Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner

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Unnatural celebrity deaths and unnaturally celebrated murders pockmark the history of Los Angeles, looming as large in the public imagination as the Hollywood stars themselves. Death in Paradise is the first authorized history of Los Angeles by way of its coroner's office, revisiting important or high-profile cases that remain shrouded in mystery. With many never-before-published photographs documenting the notorious deaths of Bobby Kennedy, Sam Rummel, Dorothy Dandridge, Bugsy Siegel, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, ...

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Overview

Unnatural celebrity deaths and unnaturally celebrated murders pockmark the history of Los Angeles, looming as large in the public imagination as the Hollywood stars themselves. Death in Paradise is the first authorized history of Los Angeles by way of its coroner's office, revisiting important or high-profile cases that remain shrouded in mystery. With many never-before-published photographs documenting the notorious deaths of Bobby Kennedy, Sam Rummel, Dorothy Dandridge, Bugsy Siegel, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, and others, this book presents an unflinching view of Tinseltown's dark underbelly. The book includes over 100 photographs of infamous crimes from every decade of the 20th century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568582054
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Prologue: How They Die 10
Chapter 1 Why the Coroner? 24
Chapter 2 Death in the Pueblo: Early Coroner's Cases 46
Chapter 3 A Star-Studded Caseload 78
Chapter 4 Spotlight on Forensics 162
Epilogue: The Coroner in the Community 178
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Brilliant Book

    I was very impressed with this thrilling book about celebrity deaths and celebrated murders in the history of Los Angeles...Stories of the way Hollywood stars died. I had no idea what went on in the Los Angeles coroner¿s office...An eye-opener for sure. The photographs documenting the notorious deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Janis Joplin were amazing and disturbing. I can't say enough about this unusual book written with style by Brad Shreiber. It should be a big best seller.

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