Murder in Hollywoodland

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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?

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    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 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

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    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 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

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    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 on Wondery+. Join at wonderyplus.com/hollywoodlandTo 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

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    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 on Wondery+. Join at wonderyplus.com/hollywoodlandTo 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.
  • Murder in Hollywoodland

    Introducing: Murder in Hollywoodland

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    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?   

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