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April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Hand
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son. " Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the recorded past to the relative freedom of fiction, as in her novels "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter" and "Life Mask," all set in the 18th or 19th century. Her most recent work, the multiple-award-winning international bestseller "Room," took a more contemporary approach, loosely inspired by the experiences of women recently held captive by abusive men. In her new novel, "Frog Music," Donoghue returns to the more distant past to take on an unsolved San Francisco murder: that of young Jenny Bonnet, shot by an unknown killer lurking outside her railway hotel room.
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April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Hand
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son. " Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the recorded past to the relative freedom of fiction, as in her novels "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter" and "Life Mask," all set in the 18th or 19th century. Her most recent work, the multiple-award-winning international bestseller "Room," took a more contemporary approach, loosely inspired by the experiences of women recently held captive by abusive men. In her new novel, "Frog Music," Donoghue returns to the more distant past to take on an unsolved San Francisco murder: that of young Jenny Bonnet, shot by an unknown killer lurking outside her railway hotel room.
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July 20, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When residents learned that area handyman John Joseph Famalaro was accused of murdering a woman whose frozen body was found in his freezer, the thoughts of the town turned to Marjorie (Midge) Hope. Hope, 50, of Sedona left her job at a local souvenir shop on Halloween, 1992, and was never seen alive again. Her car was found abandoned along a busy road, an eerie similarity to Denise A. Huber's disappearance the previous year. Hope's keys were still inside, along with her purse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
In the early hours of April 10, 2012, police found Samuel Michel dead inside his Koreatown apartment with a knife in his back and stab wounds to his head. Despite a $50,000 reward, Los Angeles police homicide detectives have been unable to identify a suspect in the murder case. As the anniversary of Michel's death approaches, family and friends plan to hold a memorial celebration at his former apartment. They also plan to announce the increase of the $50,000 reward to $100,000 in hopes of generating leads.
NEWS
November 11, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Henry Rivero / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Leavett Biles / Los Angeles Times
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT (*55 unsolved murders in unincorporated areas) Dorothy Gale Brown, age 11, July 3, 1962 The girl's nude body was found in the ocean about 200 yards offshore, just south of Cameo Shores near Corona del Mar. The cause of death was listed as asphyxia due to drowning. The victim had last been seen alive July 3, riding her bicycle near her home in Torrance. She was found the next day by a diver, who brought her body ashore with the help of another diver.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There's something about a haunting mystery being solved by a haunted mind that's particularly seductive. That's just one of the many pleasures of "The Secret in Their Eyes," whose string of knots challenges and charms in a way that make its win of the foreign-language Oscar this year perfectly understandable. Argentine writer-director Juan José Campanella has given audiences a beautifully calibrated movie in the most traditional sense of the word — the ideal marriage of topic, talent and tone.
NEWS
July 29, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here in this bastion of wealth and privilege, the combination is as intriguing as it is unlikely: a 23-year-old unsolved murder, the Kennedy family--and Mark Fuhrman. Some in this leafy enclave beside Long Island Sound credit the disgraced ex-Los Angeles police detective with jump-starting the investigation into the Halloween Eve death in 1975 of Martha Moxley, a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student who loved swimming, tennis, her cats and collage artwork.
MAGAZINE
December 12, 2004 | Mark Arax, Mark Arax covers Central California for The Times.
One day not long ago, I drove into a valley deep in the mountains of Oregon, a swath of green pastures edged by wild blackberries and split by a creek that filled up a nearby lake. It seemed a pleasant enough place in the world, this hidden valley, but I hadn't driven the 500 miles from Fresno simply to take in the fresh scenery. No, what I had come looking for were answers that had eluded me for 31 years. What I had come looking for were the secrets to my father's murder.
NEWS
May 16, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a first-person account by a serial killer of his thoughts and emotions while he kidnaped, tortured, sexually assaulted and, finally, murdered his young, female victims. The writer-killer describes himself as getting depressed, or making "the fall." He kidnaps and tortures victims as part of his remedy, or "restoration." Victims who go into shock, like an 11-year-old girl who failed to scream--even after cigarette burns and knife cuts were inflicted--are useless to him.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Back to Reality: KNBC Channel 4 premieres a new reality series, "Murder One," Saturday at 7 p.m. The weekly series, hosted by KNBC reporter Mike Hegedus and produced by Pete Noyes, formerly the managing editor of Channel 4 News, will investigate famous unsolved murder cases from around the country. The first show will feature the murder of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane.
SPORTS
January 29, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
NEW ORLEANS - On a glittery stage in a giant football arena, a smiling Ray Lewis is speaking to dozens of journalists about playing this Super Bowl for a higher power. "Rings fade, they tarnish, but the relationship I have with Him will never die," he says. "My ultimate goal is to leave a great name, so that one day when those skies finally spread, I'll hear those famous words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' " At the same time Tuesday, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio, a somber Greg Wilson visits Jacinth Baker's grave.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There's something about a haunting mystery being solved by a haunted mind that's particularly seductive. That's just one of the many pleasures of "The Secret in Their Eyes," whose string of knots challenges and charms in a way that make its win of the foreign-language Oscar this year perfectly understandable. Argentine writer-director Juan José Campanella has given audiences a beautifully calibrated movie in the most traditional sense of the word — the ideal marriage of topic, talent and tone.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2009
PAPERBACKS Fiction *--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Doubleday: 4 $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment. 2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two 7 sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 3. Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $26.95) Two 2 childhood friends return to South Dakota to find love and revisit an unsolved murder. 4.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2009 | Scott Timberg
It's the kind of house Hancock Park is famous for: unemphatic but impressive, with a perfect lawn, fresh coat of paint and ivy crawling up the walls. By Los Angeles standards, this is old-school cool. James Ellroy, all 6 feet 3 of him, is stomping across that manicured lawn, sporting a Hawaiian shirt and golfer's cap and pretending to walk a nonexistent dog. He mimics staring into the window, then simulates masturbating to what he sees inside. "Just like that," he offers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | Gary Goldstein, Kevin Thomas and Sam Adams
When a movie is based on an unsolved murder, it's tough to avoid an anticlimactic ending. After all, there's a reason mysteries are also called whodunits. That's why "The Alphabet Killer," inspired by the 1970s slayings of three Rochester, N.Y., schoolgirls -- all with double initials -- is ultimately so unsatisfying.
OPINION
May 23, 2005 | Michael Connelly, Michael Connelly is the author of 15 mysteries, most of them featuring LAPD Det. Harry Bosch. They include "Angels Flight," "The Concrete Blonde" and "The Narrows." His most recent book is "The Closers," published this month by Little, Brown.
Last month I sat in the back of a courtroom in San Fernando Superior Court and watched an admitted murderer named Edmond Jay Marr be sentenced to prison. His punishment was more than 20 years in coming, and brought to an end the first case carried by the Los Angeles Police Department's cold-case unit from investigation to conviction to sentencing.
NEWS
September 20, 1987 | MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press
Lady Diana Delamere took with her to the grave any secrets she possessed about the unsolved murder of her aristocratic lover, an English earl whose death scandalized colonial Kenya 46 years ago. "With her death, history has been robbed of the last witness to the events surrounding the murder of her lover, Lord Erroll," author James Fox wrote in London's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Lady Diana was 76 when she died of a stroke Sept. 3 in Ascot, England.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1986 | Brenda Day
After 64 years, murdered film director William Desmond Taylor (the case was written up in last week's Calendar) is very much alive--in development deals. Author Sidney Kirkpatrick said Paramount has taken a six-figure option on his book about the unsolved murder, "A Cast of Killers," with Robert Towne and Kirkpatrick scripting. (As a neat irony, the book suggests that Paramount was involved in a cover-up after the murder.
MAGAZINE
December 12, 2004 | Mark Arax, Mark Arax covers Central California for The Times.
One day not long ago, I drove into a valley deep in the mountains of Oregon, a swath of green pastures edged by wild blackberries and split by a creek that filled up a nearby lake. It seemed a pleasant enough place in the world, this hidden valley, but I hadn't driven the 500 miles from Fresno simply to take in the fresh scenery. No, what I had come looking for were answers that had eluded me for 31 years. What I had come looking for were the secrets to my father's murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police have fingerprints from more than 6,000 unsolved slayings that have not yet been compared with the national computer database that two weeks ago produced the match and the arrest in a 45-year-old killing of two police officers, authorities said. The prints on file were taken from Los Angeles Police Department cases both before and since 1985, when computerized fingerprint technology was developed.
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