BOOK READ Murder in Hollywood: Solving a Silent Screen Mystery AUTHOR Charles Higham – dentalproductions.co.uk
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much simply due to Higham s reputation but I was thoroughly disappointed with this book Its one saving simply due to Higham s reputation but I was thoroughly disappointed with this book Its one saving and perhaps what makes it a worthwhile volume for the silent film buff is
the sprinkling of rare photos including portraits of Mabel Normand Mary Miles Minter and a strange photo sprinkling of rare photos including portraits of Mabel Normand Mary Miles Minter and a strange photo the usuallly dapper Taylor in a frilly nightgown In my opinion anyone interested in the William Desmond Taylor murder case would do better with the two previous books written on the subject A Deed of Death by Robert Giroux and A Cast of Killers by Sidney D Kirkpatrick Both vastly surpass Higham s scattered tale in clarity form and content and both have a style and cohesiveness that Higham s sorely lacks Contrary to the Publisher s Weekly review leading this section I found that the book s author thoroughly and objectively laid out the facts as they are KNOWN TO PROPERLY CONCLUDE THAT MARY MILES MINTER WAS to properly conclude that Mary Miles Minter was the murderess of William Desmond Taylor The author left no stone unturned inasmuch as what was recorded and what materia. En place nowhave ensured a hair raising thrillerCharles Higham successfully presents the most plausible and convincing solution yet to the mystery In the process he paints a vivid portrait of Hollywood in the 1920sfrom its major stars to its bisexual subculture The result is a compelling answer to a long standing mystery and a fascinating study of a place and an industry that as today let people reinvent themselves Murder in Hollywood is extraordinary than any crime of fiction and exciting than any action adventure movi. ,
Researched as his previous work instead this book is a convoluted mess Besides going into lengthy irrelevant detail about the lives of instead this book is a convoluted mess Besides going into lengthy irrelevant detail about the lives of having absolutely nothing to do with the murder ie Neva Gerber Julia Crawford Ivers etc Higham rambles endlessly repeating himself often while at the same time curiously managing to contradict himself His irritating habit of drawing conclusions without providing any real evidence to support his theories throws the entire presentation off kilter For example his insistence that an unidentified suicide victim found in Connecticut was Taylor s former employee Edward Sands simply because Higham feels that Sands should have killed himself is simply preposterous To add insult to injury this book seems not to have been proof read there are a plethora of glaring typos that even a second grade child would have caught The fact that Higham had access to files previously unavailable only frustrates the reader further as his continuous failure to present this new in anything his continuous failure to present this new evidence in anything cohesive fashion denies the reader a clear un. Ocent people as killerswhich has continued until now to protect the truth Murder in Hollywood goes beyond the killing to unearth unknown details about the life of Taylor before his arrival in Hollywood as well as the stories and histories buried by the crooked authorities and criminals involved the case The authors exclusive interviews with the culpable star his uniue possession of long vanished police records and the support of the present day Los Angeles county coronerwho examined the evidence as if the murder had tak. .
Really interesting read about a fascinating case I read this it
Some Time To Wadetime to wade the crap and biased rubbish that seems to to wade through the crap and the biased rubbish that seems to from an angry hollow place in the author s mind He was so focused on trashing everyone even the poor victim William Desomnd Taylor In reading this a growing feeling of distrust for the writer grew and grew so that any conclusion Higham proposed became impossible to believe In light of the slanted rubbish Higham was pushing in this book I doubt I would ever trust any of his works and he has published many a biography AVOID this book if you want to know any FACTS Higham misses the mark Big Time due to his own agenda getting in the way Having anticipated Charles Higham s treatment of the unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor to be the book to end all books on the subject my disappointment was palpable as I trudged through the final pages of this incoherent typo ridden volume Presuming that Higham s facility with biographies would transfer well to the true crime genre I expected his effort here to be as polished and well. For than eighty years the famous unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor the legendary bisexual film director has generated debate and controversy Now best selling author Charles Higham has solved the crime Higham uncovers the corruption and intrigue of Los Angeles in the Roaring Twentiesand the film industry moguls complete domination of the citys authoritiesWhen it was discovered that a famous star of the day had probably killed Taylor a massive cover up beganfrom the removal of crucial evidence to the naming of inn.