Crippled Lad Routs Would-Be Kidnapper

November 25, 1947
Los Angeles

16-year-old William Brooks Tissue was minding a used car lot for the owner when William F. Anserson, 25, asked Billy to show him what one of the cars could do. Once they were moving, Anderson produced a pistol and demanded the boy keep driving east. At 76th Street and Atlantic Ave., the brave youth ran the car up onto a curb and lunged for Anderson’s pistol. Anderson ran, and was quickly arrested on a charge of kidnapping and robbery by two police officers who witnessed the incident.

Brave Billy Tissue weighs just 110 pounds and wears steel leg braces following an attack of infantile paralysis in 1938.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Crippled Lad Routs Would-Be Kidnapper”

  1. Hi,

    Love love love the site…especially the photos showing the places…where can I find more info on the Pretty Please murder also is there a photo of the Georgette Bauerdorf apartment?? 🙂

  2. House Cites
    10 Film Men
    for Contempt

    Inquiry Committee
    Upheld in Search
    For Hollywood Reds

    By Lorania K. Francis
    Times Staff Correspondent

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24. Contempt citations against 10 Hollywood writers and directors were approved by the House today and speedy action before a Federal grand jury was predicted.

    The House voted 346 to 17 to uphold the Un-American Activities Committee in its charges that the Hollywood figures defied the committee by refusing to answer whether they belonged to the Communist Party. A roll-call vote was taken on the citation of Albert Maltz, author of “Destination Tokyo,â€Â and action on the others was taken by one standing vote and eight voice votes.

    The nine other witnesses, whose contempt citations have been turned over to the attorney general for reference to the United States attorney here, include Dalton Trumbo, who wrote the novel and screenplay “The Remarkable Andrewâ€Â and collaborated on the motion pictures “A Guy Named Joe and “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes.â€Â

    The others are:

    Samuel Ornitz—Movie writer since 1930 and author of “Hit Parade of 1937,â€Â “Two Wise Maidsâ€Â and “King of the Newsboys.â€Â

    Adrian Scott—Producer and Amherst graduate. He collaborated on such films as “Parson of Panamint,â€Â “Miss Susie Slagle’sâ€Â and “Cornered.â€Â

    John Howard Lawson—New York-born movie writer who once edited a newspaper in Rome. He wrote the dialogue for the film “Dynamiteâ€Â and the screenplays “Algiers,â€Â “Saharaâ€Â and Counterattack.â€Â

    Edward Dmytrk—Director of “Murder, My Sweetâ€Â and “Cornered.â€Â

    Lester Cole—Author of such movies as “If I Had a Million,â€Â “The Invisible Man Returns,â€Â “Night Plane for Chungkingâ€Â and “None Shall Escape.â€Â

    Alvah Bessie—After writing for New Masses, Scribner’s and Collier’s, Bessie turned to Hollywood.

    Herbert Biberman—Director of such motion pictures as “One Way Ticket,â€Â “Meet Nero Wolfeâ€Â and “the Master Race.â€Â

    Ring Lardner Jr.—Son of the famed sports writer. He wrote the Broadway play “Society Girlâ€Â and his pictures include “Manila Callingâ€Â and “Bermuda Mystery.â€Â

    + + +

    One Republican, Claude I. Bakewell of Missouri; Vito Marcantonio of the American Labor Party; and 15 Democrats voted against this measure: John Blatnik of Minnesota; Sol Bloom of New York; John A. Carroll of Colorado; Emmanuel Celler of New York; Helen Gahagan Douglas of California; Herman Eberharter of Pennsylvania; Franck Havenner of California; Chet Holifield of California; Walter Huber of Ohio; Frank Karsten of Missouri; Arthur G. Klein of New York; Thomas Ellsworth Morgan of Pennsylvania; Joseph Lawrence Pfeifer of New York; Adam Clayton Powell of New York; and George Gregory Sadowski of Michigan.

    Quote of the day: “Pretty please.â€Â
    What Minnie Chapman refused to say to her husband, George, while they were drinking—so he shot her to death. Chapman was sentenced to Pennsylvania’s electric chair in the “Pretty Please Murder.â€Â

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