Monthly Archives: January 2019

Black Dahlia: Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) Star Reporter of ‘I Am the Night’

I already posted this on Twitter, but here it is for the Daily Mirror readers. Sam Sheridan’s portrayal of hotshot/disgraced reporter Jay Singletary (a tousled Chris Pine, who loses his shirt a lot) is utter b.s. Here’s why: Jay’s backstory … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel, Steve Hodel and Public Records

I have already shared this on Twitter but I thought I would post it here as well. This is an example of Steve Hodel’s amazing detective work on his father, Dr. George Hodel. Steve evidently cannot tell when he is … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Wikipedia, George Hodel and ‘I Am the Night’

If you’re watching “I Am the Night”  on TNT, you may be tempted to read the Wikipedia entry on “evil” Dr. George Hodel. Here are a few warnings:

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Gypsy Rose Lee and ‘The G-String Murders’

Photo: Barbara Stanwyck in “Lady of Burlesque.” This is an encore post from 2012. See note below for correction. While being tops in your field can be exciting, an ambitious or intellectually curious person always looks for new ways to … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 MGM film “Du Barry Was a Lady,” with Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O’Brien, “Rags” Ragland, Zero Mostel, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Donald Meek, Douglass Dumbrille, George Givot and Louise … Continue reading

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Jan. 25, 1959: Boys Admit Burning Baby to Death on Stove

Jan. 25, 1959: Do remind me that the past was “a kinder, simpler time.” I think not. Absolutely horrific.. The entire post originally appeared on latimes.com and is available via Archive.org.

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Jan. 24, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘The Business of Sex’

Jan. 24, 1959: Matt Weinstock has an item on an Edward R. Murrow broadcast “The Business of Sex.” Murrow said that “For Los Angeles, even though the arrest figure was 212 for the year 1957, the estimates varied from 3,000 … Continue reading

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Jan. 24, 1959: Law Delays ‘Alfalfa’ Burial

Jan. 24, 1959: One of the best parts of doing the blog at latimes.com was having UCLA and Cal State Northridge interns who, among other tasks, transcribed the Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock columns. Sometimes I transcribed them myself (this … Continue reading

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Jan. 24, 1969: Ghosts of Wrigley Field

Keith Thursby says: John Hall wrote a couple of columns bidding farewell to Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field. “It was another time, another place. It was Wrigley Field, 1925-1969, may it rest in peace. The demolition crews are at work and … Continue reading

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Jan. 23, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Money Well Spent’

Jan. 23, 1959: Matt Weinstock covers a speech by Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Ernest K. Lindley. “Foreign aid is the best money we spend to hold off communism,” Lindley said. The best way to get from Westwood to Burbank by … Continue reading

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Jan. 23, 1959: Paul Coates — A Plethora of Ceremonial Plaques

Jan. 23, 1959: Paul Coates is all (or mostly) in favor of ceremonial honors. On the jump, Bobbie Long is found strangled with a nylon stocking a few feet off a dirt road that runs off Don Julian Road between … Continue reading

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January 1959: The LAPD’s Pandora Files

This was a fun post on Pandora’s (later Pandora’s Box), 8118 Sunset Blvd., that I completely forgot. The material is in the agenda packets of the Police Commission. The club was under the jurisdiction of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division Vice … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1959: Paul Coates on Another Claim to ‘The Brave One’

Jan. 22, 1959: Dalton Trumo (blacklisted and using the name Robert Rich) wrote the script for “The Brave One,” but there was a claim by the widow of Juan Duval. The previous entry is here. Coates’ column was published in … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Common Myths About the Black Dahlia and Their Origins

The FBI file perpetuates the error that Elizabeth Short’s middle name was “Ann.” She had no middle name. Note: This item was originally posted on lmharnisch.com in 2005. Here’s a quick guide to the most frequent errors made in writing … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1969: Lee Meyers Hoping for a Comeback With the Royals

Keith Thursby has the story of baseball player Lee Meyers, who was was making a comeback, hoping to get a job with the first-year Kansas City Royals. Meyers was married to Mamie Van Doren (1966-1969).. Note: This post originally appeared … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1969: Musial and Campanella Elected to Hall of Fame

Jan. 22, 1969: Stan Musial and Roy Campanella are voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Campanella became only the second black player in the Hall of Fame, after Jackie Robinson. This post originally appeared on latimes.com in 2009 and is … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1959: Rams Draft Rafer Johnson

Keith Thursby writes: The Rams picked a real winner in the NFL annual draft. Rafer Johnson would become world famous in 1960 by winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the Rome Olympics. He already held the world record … Continue reading

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Jan. 22, 1959: ‘Our Gang’ Star Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer Dies in Fight Over $50

Jan. 22, 1959: Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer is shot to death in a fight with Moses Samuel Stiltz. According to police, Switzer borrowed a dog belonging to Stiltz, then lost the dog. Switzer paid $50 for the return of Stiltz’s dog. … Continue reading

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Jan. 21, 1959: Matt Weinstock and the Cagey Mr. Mikoyan

Now that Anastas Mikoyan has returned whence he came, a lady named Natasha Smith would like a few unkind words. She was born and reared in Russia and barely escaped with her life during the revolution. She speaks and understands … Continue reading

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Jan. 21, 1959: Paul Coates on the Porn Trade of the 1950s

Jan. 21, 1959: Paul Coates takes a look at the way pornography (and pretty light stuff at that) was peddled in the 1950s, when it was illegal to send such things through the mail. Coates’ column was originally published in … Continue reading

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