A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more!
Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where else does a list of a city’s top five most recognized citizens include a mass murderer? Stand in the footsteps of Manson, the Hillside Strangler, the Night Stalker, the Black Dahlia’s killer, and the Onion Field slayers. Visit crime scenes where Hollywood’s weird history took fatal turns for O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Ramon Novarro, Phil Hartman, Dorothy Stratten, Sal Mineo, and so many others.
“Meticulously researched guide book into the baddest of the bad in LaLa Land."—STEVE HODEL, New York Times bestselling author of “Black Dahlia Avenger”
OUTLAW LOS ANGELES continues the series that critics, true-crime fans, historians, and travelers have hailed as “thorough and unflinching” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” Dozens of fascinating stories in OUTLAW LOS ANGELES are told in the same fast-paced, enthralling voice that’s made Ron Franscell one of America’s most beloved crime writers … and the Crime Buff’s Guides a three-time winner of TrueCrimeZine.com’s Book of the Year!
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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.
“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.