April 9th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1971, John Shelby Burrows, 58, of 1201 Marlin Avenue, was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison after pleading guilty for the murder of Claude LaBean, 39, of 459 Galleon Way.

The murder occurred at the Red Candle Bar in the Seal Beach Shopping Center on Pacific Coast Highway after Burrows had been escorted out of the bar by LaBean and another man after a barroom brawl. Burrows returned to the bar twenty minutes later after retrieving  a .38 pistol from home.and shot LaBean three times in the chest as he was leaving through the rear exit. Burrows then re-entered the Red Candle where bar patron disarmed him. Burrows then fled the scene and was arrested a short time later a block from his home by Seal Beach Police.

– Michael Dobkins

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2 Responses to April 9th in Seal Beach History

  1. Carla watson says:

    We lived in town at that time, but forgot all about that incident.


  2. Anonymous says:

    It was not the Red Candle Bar. It was the Red Velvet Inn. It was in the shopping center where the Pavilions is now located, Approximate location is where Coaches is today. How do I know? I lived across the street from Mr. Burrows and still live at the same address. He had a political argument in the bar with someone and went home and got a gun, went back and found the bartender in the parking lot that broke up the fight between him and the individual who he had the argument with. He shot the bartender in the parking lot. Karen Russell


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