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Mystery photo

October 16, 2007 | 11:20 am

I hope this one is interesting. Who is this woman and why am I running her picture? The other photos have been recognized so quickly, I'm sure someone will figure her out right away.

Karil Rogers Graham
1915-1955

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  • Adele Astaire. No.
  • Adela Rogers St. Johns. No.
  • Dorothy "Buff" Chandler. No.
  • Mrs. Walter O'Malley. No.
  • Virginia Hill. No.
  • Roz Wyman. No.
  • Queen Elizabeth. No.
  • Geneva Ellroy (twice). No!
  • Aggie Underwood. No.
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. No.
  • Evelyn Scott. Interesting guess! But no.
  • Rose Bird. No.
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Interesting guess! But no.
  • Princess Margaret. No.
  • Bernice Layne Brown. Very interesting guess. But no.
  • Donita Woodruff. No.
  • Edie Wasserman. No
  • Marion Davies. No.
  • Bea Korshak. No.
  • Ariel Durant. That's a guess I never expected. But no.
  • Molly Swett. No.

Gosh. I may be forced to give a clue at this rate.

Update: OK, here goes. The mystery woman figures prominently in a well-known nonfiction book about Los Angeles. The work was in bookstores within the last few years and is ranked among the top 100,000 in sales on Amazon.com.   It was written by an iconic Los Angeles TV and film actor who grew up on Bunker Hill.

The mystery guest lived within easy walking distance of the Original Tommy's Hamburger at Rampart and Beverly.

 

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Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times
The apartment where the mystery guest lived was at the site now occupied by this building.

Karil Rogers Graham, 271 S. Carondelet, was beaten to death with a lead pipe. Her blood was spattered four feet up the wall and a piece of her skull was found eight feet from her body.

Donald Keith Bashor was convicted of her murder and executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin on Oct. 11, 1957.  His final words were: "I'm glad my crimes are coming to an end. I am sorry I cannot undo the horrible things I did."

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Photograph by Edward Gamer / Los Angeles Times
Senior Deputy George Coenen, left, and Sgt. Howard Earle, right, escort convicted killer Donald Keith Bashor on his trip to San Quentin, Oct. 25, 1956.

Bashor's story was the basis of a "Playhouse 90" episode by Jules Maitland. Bashor's slaying of Graham also plays a prominent role in Jack Webb's "The Badge," a not terribly accurate book reissued in 2005.

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