Murder in Hollywood

Murder in Hollywood

Solving A Silent Screen Mystery

eBook - 2004
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For more than eighty years, the famous unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor, the legendary bisexual film director, has generated debate and controversy. Now, best-selling author Charles Higham has solved the crime. Higham uncovers the corruption and intrigue of Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties--and the film industry moguls' complete domination of the city's authorities.
When it was discovered that a famous star of the day had probably killed Taylor, a massive cover-up began--from the removal of crucial evidence to the naming of innocent people as killers--which has continued until now to protect the truth. Murder in Hollywood goes beyond the killing to unearth unknown details about the life of Taylor before his arrival in Hollywood, as well as the stories and histories buried by the crooked authorities and criminals involved the case. The author's exclusive interviews with the culpable star, his unique possession of long-vanished police records, and the support of the present-day Los Angeles county coroner--who examined the evidence as if the murder had taken place now--have ensured a hair-raising thriller.
Charles Higham successfully presents the most plausible and convincing solution yet to the mystery. In the process he paints a vivid portrait of Hollywood in the 1920s--from its major stars to its bisexual subculture. The result is a compelling answer to a long-standing mystery and a fascinating study of a place, and an industry that, as today, let people reinvent themselves. Murder in Hollywood is more extraordinary than any crime of fiction and more exciting than any action adventure movie.
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : Terrace Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780299203634
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 17, 2016

6 out of 10. Not sure that I completely buy the arguments set forth for who the killer is, but it was interesting

Dec 02, 2012

Essential reading for anyone interested in the William Desmond Taylor murder case. Doesn't have the same swift, entertaining pacing of the also excellent "A Cast of Killers" (nor does it come to the same conclusion as that book), and at times the flow of Higham's writing style falters and becomes slightly belabored. However, it is clear that the author investigated the case at great depth, and puts forward a persuasive argument for his entirely logical, intelligent conclusions. Interested parties are also referred to the monumental research by Bruce Long, author of Taylorology, whom Higham also credits as one of his primary sources. Highly recommended.


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