“Attic Man”: The 1920s Murder That Shocked Los Angeles

Behind a Fatal House “Robbery” Was a Torrid Love Triangle

When the Los Angeles police showed up at the large house at 858 North Andrews Boulevard on the hot summer night of August 22, 1922, answering a neighbor’s call of hearing gunshots and a woman’s frantic cries, they found the man of the house, rich businessman Fred Oesterreich, lying on the floor, shot dead.

Locked in a closet from the outside was his younger wife, Dolly Oesterreich. When police freed her, she told of a strange man who broke into the house…