July 28, 1962: Youth Shot to Death in Van Nuys Apartment


Clearly, there was crime and murder in Van Nuys in 1962. In great staccato shorthand a woman is described as "a 22-year-old divorcee and dime store manager" (doesn't that say it all). Divorced and managing a dime store. Things could be worse at 22. Miss Colleen K. Mitzel was alone, in her apartment, and called police from…

Stop, Thief!


Yesterday, around Noon, I went to meet my brother for lunch near his office at LaBrea and Wilshire. I was early. We weren’t meeting until 1pm so I took a walk along the south side of Wilshire heading west, passing Detroit, Cloverdale and S. Cochran. On the north side of Wilshire, I saw a middle-aged…

Some Morning Excitement.


Just some normal Saturday morning excitement of leaving to go to the gym at 8am and witnessing three Latinos running from a home they had just burglarized. LAPD showed up within minutes, along with helicopters. The suspect(s) were caught near Van Nuys Boulevard. After I took these photos, I was walking near a neighbor's home…