Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Above: James Ellroy's inscribed copy of "Black Dahlia Avenger," as sold on EBay.
|Steve Hodel's long-promised sequel to "Black Dahlia Avenger" is evidently headed toward bookstores, according to this item in Library Journal: Steve Hodel with Ralph Pezzullo. Most Evil: The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hodel. Dutton. Sept. 2009. 384p. ISBN 978-0-525-95132-2. $26.95.
The book is embargoed (as was "Dahlia Avenger"), but based on what has been known for years, it will probably link Dr. George Hodel to the Suzanne Degnan case -- and an overflowing file cabinet of unsolved and totally unrelated killings.
One thing we know for sure is that Deborah Perez beat Hodel to the claim that her father was Zodiac. And if the "research" is anything like what was presented in "Dahlia Avenger," it will be full of holes and loaded with fanciful speculation.
Pezzullo's website is here.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: This is George Dolenz, the father of "Monkees" star Micky Dolenz, in a publicity photo for "Vendetta."
Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.
I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.) If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights.
The answer to last week's photo: Norma Crane.
Update: Dolenz in "Vendetta."
Here's another photo of our mystery fellow. Please congratulate Don Danard for identifying him.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Dolenz and Faith Domergue in "Vendetta."
Here's a photo of our mystery guest and a mystery companion. Please congratulate Paul Cardinal for identifying him!
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Dolenz on "The Restless Gun," 1958.
Here's our mystery fellow with another firearm. Please congratulate R. Ahuna, Gregory Moore, Dru Duniway Michael Ryerson, Alexa Foreman, "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker, Lee Ann Bailey, Cinnamon Carter, Cynthia Keillor and Anne Papineau for identifying him!
Dolenz, right, visits Jane Russell and Victor Mature on the set of "The Las Vegas Story."
||This vintage photo of a young girl on the beach at Santa Catalina Island has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99.
Tijuana Exile HopesThis is a further report on Roy Huerta, separated for the last 10 years from his beloved wife, Manuela, and their six children. Roy, 39, is a cook at a restaurant on Sunset Blvd. and lives with a brother on the North Side. His family lives in Tijuana.
Their enforced separation dates to 1949. They were living in Los Angeles. One day they took a trip to Tijuana. Returning, Manuela panicked and gave conflicting answers at the border and was detained. Born in Mexico, she speaks little English. She was later convicted of perjury and deported.
The frustrating case was first reported here Sept 13, 1957.
Three weeks ago a reader, Mrs. William Rosenblatt, wrote that since it was related here the story had disturbed her and she wondered if there had been any development. I got hold of Roy and he said the situation was unchanged, which was told here.
However, Francis H. Ohswaldt, deputy district director of immigration, saw the column and phoned.
IT APPEARED to him that the family could be reunited under Public Law 85-316, in effect since Sept. 11, 1957. The law provides that an alien spouse or child of a U.S. citizen shall be issued a visa under certain conditions, which Manuela apparently can meet.
The sad thing, he said, was that Roy and his wife didn't know that they probably have been eligible for this relief for more than a year. he was put in touch with Roy and he has alerted immigration officials at the border to expedite the case.
"Perhaps," Ohswaldt said, "immigration people won't be considered the ogres they are sometimes painted."
LAST WEEKEND when Roy went to Tijuana he took along his birth certificate and Army discharge -- necessary to prove his American citizenship. Monday Manuela went to the American consul there and filled out an application for a visa.
If investigation shows that the requirements have been met under the law, the Huerta family should be together in six weeks or two months.
"Gosh," Roy said yesterday. "I guess I better start looking for a house to rent for my six kids."
It's nice to be able to print a story with a happy ending.
AT RANDOM -- Tom Cracraft puts stickers on his letters with the slogan, "Get the lead out of your gas. Stop smog!" ... Cosmopolitan for May is one great big paean to California, mostly this area. Meanwhile, back among the natives here, the heckling continues ... No truth in the rumor, Martin Ragaway says, that Cadillac dealers are raffling off a hospital ... Descriptive line by barkeep Jose Sanchez: "She's the type that orders caffeine-free coffee laced with cognac."
YOU DON'T HEAR about it, but the six-year truce between the Communist North Koreans and the U.N. still presents uneasy moments.
Ed Fleming of KNXT spent several days at Panmunjom on his recent swing around the Orient and learned that incidents keep cropping up that require meetings between the opposing forces.
One time last winter Communist soldiers threw snowballs at Americans patrolling the border. And you know what those nasty Americans did? They returned the fire, only they allegedly put rocks in their snowballs. The North Koreans charged this was a violation of the armistice.
More recently they complained U.N. soldiers were throwing orange peels across the line and went through the ridiculous motion of charging another violation.
ONLY IN L.A. -- A lady called Aunt Hallie came up to photog Bob Martin at a family gathering and said she'd like to show him some pictures. She brought out a leather-bound book with the gold letters "S.O.G. with P.I.P." on the cover. Meant "Silly Old Grandmother with Pictures in Purse." she explained to baffled Bob ... One of the girls in classified took an ad from a man wishing to sell a sorrel mare, some black Angus calves and some "wiener" pigs. In the nick of time it was corrected to "weaner."
Murdering Your Wife a High Misdemeanor
In yesterday's editions he trod boldly on a topic which has been banned from respectable parlour conversation since as long as I can remember.
Which shows how keen my memory is. My family never even had a parlour. (And, if they did have one, they would have spelled it parlor, not parlour. They weren't folks to put on airs.)
In his usual breezy, frank, intimate manner of expression, the doctor discussed the pros and cons of murdering one's wife.
In an article headed "What Makes a Man Murder His Wife?" he began by pointing out that the questions is vital to every one of us.
"Perhaps you don't think the matter is especially pertinent to you personally," he prefaced his observations. But then he added, ominously:
"After you finish reading this article, then you can draw your own conclusions."
I was almost afraid to read on. But I did.
His point, as I get it, is that maybe my marriage, or your marriage, has had the symptoms all along and we've just overlooked them. Taken no positive action, if you know what I mean.
And don't give me that high-and-mighty look. You know what I mean.
The basic symptom, according to the doctor, is a nagging wife.
A study made by two psychiatrists whom he quoted revealed that most men who rub out their spouses were sober, likable individuals before they took the vows.
Average Joes just like you an me.
"There were certain great weaknesses in their personality," he admitted, "but these might have been kept from coming to the surface if the marriages had been different."
Trouble was, the wives simply didn't know how to manage their husbands. Instead of using constructive methods to improve them, they nagged.
Day in, day out.
Until finally, PFFT! No wife.
When I got that far along in Dr. Popenoe's frank discussion, I began to realize that he was performing a perilous but necessary public service.
If those were the only symptoms, it's time people were made aware.
In my personal case, fortunately, there's no problem. I'm not the type of man who lies around the house and lets his wife nag him.
In fact, I seldom go home.
But you. I'm worried about you. Any one of you is liable to have a murder rap hanging over you head tomorrow.
And this thing could spread into a very unpleasant epidemic.
Dr. Popenoe obviously deserves our thanks for bringing this touchy matter into the open.
How You Can Beat the Rap
And he's gone a step further. He also points out that not all husbands with nagging wives end up doing time. Some just slip out and drive to Reno. It's up to each reader to figure out his own solution.
But while you're thinking it over, Dr. Popenoe generously offers to supply you with the name of a thoroughly competent marriage counselor near your home. Write care of The Mirror News and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
And if that doesn't work, get in touch with me. I know a guy who knows a guy from out of town who works fast and clean and cheap and keeps his mouth shut.
The 1960s were surely the hair decade. Ask your mom if she ever had a hairdo like this model in a Broadway ad.
Nixon plays "Happy Birthday" for Duke Ellington.
School officials eliminate a song and some lines from a production of "The Fantasticks" being presented for high school students.
Sam Jones' desperation, falling-down shot that somehow managed to go in was the difference in another close game, this time an 89-88 Boston victory. The series, once controlled by the Lakers, was now even at 2-2 and headed back to the Forum.
"I guess if the Good Lord wanted you to win, you'd win. ... Maybe we deserved to lose," said Jerry West.
"Luck won out--no doubt about it. Those losses are the toughest kind to take when you have it won and it goes the other way," said John Havlicek.
Like most high-pressure games, there was controversy near the end. One Laker turnover was caused by an aggressive Boston double team or a foul that wasn't called, depending on your point of view. Another dispute centered on whether Elgin Baylor was out of bounds in the closing seconds. That call turned the ball back to Boston for Jones' final shot.