A scene from the play | O&M Co | 15147
A new play, “The twentieth century way” by Tom Jacobson is reviewed by The Daily Beast.
In 1914 the Long Beach Police Department recruited the services of two actors – one rugged, one more delicate – to act as bait to entrap men who had sex with men.
The actors recruited for the job were W.H. Warren and B.C. Brown.
The two would encourage their targets to show their penises through ‘glory holes’ between walls or stalls, after which they would score a cross on the men’s penises with a permanent marker. The men and their marked penises, indicative of their ‘guilt,’ would then be hauled down to the police station, and the men would be prosecuted for ‘social vagrancy.’