Angel Garcia’s Last Dive

July 31, 1947

Tongues are wagging over reports that earlier this week in Acapulco, Johnny Weissmuller’s stunt double Angel Garcia was killed when waves dashed him back against the base of the cliff from which he had just executed a spectacular high dive for the production Tarzan and the Mermaids.

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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.

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  1. Angry British
    Kill Five Jews
    in Tel Aviv Riot

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 1. (Friday) U.P.—Angry Britons, enraged by the underground hanging of two British sergeants, ran riot in the all-Jewish city of Tel Aviv last night, killing at least five Jews and injuring scores with bullets, bombs and bare fists.

    British High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham reportedly had warned Jewish representatives that they must stamp out terrorism or face the consequences, but the British rank and file was tired of waiting for the Jews to set their own house in order.

    Shot to Death

    The dead—four men and one woman—fell under a hail of machine gun bullets from police armored cars, which sprayed two buses and street crowds. An undetermined number of passersby, including an 8-year-old child, were injured in the shooting.

    Many others were hurt when 40 men in civilian clothes, described as British, overran three cafes near the city’s sea beach, assaulting customers, smashing furniture and breaking windows.

    The Jewish crowds fought back as best they could, and in several instances succeeded in disarming the attackers.

    Bodies Discovered

    The British outbreak followed the discovery yesterday of the hanged bodies of two British sergeants, Mervin Paice, 19, and Clifford Martin, 21, who had been killed by the Irgun Zvai Leumi underground in retaliation for the execution by the British of three young Irgunists.

    The two Britishers were dangling from a eucalyptus tree near the diamond center of Nathanya, where they were kidnapped early last month. One of the bodies had been booby trapped with an explosive charge which shattered the corpse as soon as a rescuer touched it.

    Jewish Leader Here
    Hits Interception of Ship

    Interception of the refugee ship Exodus 1947 by the British destroyers outside the territorial waters of Palestine yesterday was condemned as “piracyâ€Â by Ben Rosenthal, president of the Southern California division of the American Jewish Congress.

    He declared that the death of William Bernstein, San Francisco seaman who was killed in the fight that developed, was “murder on the high seas,â€Â and called on the State Department to send a protest to the British government.

    Los Angeles Times, Aug. 1, 1947


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