a woman informed the court that she conducted Mrs. Rider to and from the hotel daily and stood watch for her to warn her of the approach of any policeman, and that for such services she was paid $3 a day. That prior to passing sentence on Mrs. Rider on the last occasion he summoned Mr. Rider before him and. based upon Information that had been given to him, he' asked the following questions and received from Rider the following replies: "You drovo to Los Angeles with a hired driver?" "Yes, we drove hero from Clove-land, O." "Did you live in an apartment for a time?" "Ves. we did." "I am informed that yon bought a radio set somo time ago for about $500." "(Yes, Your Honor, I guess that's correct." "I have been told that you bought a monkey. Is that true?" "Hut'that was eight months ago. Yes, eight months ugo I did buy a monkey." "Mow about a parrot?" t "Yes, I bought a parrot, and a canary, too." ADMITS DRINKING "I am Informed, Mr. Rider, that you have been spending considerable time drinking, and that on more than one occasion you appeared Intoxicated. Is that true?" "Well. I guess I have been drlnk- triendkuncy. a r tt 1 " : x Tl'III 1 . a II beggars make as high as $15 "work," buy $500 radio sets, . and costly musical instru stvlp thesft are some of COme t0 llght ,n the trials of J i . . t. .- r ing a little I guess I will have to admit that." "Now about this chiropractic school. I am informed that you enrolled there, but did not pursue th,e study. What is the fact about that?" . !"I enrolled there and went for some time, but I haven't been there for a few weeks. Not since thcbS lute arrests." "I urn informed that you bought j a new Bulck for $l"00." "Yes, that is true, but. you see. I haven't , paid for it all yet. I turned In the Ford sedan on the new one and am paying the rest in installments. I haven't had the! car out. lately. It is in the garage. ' ."Did you buy a new wach and a diamond ring?" "Yes.-' , : ."Did - you buy a roh-top desk for 41C5?" "Yes.-' "And a fan for $24?" "Yes.". , "And a player piano for $4857" "Yes." "And a steW banjo and a saxophone for $180?" "Ves." , "Is it true that last night or the night before you were Intoxicated in front of your hotel and an officer took you inside the hotel?" "Ves, 1 will have to admit that." V MAKES I5 A DAY "I want to ask you about your earnings on the street. It has been reported that you have ln tho past made between $300 and $400 a week. What is the fact?" "That is not true; W have nsv. er made that much ln one week. We don't make over $16 or $16 , day, and the biggest week was last Christmas when we- niado about $85." - - -' "How long do you work?" "About three hours." When discussing the matter at his rooms the other day, Rider said that their only pleasure comes from listening to the radio and taking a rtde.iti their automobile. Friends drive them about, he said. As for the player plHno, he said Mrs. Rider used It to play on so that she could learn by ear tunes to play on tho guitar. "Of course," he said, "we may have made some mist:ikes in buy- (Contlnueil on Pago 2, Column 4) V t s Fashioned in ! XV f pat.ent ! fff &e3 -satin Iff VeKet $660 CX-i 'Xm In Van Degrift's $6.60 line of shoes you find the very best in jstyle, "fit and quality that special factory connections can secure. All Regal Shoes are $6.60. V 752soirrnniLUrcer JOl SOUTH BRaUiVVAY lZ4WESTTHlRpJtoerf Harrv Carr Tarry V HE question of what to eat for breakfast once more agitates the world of life and letters. Whether you 'should Just peck at a piece of tvar and Inh&le the odors of a cup of oofTee; or cat a regular breakfast. In support of the plan to enough to keep the little !'f spark flickering until lunch time, .: a collector ha produces a letter from Charles Dickens to his wife: "We had." he wrcte, '-for breakf.-iat, toast, cakes, a Yorkshire pie, a piece of beef shout the stee of and much the ehape of my portmanteau, tea, coffee ham and eggs." Another letter from another literary man of ethereal and bird-like appetite George Borrow -indicates that Dickens only had a miserable starvling excuse for a breakfast. ' "Having dressed myself." writes Borrow. VI went down to the coffee room and sat down to breakfast We had a pot of hare, ditto of trout, pot of prepared ' ehr Imps, dish of plain shrimps, tin of sardines, beautiful beef steak, eggs, muffins, large loaf and butter, not forgetting the capital tea." A commentator add that this was not breaking fast; this wa- blowing It to smithereens: THUGS AXT GOTEX The Invasion of Los Angoies' by an - organized' company of armed runmen of the undr world suggests . the eiperien-i of MontreeL ! . Following ,tha hanging of three notorious thugs, one or the usual "Investigations" hms been made of the Montreal underworld. The Investigators we i appalled by what they found. Crime and vice are so powerfully organised that Montreal does not know whether to try I to fight-it out, or discreetly lower the lid and Ignore what th;. have found. REGISTER THE CROOKS Some day. the United Siaif will probably have to come t trie restricted , !!fe ci fnv.v and other continent! co-..rui-Over there, every one his . police card. It la like a pasepoi r It shows who you are; your ju - your comings and goinsa almost your life history. You have to register with the police when you leave 4wn; and when you arrive in anothci town. It's an Infernal nuisance t good people; but it makes life difficult for the bad ones. u would considerably cramp ti- (Continued on Page 2. Column 5 la- Standard 1 i

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