November 30, 2016
Big-time kudos to my twenty-eight fellow LA-contributors, and our editor, David Kukoff as Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine, (Rare Bird Books 2016) this week is ranked as the #1 bestseller at Hollywood’s Book Soup Books.
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The anthology contains twenty-nine short stories and essays recalling each author’s reflections of that time. I chose to write on one of my early real-life murder investigations while working as a young homicide detective out of LAPDs Hollywood Division.
Great fun writing on something other than “my family’s history.” Nice change of pace. This “just the facts” murder was a prime example of why I loved and stayed working Hollywood cases. It involved a real life Femme Fatale, kidnapping out of state, swinging sex, and one very mean and pissed off rattlesnake. I have attached an excerpt from the first few pages. (See below)
By the close of the 1970s the homicide rate in Hollywood had risen so dramatically that one local newspaper cartoonist offered this perspective.