Letters to the Editor

What kind of car was involved
in that homicide investigation?

The previous issue (January-February) of Evidence Technology Magazine, had a Crime Scene Revisited article that showed officers from the Los Angeles (California) Police Department removing a corpse from an automobile. The photos were taken by photographer James R. Pelton, probably in 1945. Studying the photos revealed a lot of information—but we were stumped as to the make or model of the car. We asked for some ideas from our readership. And here are a few of the replies:

Your magazine claims that the car has a WK insignia or logo on the back. I think it means Willys-Knight.
Constable Richard G. Wells
Flint, Michigan

The car is a Willys-Knight, probably a 1927 or 1928 model. The article mentions “Pico Boulevard”...but the E.W. Ralston Nash Dealership (shown in the background of the photo) was at 9825 Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Sergeant Robert Herndon
Huron (California) Police Department

I think the vehicle is a Willys-Knight from the 1930s. Found it on eBay.
Ronald P. Kaufman
Forensic Chemistry Supervisor
Crime Laboratory
Maine State Police

The photo of the car in the homicide investigation picture would be a late 1920s or early 1930s Willys-Knight. Excellent article.
Bruce W. Whittaker
Department of Homeland Security

I believe the automobile in question is either a 1927 or 1929 Willys-Knight Model 70A. In fact, I am pretty sure it is a 1929. We had one in the family for a little while. It’s a great series of photographs.
Dave Doglietto
Investigator
CCSI

Police Specialist Randy Hoffman of the Penn State University Police pointed out that our graphic artist did a poor job of showing the WK logo in the photo. Here it is (above) the way we should have shown it: with an enlarged version of the spare tire. To view a higher resolution version of this photo and to see more of the photographer’s work, go to: www.PeltonPhotography.com


ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED:
"Letters to the Editor"
March-April 2009 (Volume 7, Number 2)
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