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Severed head: Photos for sale, but LAPD says it’s not a crime

January 19, 2012 |  3:55 pm

Police search for remains after head found near Hollywood sign
A Hollywood photo agency has allegedly been selling photos of the dog walker who found a severed head in a park near the Hollywood sign to gossip blogs and tabloids -- and, the agency claims, she's smiling in them.

Gawker reported Thursday that it had been approached by an unidentified agency that "usually sells paparazzi shots of starlets climbing out of limos," which claimed to have eight photos -- "including a pic of the lady whose dog found the head (and she's smiling)."

Gawker said that, for $5,000, it could have exclusive use of the photos for 24 hours, and after that, other outlets could purchase them. "There's been a lot of interest," a representative for the agency told Gawker. But the representative refused to go into detail about how it came across the pictures, which were taken with a cellphone belonging to a man who loaned it to Lauren Kronberg, the woman who found the head.

Gawker said it offered $42 for the photos, and the agency declined.

TMZ also reported Wednesday that it had seen the photos, but declined to buy them.

Los Angeles police officials said they were aware that the photos had been circulating. They said they may speak to the owner of the cellphone related to what was witnessed at the scene. But selling the pictures is not a crime, police said.


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Photo: Police search for body parts after a human head was discovered in the Hollywood Hills. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times