Daily Mirror Reader Survey

Oct. 13, 1944, Georgette Bauerdorf

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 you rather read?

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41 Responses to Daily Mirror Reader Survey

  1. Anthony says:

    The story sounds interesting, especially since it was never solved.


  2. I love the “Laura” posts, but I’d like to take a break to learn more about this unsolved murder.


  3. Chris says:

    Bauerdorf and/or more musings on Ellroy’s Laura.


  4. aryedirect says:

    This probably will be of no help, but I suggest that you do what drives you most. After all, it was your interests that brought us to you.


  5. juliemerholz says:

    Georgette Bauerdorf


  6. Kevin Tvedt says:

    The Georgette story sounds interesting. I’ve really enjoyed all the unsolved mysteries you’ve analysed. Now that the last child of Ned Doheny has died, Patrick Anson Doheny earlier this week, maybe someone will finally talk about the “real” story of Ned Doheny’s death. Another interesting unsolved murder is that of Paul Ivar. This was a double murder and suicide on 25 April 1935. No really famous people, but really intriguing circumstances. See http://wanderingboytonight.blogspot.com/2010/04/another-dead-gay-guy-part-two-hollywood.html. Thank you for your columns. Kevin Tvedt


  7. Gretchen says:

    The latter. I’m a bit of a murder buff — although I suppose that applies to “Laura” as well.


  8. Gary McVey says:

    “Laura” has been terrific, but Bauerdorf gets you back into your famed Dahlia groove.


  9. Sam Flowers says:

    Bauerdorf for sure.


  10. Carol Gwenn says:

    The “Laura” dissection has been great – am looking forward to more…BUT…it’s time for the late Miss Bauerdorf to get some attention: go for it!


  11. Warren says:

    It’s a very interesting case, I’d like to hear more about Bauerdorf.


  12. Jo Anne says:

    Miss Bauedorf


  13. Karen says:

    Bauerdorf case, please.


  14. Sheryl says:

    I think the Bauedorf case sounds fascinating – thanks for all you do.


  15. Gary Martin says:

    I’m still waiting to learn why they changed directors. Or did I miss an issue?


  16. McDee says:

    The Bauerdorf Case, please.


  17. dlhartzog says:

    Frankly, I’m happy to read whatever you post. The Laura posts (my favorite film) have been interesting and informative, and I love the mystery films.


  18. Lee Rivas says:

    Use your “Short” investigative skills on Miss Bauedorf, please. (pun intended)


  19. Riley says:

    Baeurdorf. I read about her and saw the photos, in GIlmore’s book “Severed” but I’m sure you will have more accurate information.


  20. I take the actual murder over the scripted one pretty much every time. Maybe leave us with a cliff hanger hiatus with Laura and revisit later.


  21. B.J. Merholz says:

    I don’t read the Laura stuff and I am irritated by the mis-labeling of every black and white crime movie of the Forties as film noir.


  22. E. Yarber says:

    My purely selfish first response is that I’m working on a novel and have been fascinated by such a detailed account of creative evolution as the Laura series. Since I’m not planning any unsolved murders, that subject is personally less helpful to me.

    Still, the majority of readers seem more interested in the latter and I suppose I should develop some outside interests before this manuscript swallows me like The Blob.


  23. LC says:

    Let’s hear more about Georgette Bauerdorf.


  24. Duane Laible says:



  25. B.J. Merholz says:

    Citing Paul Schrader once was enough, Larry. Taxi Driver, by he way, is a true film noir. I am, obviously, a classicist; and if you also wince at repeated misuses of facts and language, you know how I feel.


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    I’m leaning toward Ms. Bauerdorf


  27. Please finish the Laura series. It is a great in-depth look at one of my favorite films.


  28. Zabadu says:

    Bauerdorf. I’m not interested in Laura at all.


  29. Don Danard says:

    My vote – Ms/ Bauerdorf


  30. Wayne Selover says:

    You need to finish Laura. Don’t start a series and then just drop it!


  31. Bob Hansen says:

    I’m a little late, I guess. I prefer to read about “Laura”. I’ve always loved both the novel and the movie!


  32. RJ says:

    Do the killing.


  33. Bill Hillburg says:

    Bauerdorf. Also, you’re always congratulating folks who successfully solve your ptoto/movie mysteries, but where to you post the right answers? Ami I missing something?


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