Happy Birthday!

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Deranged L.A. Crimes is one year old!

When I began this blog just over a year ago I had no idea that it would be as well received as it has been. My goal was simple, I wanted to entertain people while pursuing my passion for Los Angeles history through its crimes. I hoped that along the way I’d find a few like minded people who love Los Angeles history and crime as much as I do. Over the past twelve months the blog has exceeded my wildest dreams and has given me an opportunity to play hostess to approximately 250,000 visitors! It is gratifying, and humbling, to have been able to reach so many people.

I’ve gotten to know many of you over the past year through your comments and I have found that your knowledge of everything from forgotten L.A. lore to film noir trivia is encyclopedic. I have heard from readers in law enforcement as well as from fellow historians and writers. I’ve been contacted by the families of both victims and perpetrators who played a part in some of the crimes I have covered. I’ve even had readers from a couple of L.A.’s oldest street gangs seeking to find their place in the city’s crime history.

It appears that 2014 may be an even more exciting year for Deranged L.A. Crimes than 2013 has been (if that’s possible). In addition to a book of crime scene photos that I’ve been working on with the Los Angeles Police Museum (narrative written by non other than the Demon Dog himself, James Ellroy) I am currently working on a Deranged L.A. Crimes book. I don’t have any lectures scheduled for 2014 yet, but I hope to. Bringing historic L.A. crimes to life in a lecture is something I love to do.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to contact me, I’d love to hear from you.

I wish all of you a very happy new year, and I thank you for your readership!

Best,

Joan

Mob Era L.A.

I’m fortunate to be affiliated with the L.A. Police Museum. I’ve been there for three years as an archivist and have been involved in all sort of great projects. In addition to my archiving duties I helped to curate the limited run Black Dahlia exhibit that was open earlier this year.

Because I know that you are all fans of true crime, and of fact-based fiction, I want to tell you about a terrific event that the LAPM has planned for January 9, 2013 — an evening with James Ellroy [L.A. Confidential, et al.], and Paul Lieberman [Gangster Squad]! Space is limited so if you’re interested act soon to avoid disappointment. You will not want to miss this!  I’m going to be there — I hope that you will join me.

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