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.

Available exclusively on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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Our Editor's Take

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This podcast takes listeners back to the heady days of silent films to investigate the shortened life of William Desmond Taylor. Desmond is a former actor and director of more than fifty silent movies until, one mournful day, he was fatally shot. Murder in Hollywoodland is a true crime series that sets out to get to the bottom of the Taylor case. Prime suspects were established at the time, but not everything about this shocking crime was as simple as it seemed.

Taylor had worked in films since the turn of the twentieth century; starting as an actor and moving on to directing. He quickly made a name for himself as he worked alongside superstars of the silver screen. Whether his films met with good or bad reviews, he was well known in his industry. So why was he shot dead in his home? And by who?

There was much debate around Taylor's death and how the police conducted the investigation— particularly in the hours following the crime. Hosts Tracy Pattin and James Remar uncover the truth. This podcast is packed with information about William Desmond Taylor's tragic final days.

This six-part series seeks to establish the truth behind the gruesome tale, including a bonus interview with William Mann, who wrote the book Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood. Don't miss out on this chance to follow one of the biggest murder stories of the twentieth century.

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