Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Notorious Los Angeles Crime ... and Where to Find It

The Colt revolver found near Lana Clarkson’s body at the Alhambra crime scene.

Who doesn't like to reminisce now and then? Especially when it comes to heinous crimes committed in the City of Los Angeles. Like any large metropolitan region, Los Angeles has its share of dark moments. Crime in the City of Angels has been the stuff we've watched in thousands movies and TV shows, seen depicted on screen in such lurid detail, that the link between the city and the crimes that are perpetrated here stays burned into our collective memory long after the blood stains have been mopped up and the corpses removed to the morgue.
Some may blame the year-round sunshine and dry desert air for driving the good people of the city to distraction. Raymond Chandler said that the dusty, unforgiving winds can bring about madness and tragedy:
“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.” 
― Raymond Chandler, Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories 

If you'd like to review a bit of the city's past, try this handy guide, 'The Locations of L.A,'s Most Memorable Crimes by Neighborhood."

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