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Who Shot Silent Film Director William Desmond Taylor?

A prolific director of silent films, William Desmond Taylor was found dead on February 2, 1922. Read more...

Gone Girl: The 1953 Disappearance of Stella Darlene Nolan

On June 20, 1953, Ilene Nolan reported the disappearance—and possible abduction—of her eight-year-old daughter, Stella Darlene, in a Daily Bulletin Read more...

Mother-in-Law Knows Murder: The Tragic Death of Olga Kupczyk

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “Ma” Duncan was a doting, hands-on mother. Maybe a little too hands-on, if the rumors that swirled around her were true. Read more...

Returning to the Scene of the Crime: Photos from Behind the Caution Tape

Pictures can be more reliable than most witnesses, after all Read more...

How Murderess Clara Phillips Became “Tiger Girl”

Love gone wrong turned a former chorus girl and film extra into a cold blooded killer. Read more...

A Story Fit for Film: Did Actress Madge Meredith Kidnap Her Manager?

Marjorie Massow was an Iowa City girl but she didn’t want to be one all of her life. She had big dreams, so she moved to Hollywood to make them come true. Read more...

The Life and Lies of L.A. Man Killer Louise Peete

By the time she was in her late 30s, Louise Peete had left a trail of shattered lives in her wake from Boston, Massachusetts, to Waco, Texas. Read more...

Coming Face-to-Face with the Night Stalker in Broad Daylight

It was a muggy day in late August 1985, when a creepy guy wearing a black Jack Daniels T-shirt and dirty jeans sidled up to the History Department desk, asking for books on torture and the occult Read more...

Thugs with Spoons: The Courtroom Assault of Sergeant Ned Lovretovich

On May 12, 1958, in Department 42 of the Hall of Justice, two punks from East L.A. were on trial for a murder committed during the course of a robbery. Read more...

She Went Out for Gas and Was Left for Dead: The Unsolved Story of Diane Sparks

It was Sunday, March 10, 1946, and Barbara Hensley, 11, Mary Young, 8, and a small terrier named Bozo walked to a spot near their homes for a picnic in Van Nuys. Read more...

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