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Summary

Hollywood & Crime is a groundbreaking true crime series about the most infamous murders in Tinseltown history.

In our 26-episode series opener "The Black Dahlia Serial Killers", host Tracy Pattin investigates the sensational unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short. Known as the Black Dahlia, Short was a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947. Many remember her tragic story, yet few know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances around that same time.

©2018 Jon Ponder and Rebecca Reynolds (P)2018 Wondery, Inc

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"Hollywood And Crime : Black Dahlia" is more of an 18 part series than a book and is concerned with not just one gruesome murder,but several.Whilst the death of Elizabeth Short is at the centre of the this work.the series attempts to link her murder with other "Werewolf Murders" of 1940's Los Angeles.The investigations of each crime are dramatised and later re-analysed by modern day experts.We're left asking ourselves was there a proto serial killer on the loose in 40's L.A. or did the time and place create the circumstances for a number of similar,but seperate horrendous murders !

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Episodes 1-12 are excellent. Then………

Episodes 1-12 are brilliant listening. Great dialogue and acting, and very atmospheric of the time they were set in.
However from episode 13 onwards I lost interest completely as the format changed to a studio based discussion. Did these experts (and I use the term very loosely) ever imagine that they were going to tie up the case 70 years after Los Angeles’s finest were unable to do so?
I’m afraid it just degenerated into even more speculation, baseless hypothesis and pure guesswork.
Still, I’m really glad I listened to the first 12 parts.

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interesting an insightful but no conclusion to the crimes which is disappointing shame serial killer wasn't used back then.

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Interesting but lost it at the profiling episodes

Really enjoyed this series - the narration and dramatised sections were great and it waa super interesting to learn more about the black dahlia murder investigation and all the murders that may be related.
Unfortunately for me the series lost its way at the last four chapters that were discussions with modern crime profilers. I just found myself drifting off and didn't get past fhe first one. I'm sure some people will find it engaging but for me I was happy to end the listen there. Definitely we'll worth a download though!

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love it

loved it 18 stories pass the time when bored great stuff very intereesting cool

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  • Cindi Campbell
  • 16-10-20

Love Wondery Podcasts

I really enjoy old Hollywood and true crime so this was a real treat. I also really enjoy Wondery podcast because they are well produced. They have an app but the reviews aren’t that great, so this is even better thru Audible because it just goes from one to the next in the series. Love it all!

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  • MBK
  • 25-09-20

Kept My Attention

One of the better listens I've had in quite awhile. Thoroughly researched and full of details on the cases covered.

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  • David Russell
  • 03-12-21

missing season 2

the second season is missing. the available episodes are enjoyable. . . . .

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  • Jesse James
  • 13-07-21

Kept my interest. enjoyed listening to this audio.

Really enjoyed listening to this audio. if you like crime this is interesting. good read

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  • Lisa
  • 01-07-21

Fantastic story telling and good actors!

Couldn't stop listening! Each case made me think who? why? The actors made it worth the listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-21

great read!

loved this one, was like an audiobook and radio show all in one. will def listen again

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  • Dr Neil C Sheppard
  • 21-03-21

Should be turned into a TV series

This is a well researched and assembled take into a string of unsolved brutal murders in the era of classic Hollywood, including one of the most infamous murders of the 20th Century - that of the Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, but also covers over a dozen other murders many of which may have been the work of the same serial killer(s).

The only negative is their assessment on the likely profile of the killer(s) and whether the crimes were related and if so- how many. I felt that during that episode the broke from the well researched pattern of the series and offered shallow theories. They also totally mischaracterized and dismissed the theory that at least the Dahlia and Red Lipstick killings were the work of Dr Hodel either alone or with his associate, as offered in Steve Hodel’s excellent Black Dahlia Avenger book.

I would love this series to be brought to the small screen. The classic Hollywood feel, the sheer number of appalling crimes, and the tantalizing evidence that the police may have been close to solving them would be a gripping serialization. It would be important to be transparent that the original case files for many of the crimes have been sanitized and much or even all of the physical evidence deliberately destroyed by the very police departments that were supposed to catch the killer, but appear instead to have been marred by corruption and graft in the 1940’s and perhaps later.

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  • Jennifer Hing
  • 15-03-21

Good True Crime

It is overall a good sum up of the crimes they mention. The performances were a little cringe but overall good.

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  • Cyn
  • 12-03-21

I thought this was very interesting

I feel this was delivered wonderful, with great information about people I did not know about. It was very informative and interesting. I don't know why they profiled it since who ever the killer or killers were are long since dead, they will not find out who there were. I listened to a little of that and skipped through it since I didn't feel in was interesting. I have to say I totally enjoyed this audio.

The narration was out of this world, most likely the best I have heard, they gave emotion but still stuck to the facts. I loved the sound effects which really bought the story to life for me, the news clips were great. There was no background noise unless it went with the story, no repeating of words, no breaks, very clear and totally a wonderful audio that really pulled me in. It will be one of those that I will listen to again. I totally loved this audio and words just can't say how much I enjoyed it.