Murder in Hollywoodland

Murder in Hollywoodland

Wondery

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.

Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar

10 Episodes

  • Murder in Hollywoodland

    Wondery Presents: The Generation Why Podcast

    4:11

    June 13, 1996. Idaho Falls, Idaho. When 18-year-old Angie Dodge failed to show up to work, two of her coworkers went to her apartment looking for her. There they found Angie lying dead on her bedroom floor. She had been raped and murdered. In January 1997, police had a confession from 20-year-old Christopher Tapps. However, the DNA at the scene didn’t match Chris or the other two men he said were present at Angie’s death. Then Chris recanted his confession, claiming it was coerced. Who else was involved? And was Chris involved at all if there was no evidence of him at the crime scene?Listen now at wondery.fm/GenWhyAngieDodge
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    Wondery Presents: Death of a Starlet

    5:48

    Nineteen eighty was going to be Dorothy Stratten’s year. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner thought it might even be her decade. She was just 20 years old, the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. But who was Dorothy really? And how did her rise to fame ultimately lead to her death? This is a six-part series about love, sex and murder in 1970s Hollywood when glitter pants and roller skates were all the rage, and the Playboy mansion hosted the biggest party in town.Listen today at wondery.fm/Starlet_MiH
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    Interview with Author William Mann | 7

    34:59

    Host Tracy Pattin talks to William Mann, author of “Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.” Mann shares his own theory on who he thinks murdered William Desmond Taylor, and shares his insight into the early wild west days of Hollywood, how the studios dealt with crime, and the surprising role women played in the entertainment industry.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mih--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    The Confession | 6

    1:10:14

    Detective King finally gets his day in court with the primary suspect. But has he really found the truth? That’s the question an aging Hollywood director will ask nearly 40 years later when he decides to re-examine the case in hopes of reviving his career. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mih--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    The Final Days | 5

    1:00:00

    William Desmond Taylor grows increasingly anxious in the weeks leading up to his death. Detective King comes face-to-face with his primary suspect. And a surprise witness emerges with shocking allegations that force the hand of a new district attorney.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mihListen to Blood Ties, Season 2Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
  • Murder in Hollywoodland

    Charlotte's Web | 4

    54:08

    While the search for one of the prime suspects continues, investigators uncover a surprising lead that will take them into the underbelly of Hollywood studios fueled by drugs. Meanwhile, studio head Adolph Zukor arrives in Hollywood to try and control the situation and Detective King discovers explosive evidence that puts someone at the scene of the crime.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mihListen to GuruSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    There's Something About Mary | 3

    55:52

    A prime suspect emerges, but Detective Ed King still has more questions than answers. King interviews a young starlet who was in love with the slain director, and the district attorney meets with the starlet’s overbearing mother.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mihListen to Generation Why--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    Mabel | 2

    53:04

    A district attorney with ulterior motives assigns the Taylor case to a new lead investigator. An anonymous letter tells authorities where to find the murder weapon, and evidence starts to point to the women in Taylor’s life, starting with the director’s closest friend — A-list comedy actress Mabel Normand.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mihTo Listen to American Scandal--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    The Crime Scene | 1

    59:12

    The murder of William Desmond Taylor rocks Hollywood. Within hours, everyone has heard the news and is asking the same question: why would anyone want Taylor dead? After examining the crime scene, detectives start narrowing in on the first suspects in this shocking crime.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mihTo Listen to The Dating Game Killer, from Hollywood & Crime--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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    Introducing: Murder in Hollywoodland

    2:17

    On February 1, 1922, William Desmond Taylor, one of Hollywood’s most successful directors was found dead in his home with a bullet in his back. The list of suspects was as long as the line outside one of his premieres, and the search for the killer would take investigators across the country and into the underbelly of downtown Los Angeles tracking down clues. As the case unfolded, famous names like Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, and Mack Sennett would be dragged through the mud. The press published torrid love letters, exposed scandalous affairs, and filed incendiary reports on the drug problem on Hollywood sets. But the bigger questions remained — how much did the studios know about the murder, and why were they covering up evidence? And more importantly, who would have reason to murder one of Hollywood’s most promising directors?   Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/mih

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