From the Archives Long Beach man acquitted in sensational 1914 ‘social vagrancy’ trial
Herbert N. Lowe, a florist charged following an undercover operation targeting gay men in Long Beach, was acquitted after a trial that drew large crowds. Lowe was among 31 alleged members of two private Long Beach clubs, the 606 Club and the 96 Club, who were arrested and accused of “social vagrancy” and gay sex. Lowe’s attorney told the jury that the hands of undercover Long Beach vice officers W.H. Warren and B.C. were “dripping with the blood of John Lamb,” who killed himself after being arrested in the police raids and having his name published in The Times.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12, 1914