Murder in Hollywoodland

Murder in Hollywoodland

By 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

Episodes

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23/07/2012m 4s

Interview with Author William Mann | 7

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.--Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
22/07/2034m 59s

The Confession | 6

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. --Support us by supporting our sponsors!Head to Simplisafe.com/HOLLYWOODLAND for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.
15/07/201h 10m

The Final Days | 5

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 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.
08/07/201h 0m

Charlotte's Web | 4

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.
01/07/2054m 8s

There's Something About Mary | 3

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.
24/06/2055m 52s

Mabel | 2

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.
17/06/2053m 4s

The Crime Scene | 1

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.
17/06/2059m 12s

Introducing: Murder in Hollywoodland

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?   
03/06/202m 17s
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