VIDEO – LAPD’s Notorious Evidence Vault

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“The three floors near the top of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building in downtown Los Angeles, domain of the district attorney’s office, house a cache of mementos, evidence from prominent trials and even artwork... Two floors below is a locked walk-in closet officially known as the Historical Vault. It’s the repository for evidence collected in some of the county’s most infamous cases, many of which have been the subjects of books and movies. 

Plain brown boxes hold photographs, transcripts and other details of such cases as the murder of Elizabeth Short, dubbed the Black Dahlia after her bisected body was found in a vacant Los Angeles lot in 1947. Other boxes are dedicated to the case of wife-killer L. Ewing Scott, who in 1957 was the first person convicted of murder in California without a body having been found, and to preserving the details of the death Marilyn Monroe in 1962.

One of the items is a suitcase that had belonged to pop singer Michael Jackson. The label said it contains “numerous books, 2 pairs of Reebok shoes, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair underwear, $1, tube hair-straightener.” Yet another box contains the bloodstained navy blue suit jacket (minus a sleeve) and trousers and other clothes that U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was wearing when he was shot to death at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. Mass murderer Charles Manson’s records and evidence also are boxed up here, including two murder weapons and two mannequins used at the trial to show victims’ wounds.” (SOURCE)

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