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CURBSIDE L.A.

Scenes of the Crimes

August 17, 1992|CECILIA RASMUSSEN

Vicki Morgan was the mistress of the late Alfred Bloomingdale, Diners Club founder and member of former President Ronald Reagan's "kitchen cabinet." On July 7, 1983, Morgan was beaten to death with a baseball bat by roommate Marvin Pancoast. He died of AIDS in a prison at Chino last December.

11. Night Stalker

3727 E. Hubbard St., East Los Angeles

After seven months of slipping through unlocked doors and windows before dawn to attack his victims as they slept, Richard Ramirez, the notorious Night Stalker, was captured across the street from this house by as many as 20 neighbors on Aug. 31, 1985. Ramirez was convicted of 13 brutal slayings ad 30 related felonies.

12. Mickey and Trudy Thompson

53 Woodlyn Lane, Bradbury

Millionaire racing promoter and pioneering speedster Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy, were ambushed and shot to death in the driveway of their walled foothill estate while leaving for work on March 16, 1988. The still-unsolved shootings were thought to be contract killings.

13. John Belushi

8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

The exclusive residential hotel Chateau Marmont, once the residence of Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Errol Flynn. It is also where 33-year-old comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in Bungalow No. 2 on March 5, 1982. Belushi's friend, one-time heroin addict and backup vocalist Cathy Smith, was arrested for administering the fatal mixture of cocaine and heroine. She pleaded no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison.

14. Edward L. Doheny

Greystone Mansion

905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills

Oil magnate Edward L. Doheny built this 55-room mansion in 1928 for his son, Edward Lawrence (Ned) Doheny Jr. Just a few months after the younger Doheny moved into the 46,054-square-foot home with his wife and five children, he and his secretary, Hugh Plunkett, were found dead in Doheny's bedroom. Some say the secretary shot Doheny because he was denied a raise, then turned the gun on himself. But published reports at the time suggested that Doheny and his secretary were lovers and that Doheny fired both shots because he was afraid his family would find out about his affair. Today Greystone is owned by the city of Beverly Hills.

Sources: "Chronicles of L.A. Crime and Mystery: Fallen Angles," by Marvin J. Wolf and Katherine Mader, and "This is Hollywood: An Unusual Movieland Guide," by Ken Schessler.

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