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Archive for March 2010

Rest In Peace Rosco 1998-2010

Rosco, the much loved boxer dog, (whom many of you know from his having posed in photographs while reading all of my separate book translations) has passed on. Rosco died yesterday in Orange County. He was 12 years old. Rosco, was a warm and loving companion to my girlfriend, Roberta McCreary, who visited him frequently at her daughter’s family home in Orange County. Rosco…

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CBS2 / KCAL9 to Air Interview on 1971 LAPD Rodney Alcala Arrest

Monday, March 29, 2009 Los Angeles, California CBS2 KCAL9 veteran reporter, Stacey Butler interviews me tonight regarding the facts surrounding the 1968 child-rape and attempt murder of then 8-year-old, Tali Shapiro, as well as my 1971 follow-up arrest and extradition of Alcala, from Concord, New Hampshire. The interview is tentatively scheduled to air tonight, Monday, March 29, 2010 in the 8:00 p.m. PST,…

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            3.24.08  UPDATE-  SUPREME COURT STAYS TODAY’S TX EXECUTION SEE STORY                          ” The Innocence Project doesn’t represent Skinner, and we don’t know whether he is guilty or innocent. It is clear, however, that DNA testing should be conducted in Skinner’s case before he is executed.”                                                                                                   The Innocence Project   Texas Execution Set for Tomorrow…

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"The Blue Dahlia" – Was the 1946 Paramount film the real inspiration for Elizabeth Short’s Noir Sobriquet?

Just don’t get too complicated, Eddie. When a guy gets complicated he’s unhappy. And when he’s unhappy–his luck runs out…                                                                     –Raymond Chandler, The Blue Dahlia         Alan Ladd and Femme Fatale Veronica Lake in The Blue Dahlia  (1946) Q: Was the noir-film, The Blue Dahlia the inspiration for naming Elizabeth Short, “The Black Dahlia”? A: While…

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             March 11, 2010, Los Angeles                                                                              LEFT COAST CRIME’s annual convention opened yesterday at the Omni Hotel, at 2nd & Olive in downtown Los Angeles. The annual four day convention brings together mystery writers and readers from across the nation. This year’s Guest Of Honor is Jan Burke, an Edgar Award winner in the Best…

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1968 Hollywood 8-year-old Victim Testifies at Alcala Penalty Phase Hearing

“I’m sorry for my despicable behavior.”                                                                                    Rodney Alcala  (Above statement was reportedly made to victim, Tali Shapiro in today’s court hearing for raping and attempting to murder her when she was 8-years-old.) Tali Shapiro, now age 48, testified before the jury today at the penalty phase hearing which will decide whether convicted serial-killer, Rodney Alcala…

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LAPD Historical Society Artifacts on Display in Las Vegas Mar 3-4

LAPD Historical Society Museum artifacts spanning 100 years will be on display at the annual CHIA (California Homicide Investigators Association) Training Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exhibit will be open to the public just two days,  March 3 – 4.  Click on below LAPDHS link for details and article, Homicides in LA History, written by…

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