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Old Posted Dec 28, 2014, 11:46 PM
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I recently came across this photograph showing the location of the infamous hammer slaying of 1922.


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I wonder who the woman is..... Clara, the murder suspect, or Peggy, the witness?

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The following is an excerpt from http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/h...me-tiger-girl/

After purchasing a 15-cent hammer from a local five-and dime, Clara Phillips, a former chorus girl and film extra, spent the afternoon in a Long Beach speakeasy with a friend,
another ex-chorine, Peggy Caffee. Clara told Peggy she had recently heard a rumor that her husband, Armour, was having an affair with an attractive widow, Alberta Meadows.
By the end of the day, Clara had formulated a plan to eliminate her rival.

Fabricating a story of needing a lift, Clara and Peggy caught a ride with the unsuspecting Alberta. On a secluded stretch of Montecito Drive, Clara asked Alberta to pull over for a private conversation; she then brought down the 15-cent hammer on Alberta's head and battered her until the weapon broke. For the coup-de-grace Clara rolled a 50-lb. boulder onto her victim's chest. Peggy witnessed the horrific murder from the car.



below: Here's poor Alberta Meadows (note the boulder beside her)


[Courtesy of UCLA] http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/#images


...and here's Clara, shortly after her arrest. (I first posted this mug-shot back in Sept. of 2012)

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On Dec. 5, 1922, she escaped from Los Angeles County Jail.
She was eventually found in Honduras....extradited....and sent to San Quentin for 13 years.
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I've often wondered where on Montecito Drive the murder took place.
Despite being in close proximity to downtown L.A., the drive still has it's 'lonely' spots and 'noirish' views.


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