“Real Life Film Noir”: Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Forensic detail of bullet holes in a car window – 1942
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

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.

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A jewellery store robbery that resulted in the death of a bystander – 1932
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

A body under a bridge over the LA River as police investigate – 1955
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Woman under arrest – 1952
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Robbery demand note – 1965
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

A booking photograph of a vagrant in the early 1930s
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Detectives calculating the trajectory of a bullet – 1934
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

An assault victim poses for the camera – 1934. The photograph is now known as the Chinatown photo, after the film
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Two men murdered in prohibition-era dispute
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

A cuffed perpetrator – 1952
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

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
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

Dead body laying on the ground with gun at side – 1926
"Real Life Film Noir": Vintage Crime Scenes From The LAPD Archives

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