Category Archives: Homicide

Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 7

  Georgette Bauerdorf found dead, Oct. 13, 1944, Los Angeles Times. Oct. 13, 1944 This account has been assembled from newspaper stories that generally agree, but contradict one another on some details. Newspapers of this era often published long excerpts … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 4

Jan. 23, 1947: The Herald-Express publishes an article headlined “Werewolves Leave Trail of Women Murders in L.A.” (The obnoxious watermark is so that people who see this image after it has been swiped by Pinterest, skyscraper.com and all the Black … Continue reading

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Wealthy Carmel Woman, 37, Accused in Love Slaying of Ranch Hand, 19

Oct. 3, 1944 The sensational trial of Frances Andrews, 37, in the shooting death of Jay Lovett, 19, prompts a crackpot confession letter (a popular pastime in the 1940s, as found in the Black Dahlia case).  This one included receipts … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 2

The crime scene, 8493 Fountain Ave., via The Times Mapping L.A. Project. Surveys have shown that most L.A. Daily Mirror readers live in Los Angeles or at least in Southern California, so the majority will already know this. I’m including … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 1

The unrecommended reading list. Not shown: Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service,” Howard Blum’s “American Lightning,” Wikipedia, etc. These are curious times to be a diligent researcher in Los Angeles history. There is more of Los … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Reader Survey — Georgette Bauerdorf (Updated)

Georgette Bauerdorf, from the New York Sun, Oct. 13, 1944, via Fultonhistory.com. In the readers’ choice between “Laura” and Georgette Bauerdorf, the response has been almost universal in favor of looking into the Bauerdorf killing of October 1944. As longtime … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Reader Survey

Here’s a quick question as we head into October: I can keep doing the posts on the making of “Laura.” Or I can cover the unsolved killing of Georgette Bauerdorf (Oct. 13, 1944). But I cannot do both. Which would … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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Dead Man’s Last Words: ‘Here’s a Good Spot to Shoot, Baby,’ July 25, 1944

“Here’s a good spot to shoot, baby” are the probably the last words spoken by William B. Smith, 39, a dental technician (or a shipyard worker, depending on the story) who was confronted by his angry girlfriend, waitress Mildred Cook, … Continue reading

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Out of the Past: An LAPD Cold Case From 1948

The northwest corner of Central and Manchester avenues, as shown on Google Earth. Notice the alley behind the stores. In nine years of blogging about Los Angeles, I have learned that families often launder the past and, understandably, murder is … Continue reading

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LAPD Officer Accused of Hitting Handcuffed Prisoner, March 5, 1914

March 5, 1914: Spring training! I jumped back to 1914 to see if I could find out anything about the Police Commissions order against non-Asian women in Oriental cafes. No luck, alas, but I did find a couple of goodies. … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 4

Aug. 26, 1946: Harvey Glatman is arraigned, published in the Knickerbocker News of Albany, N.Y. In case you just tuned in, I did quite a bit of research on the early years of serial killer Harvey M. Glatman for an … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 3

The story so far: In the summer of 1946, Ophelia Glatman received permission from the Colorado courts to take her son, Harvey, to stay with relatives named Feldman in New York. Harvey Glatman had been arrested in Colorado in 1945 … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 2

Aug. 26, 1946: Harvey Glatman is arraigned on robbery charges in Albany, N.Y. When he was still a teenager, Harvey Glatman was already displaying the behavior that led to the deaths of three Southern California women in the 1950s and … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part I

Aug. 27, 1946: Harvey Glatman in the Yonkers, N.Y., Herald Statesman. Whenever I am contacted by TV producers about appearing on a crime show, I always caution them that I’m a specialist not a generalist. I don’t do Sal Mineo, … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Slaughter at Bob’s Big Boy, Part II

1980 was a bloody year in Los Angeles, with more than 1,000 killings for the first time in its history. For the LAPD, homicides increased 30% from 1979 to 1,038 in 1980.  The Sheriff’s Department also a reported a 7.9% … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Slaughter at Bob’s Big Boy

  Suspect 1, DR-80-585-895 Suspect 2, DR-80-585-895 Dec. 14, 1980: The takeover robbery of Bob’s Big Boy at 1845 S. La Cienega Blvd. was part of a rising tide of violence in the 1980s. As The Times noted, “the latest … Continue reading

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The Santa Claus Massacre

Last night at work, we got to talking about the Bruce Pardo case. He’s the man who dressed up as Santa Claus and killed nine people, including his ex-wife, at a Christmas Eve party in 2009. Here’s the story by … Continue reading

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‘I Took the Gun and Shot Him Once in the Leg, Just for Fun’

Maybe it was murder. Maybe it never happened at all. Was she telling the truth or was it all a lie? Early on the morning of Nov. 20, 1953, acting on a tip, LAPD Detectives John Olsen and P.R. Brooks … Continue reading

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Millennial Moment: Man Killed in Toilet Tank Murder

Starting tomorrow: “Silkwood.” At 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 1983, a maid cleaning rooms at the Inn at Laguna on Coast Highway found the body of Ronald Jay Murphy. Murphy, 22, who worked for an oil company in Santa … Continue reading

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