38th Anniversary of Veteran Actor Charles Wagenheim Hollywood Murder: A Bizarre “Zodiac” Connection That Spanned 27 Years

March 31, 2017
Los Angeles
This month marks the 38th anniversary of the murder of veteran actor, Charles Wagenheim, who was beaten to death in his Hollywood apartment on March 6, 1979.










Here is the “fact stranger than fiction” Wagenheim story that begins in 1952 and ends with my investigation and solving of his murder in 1979. From Most Evil II, Chapter 6:



























































































The Murder of Veteran Actor, Victor Kilian Just Five Days Later








Just five days after the murder of Charles Wagenheim, a second elderly well-known actor was murdered less than three miles away.  Victor Kilian, who resided in the legendary Lido Apartments (Pictured in The Eagles album cover for “Hotel California”), was also bludgeoned to death in his apartment. Here’s an LA Times article from back then, in which I informed the public “the two crimes were not connected”.

























  1. Wow Steve that is really interesting stuff. Did (do) you believe that the Killian murder was in fact unrelated? If so, did you ever have any theories as far as suspects, motive, etc? Obviously GHH was familiar with Wagenheim being the cinephile he was. If you had gone to work with GHH when he offered you a position in Manila, do you think he would have ever revealed (in his typically obtuse way) anything about his career as a killer to you? He really seemed to take a special (psychopathic) delight in your being a detective and he the monstrous serial killer. I admire you Steve, all of this musn’t be easy but as I’ve said before you are the only person alive to tell the tale of GHH and what a tale it is. CAN NOT WAIT for “The Early Years”.

    • Lucas: Yes, no connection between the known/identified Wagenheim suspect, Stephanie Boone and the Killian murder. Best guess was Killian’s killer was probably someone he invited home from a local bar. Those years attracted a lot of tough street type hustlers to Hollywood and he may well have become the victim of that type of predator. No, I’m sure dad would never have revealed his “night job” to me had I joined him in Manila. But, yes he did love the cat-and-mouse game and no question that being who he was it must have pleased him to no end to know that his son was a ‘big city homicide detective” at the same time he was committing his crimes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks for the kind words. Steve

  2. Charles Wagenheim was my Dad’s cousin. A few years before he died, I .flew from NJ to California and he took me to lunch. A very nice man…

    • Hi Kal: An amazing body of work he left us over his fifty plus years of acting. He was there almost from the start. I’m sure he was a remarkable individual off-screen too. Nice that you had a chance to meet in person. May he rest in peace. Best, Steve.

  3. Wendy Collins says:

    What ever happened to Stephanie Boone? Where is she now?

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