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Druxman has taken Hollywoods most famous murder mystery and turnedit into a fascinating narrative that is so evocative of 1920’s Tinseltown. Hisfictional hero guides us on a factual journey that not only reveals why the caseremains officiallyMoreDruxman has taken Hollywoods most famous murder mystery and turnedit into a fascinating narrative that is so evocative of 1920’s Tinseltown. Hisfictional hero guides us on a factual journey that not only reveals why the caseremains officially unsolved -- but also identifies the killer! -- Thomas B. Sawyer– MURDER, SHE WROTE Head Writer/Showrunner, bestselling author ofCROSS PURPOSESOn the evening of February 1, 1922, silent film director William Desmond Taylorwas shot to death in his Los Angeles home. The murder, coming on the heels of the“Fatty” Arbuckle scandal, shocked the Hollywood community and the country, resultingin reform groups labeling the film capital a “modern day Babylon,” and demanding thatmovies be censored or, in some communities, even banned.The murder itself was never “officially” solved, but subsequent revelations aboutthe director’s unsavory past, as well as his recent secret activities that took him into theLos Angeles underworld, would keep the case alive in the nation’s press for almost twodecades, and because of their relationship with Taylor, effectively end the careers of twopopular screen stars, Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter.Ben Birnbaum, a reporter for the Los Angeles Dispatch at the time of the murder,covered the Taylor case for almost two decades- once almost being killed for his efforts.His posthumous memoir details his day-to-day investigation to unravel Hollywood’smost baffling mystery.