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Deranged L.A. Crimes
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 · 7:00 PM PST
    There is always some madness in love.
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche

    On the evening of August 22, 1922, at about 10:30 pm, Fred Oesterreich and his wife Walburga, nicknamed Dolly, returned to their home at 858 North La Fayette Place after visiting friend...
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 · 7:30 PM PST
    Can a hairstyle impact history? No other hairstyle in modern times has caused more controversy than the bob. When popular ballroom-dancer Irene Castle bobbed her hair in 1914, she started something that wasn’t merely a whim of fashion–she started ...
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 · 7:00 PM PST
    On January 15, 1947, Betty Bersinger, a Leimert Park homemaker, found the body of a young woman in the weeds of a vacant lot on S. Norton Avenue.

    The woman was nude, bisected and obscenely posed. Within a few days the victim was identified as tw...
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST
    In 1930, Clara Bow fired her secretary, Daisy De Voe, for theft. The former secretary attempted to use her insider knowledge of Clara’s private life to extort money from the actress; but she didn’t know much worth reporting. Clara liked to party, ...
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST

    On December 15, 1927, twelve-year-old Marion Parker, daughter of Perry Parker a prominent banker, was abducted from Mt. Vernon Junior High School.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST
    Norris Stensland was a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from the early 1920s until his retirement in 1951. During those three decades, he worked on many of the most sensational crimes in county history.

    The bespectacled la...
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST
    What is it about Los Angeles that brings out the evil in a woman? Crime writer Raymond Chandler speculated that a local weather phenomenon could cause a woman to contemplate murder:

    "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of t...
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST
    In October 1926, Agness 'Aggie' Underwood began her newspaper career as the temporary switchboard operator at the Los Angeles Record. It was at the Record that Aggie learned the newspaper business. She was a quick study and worked hard at any tas...
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 · 7:00 PM PST
    Louise Peete had a sketchy past. Acquitted of murder in Texas, she sought a fresh start in Los Angeles. In 1920, Louise met wealthy middle-aged mining executive Jacob Denton. Jacob was a widower, having lost both his wife and child in the recent i...
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