DAUGHTER OF CONFEDERACY “WINNIE” DAVIS | LOS ANGELES ACTRESS “NELLIE” DAVIS
SOUTHLAND is a history of Los Angeles before the birth of Hollywood. It is also a non-fiction crime noir that lives up to the sprawling city’s reputation for aliases and intrigue. Facts close in on 6,656 acres of paradise known today as the star-studded L.A. town of Pacific Palisades. On New Year’s weekend in 1910 the matron of the first family of European heritage to settle the seacoast land, plus her family, 13 victims in all, were poisoned by pears near the Los Angeles U.S. Old Soldiers Home. Gathering evidence culled from the far corners of the archives, presenting primary material not previously admitted into evidence, SOUTHLAND shows how the Garcias were victims of a scheme cooked up by the founders of a local land company and points a finger at dissembling children of Jefferson Davis “buried” in Hollywood Cemetery.
(Top)–Coverage of Sawtelle Tragedy in January 5, 1910 Los Angeles Herald