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July 13, 1997 |
In the sensation-hungry headlines of the Depression, Winnie Ruth Judd was a star, the apex of a triangle of love, adultery and murder, remembered as the "trunk murderess" who killed her best friends, then shipped their bodies to Union Station, where dismembered parts were discovered by railroad officials who had thought Judd was smuggling contraband venison.
June 4, 1992 |
Murderer Winnie Ruth Judd wasn't too bright. She shipped the dismembered bodies of her two victims from Phoenix to Los Angeles by train, in two trunks and a carpet bag. The cops were waiting. "Tiger Lady," at the Tamarind Theatre, re-creates her true story. In Layce Gardner's tightly constructed chronicle play, most of the tale takes place in Winnie's mind, or at least the part of her mind she allows psychiatrist Elijah Martin to visit.
December 6, 2009 |
This year presented a challenge in picking the best of crime fiction, as perennial favorites and talented newcomers delivered a plethora of well-seasoned goods. But prolonged teeth-gnashing has produced the list of those I consider to be the most notable mystery and thriller reads. George Dawes Green makes a triumphant return to the genre after a 14-year absence with "Ravens" (Grand Central: 336 pp., $24.99). Terror is to be expected when desperate out-of-towners hatch a plan to bilk half the lottery winnings of a rural Georgia family, but Green, already a master of psychological twists, mixes in sly social commentary on religion and the downward economic spiral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1998 |
Sorry I missed the recent One Hundred Urns auction in Long Beach, because it sounded like the hottest art show to hit Southern California in days, if not months. While painters drew and painted models in the Space Gallery, spectators were invited to bid on the works. Art pieces that did not draw an offer of at least $15 were destroyed in a controlled burn outside the gallery, with the ashes sealed in urns.