5841 S. Normandie, the site of the Club Mecca bombing, as photographed in 2007.
April 7, 1957, the Los Angeles Times publishes an extra on the Club Mecca firebombing.
The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, which has killed at least 24 people, evokes memories of the 1957 firebombing of the Club Mecca, at 5841 S. Normandie.
Here’s a blog post I wrote about the firebombing in 2007 when I was at the Los Angeles Times.
They were a six-pack of juiceheads, daddy-o. Human-torched by lowlifes that wildfired the imagination of young, L.A. bike-roaming James Ellroy, demon dogging the pulp novel city in type-O scarlet and memory napalm. Six juiceheads: That’s how they’re cast in our film noir tale about one of the biggest Los Angeles crimes of the 1950s. But it’s not that easy. History never is.