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    CA - Karen Hamilton, 23, Los Angeles, 2 Sept 1969

    Hello all, I was wondering if there is anyone here who could try to get a copy of the police report for the suicide of Karen Sue Hamilton. She was Playmate of the month for April1965, acted in a couple of the Beach Party movies, is becoming big in the modeling world, and then in 1969 was supposed to have committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest.

    The official report is that on September 2nd or 3rd of 1969 she dies at age 23, at 1:40 a.m., at 2465 North Gower Street in Los Angeles, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

    Always thought there was something not quite right about this so I am hoping to be able to see the police report. Thanks

    Rich

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    Welcome to Websleuths, RichSad!!!

    How to make a Public Records Act Request

    A public records request for information from the Los Angeles Police Department can be started by contacting the Los Angeles Police Department Discovery Section at 213-978-2100.

    You will want to include the following information to ensure the scope of the request is understood and clear enough for personnel to determine if we have the records you are requesting.


    • The date(s) of the record
    • The subject of the record
    • A clear and specific description of the record
    • Any additional information that helps staff identify the record
    • Your complete contact information, so that we may notify you when your request is available

    Prompt access to public records is required by the CPRA (Government Code 6253). The 10– day period mentioned in the act is not a legal deadline for producing records. The 10-days allows the agency to review records, if it is not clear that they are public records. As soon as a determination is made, it will be at that time the records shall be released.

    The rights under the CPRA provide for the inspection of public records or to obtain copies of identifiable records, it does not compel the agency to create lists or reports in response to the request.

    Under Government Code 6253(b), Agencies may charge for the "direct costs" for providing copies of an identifiable record.
    This is where you want to start. Since it was categorized as a suicide, the case is closed. You may have a better chance of actually obtaining the record then if the case is open. Records requests can be denied for specific reasons.

    Here are the exemptions to the open records law:

    Identifying juvenile information
    Identifying victim information associated with crimes to Penal Code Sections 261,264,264.1,273a,273d,286,288 or 289
    Identifying confidential informant information
    Criminal offender record information
    Information that may endanger the safety of a witness or the other person Information that may jeopardize an investigation, related investigation or law enforcement proceeding
    Any portion of the report that reflects analysis, recommendation or conclusion of the investigating officer
    Information that may disclose investigative techniques
    Information that may deprive a person of a fair trial
    Preliminary drafts, notes, or memorandums which are not retained in the ordinary course of business
    Records pertaining to pending litigation to which the city is a party until the litigation is adjudicated or settled Personnel, medical or similar files.
    Good Luck with your request!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichSad View Post
    Hello all, I was wondering if there is anyone here who could try to get a copy of the police report for the suicide of Karen Sue Hamilton. She was Playmate of the month for April1965, acted in a couple of the Beach Party movies, is becoming big in the modeling world, and then in 1969 was supposed to have committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest.

    The official report is that on September 2nd or 3rd of 1969 she dies at age 23, at 1:40 a.m., at 2465 North Gower Street in Los Angeles, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

    Always thought there was something not quite right about this so I am hoping to be able to see the police report. Thanks

    Rich
    Do you have a connection to this case- or are you just driven by curiosity, like most of us?? Oh, and welcome to WS!!
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    Driven by curiosity

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    Thanks for the info belive09



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