LAPD Historical Society Artifacts on Display in Las Vegas Mar 3-4
LAPD Historical Society Museum artifacts spanning 100 years will be on display at the annual CHIA (California Homicide Investigators Association) Training Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The exhibit will be open to the public just two days, March 3 – 4. Click on below LAPDHS link for details and article, Homicides in LA History, written by LAPDHS Executive Director, Glynn Martin. Conference is being held at the Palms Casino and Resort. (Martin has also included a complimentary article on my Black Dahlia talk given at the museum on January 15, 2010.)
LAPD Museum Newsletter (click here)
L.A. Times article update 3.3.2010– LAPD Apologizes to Kennedy Family for Diplay of Exhibits
3.4.2010 OPEN LETTER from DA & LAPD CHIEF BECK
What is the appropriate time to wait before displaying articles in a homicide museum? No one wants to offend family sensibilities, however, RFK was slain in 1968. What about the Tate family? I notice that articles from the Manson killings were displayed. That occurred in 1969. Marilyn Monroe died, I believe, in 1963. These horrific crimes occurred over 40 years ago. If a member of my family had died in a crime committed in the jurisdiction of the LAPD and items from that investigation were displayed, would one phone call from a member of my family get these items removed. History is history. An appropriate length of time needs to be established and then family sensibilities need to be set aside for the sake of the history.
In my opinion, I think the key to your question rests in asking -What was the intent? A Homicide convention/training seminar in VEGA$ is a long ways from being a “historical museum.” To use artifacts from high-profile murder investigations in training is one thing, but to place them on public display, outside of a museum setting, is quite another. I was interested to read that items from the Black Dahlia investigation were also on display? If any of my readers visit the exhibit I would like to hear back as to what exactly was displayed? My guess is just photos, but maybe not? We have been told by LAPD that “all the Black Dahlia evidentiary items have disappeareed.”