Episode 40: Dollop: LAPD 2: James Davis Years

It’s really amazing how big of a part whores have played in history.


James “Two-Gun” Davis,  Chief of Police of Los Angeles twice (1926-31; 1933-39)

James Davis at findagrave, Glendale, CA

Davis was disgraced by the honey trap scandal, and again by his involvement in the Wineville Chickencoop Murders confusion. The Wineville story is one that has far-reaching tendrils; ever since I read a book about it last year, I keep running across its impact in the strangest places. I shall write more, and connect the dots, but, for now, the short version as it relates to Davis:

Gordon Northcott killed several boys, in collusion with his mother, with whom he had an incestuous relationship. Christine Collins’ son, a victim of the two, was returned to her, but she swore that the boy was not her son. Mrs. Collins was forced to enter an insane asylum, protesting all the while that she knew her son, and that kid was not her son–and he wasn’t. See how patterns repeat and repeat? I invoked Jack and Ruth Parsons and Frederic Bourdin, in just that two-sentence summary.

Davis was involved in that whole mess, and that’s how he lost the job of Chief a second time. He is played in the film version, Changeling, by Colm Feore, and poor Mrs. Collins by Angelina Jolie.

I promise, I will write another entry about the whole Northcott story. It connects to a lot of American history of this time and later, in ways I didn’t expect.

On to our Christ Chef:

Clifton’s Cafeteria’s official page: its story, with pictures

42: Clifton's postcardClifford Clinton at findagrave: LA

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City * John Buntin

Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles * Paul Lieberman

L.A. Confidential * James Ellroy

Perfidia * James Ellroy (Chief Davis is a minor character in this novel)

The Dust Bowl:

Buried machinery in a barn lot; Dallas, South Dakota, May 1936

Buried machinery in a barn lot; Dallas, South Dakota, May 1936

Of Mice and Men * John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath * John Steinbeck

Dust Storm in Rolla, Kansas, "05-06-35, Dear Mr. Roosevelt, Darkness came when it hit us."

Dust Storm in Rolla, Kansas, “05-06-35, Dear Mr. Roosevelt, Darkness came when it hit us.”

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

Bands from this episode:

  • Mile Away
  • Honey Trap
  • Golden Rule Cafe
  • Jerry Springer Theory
  • Christ Chef

next in series: LAPD: SWAT

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About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.