This event became bigger than life, a scandalous affair, a murder, the young beautiful secretary Carole, her body builder husband James, the rich doctor Bernard Finch, the socialite wife Barbara Finch hob nobbing with her Hollywood actor friends, money, greed and an obvious display of narcissistic personalities - this story had the perfect ingredients for captivating a world audience back in 1959 through the early 60's, and it certainly did that. Even the producers and writers for Perry Mason would attend the trial to inspire ideas for Perry Mason episodes. America gave the trial the Hollywood treatment.
Celebrities would attend to keep that circle of intrigue going. The trial took on a life of it's own, a tabloid drenched media circus... Carole certainly worked the media as much as she could - you will notice that quite a few press photo's were definitely staged. As a young aspiring model - this was her time to work it in front of the cameras with her variety of fashion and hair styles during the pre-liminary hearings. However, once the trials started - all you saw her in were those 2 plaid dresses. After combing through press - photographs of Carole Tregoff - I would bet that she was more than likely photographed more times than Jackie Kennedy, my guess.
This is a compilation only, I take no credit for any of the editorial or photography, aside from the YOUTUBE pieces I did that are somewhat of a parody, I just wanted to consolidate all that I could here. This blog contains photography from LIFE Magazine (photographed by Ralph Crane), L.A. Times, UPI and AP with editorial from LIFE, TIME and local newspapers, mostly the Los Angeles Times and Mirror. There are 4 pages with over 130 post's - be sure to view them all.
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