Crime Buff's Guide To OUTLAW LOS ANGELES

Crime Buff's Guide To OUTLAW LOS ANGELES

by Ron Franscell


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ISBN-13: 9781942266815
Publisher: SceneBooks Inc.
Publication date: 05/31/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Ron Franscell's writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Charles Frazier and Robert Olen Butler--diverse, poetic, evocative and muscular. This lifelong newspaperman burst onto the literary scene in 1998 with his first novel ANGEL FIRE, a poignant, mythic tale of two brothers wrestling with personal ghosts in the small town where they grew up. ANGEL FIRE was subsequently named among the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West. He was a senior writer for the Denver Post. He has written true crime, mystery/thrillers and quirky travel guides, and his books have won rave reviews from true-crime legends Ann Rule, Vincent Bugliosi and Gerry Spence. His widely acclaimed 2016 true crime, MORGUE: A LIFE IN DEATH (co-authored with renowned medical examiner Dr. Vincent Di Maio) was nominated for an Edgar in 2017.

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Crime Buff's Guide To OUTLAW LOS ANGELES 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anita Rodgers for Readers' Favorite Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Los Angeles by Ron Franscell is part true crime cliff notes, part tour guide, part crime trivia. It includes a comprehensive list of many of California’s most notorious and prolific criminals, chief among them killers, from Fatty Arbuckle to Charles Manson and his followers. It could be fun to use as an interesting guide for an unusual, albeit macabre true crime buff vacation. With this book providing a summary, sometimes quite in-depth, of various cases as well as addresses and GPS coordinates of the locations of crime scenes, hide outs, and cemetery plots, you could conceivably follow your favorite criminals to their final resting place. And immortalize your tour with selfies at the crime scene locations! As a true crime reader and buff, I found the book enjoyable and learned some interesting details I hadn’t known before about many of the more famous criminals who wreaked havoc in the Golden State. The section on Charles Manson and related criminals and their crimes was rather fascinating for this California girl. It also served as a reminder of many of the criminals and crimes I’d forgotten about that had taken place in California. For example, the heartbreaking Samantha Runyon case. The book was easy to navigate although sometimes a bit awkward in phrasing. I think that crime buffs and true crime trivia seekers would enjoy this book, whether to use as a reference, add to their true crime library, or indeed as a real life true crime scavenger hunt guide to take you on an adventure ... perhaps of a lifetime.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Los Angeles” is the seventh in Ron Franscell’ popular Crime Buff’s Guide series, this one set where I live, the greater Los Angeles and Southern California area. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the people and places in my local area’s crime past. Geography is the star of this book. Franscell has done comprehensive research, and the book includes the geographic locations, descriptions, and of course GPS location of every crime location from Hollywood, Orange County and the Inland Empire, to San Diego and beyond. The directions are specific and complete, for example “Look on the west side of Whittier for a concrete sewer drain between a streetlight and a tree. There’s a manhole cover in the street.” Most of the locations are private property, so he also cautions readers NOT to plunge onto private property. Crime in L.A. is not limited to Hollywood celebrities, although of course there are a lot of them included. The crime journey includes politicians, pioneers, writers, Wild West heroes, serial killers, terrorists, and, of course, law enforcement personnel and the innocent victims. Franscell’s guide covers the range of time from the mid- 1800 to the past few years and contains complete details about the crime itself, the people involved, and many times where people are buried. Thank you NetGalley, WildBlue Press, and Ron Franscell for a great adventure in true crime. I loved the virtual tour, and can’t wait to visit some of the public sites.