“Real Life Film Noir”: Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives
Forensic detail of bullet holes in a car window – 1942
Warning: this gallery contains images some people may find distressing.
Crime scene photographs shot by Los Angeles police officers in the line of duty between 1925 and the 1970s are on show at the city’s Lucie Foundation. More than 80 images are on display, drawn from the thousands discovered in a warehouse in 2000 by the fototeka Gallery.
A jewellery store robbery that resulted in the death of a bystander – 1932
A body under a bridge over the LA River as police investigate – 1955
Woman under arrest – 1952
Robbery demand note – 1965
A booking photograph of a vagrant in the early 1930s
Detectives calculating the trajectory of a bullet – 1934
An assault victim poses for the camera – 1934. The photograph is now known as the Chinatown photo, after the film
Two men murdered in prohibition-era dispute
A cuffed perpetrator – 1952
Re-enactment of the “onion field murder”, in which two police officers were kidnapped – one officer was shot, and died, and the other escaped – 1963
Dead body laying on the ground with gun at side – 1926