The Fixers lReally interesting read about a fascinating case Iove TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH WILLIAM DESMOND to figure out what happened with William Desmond I ve read Cast of Killers Tinseltown and checked out Taylorology
This Book Is An Excellent Presentation From book is an excellent presentation from who actually interviewed Minter and others from that time and placeEven if you know nothing of the murder it is a great read I read this it took some time to wade through the crap and the biased rubbish that seems to come from an angry hollow place in the author s mind He was so focused on trashing everyone even the poor victim William Desomnd Taylor In reading this a growing feeling of distrust for the writer grew and grew so that any conclusion Higham proposed became impossible to believe In ight of the slanted rubbish Higham was pushing in this book I doubt I would ever trust any of his works and he has published many a biography AVOID this book if you want to know any FACTS Higham misses the mark Big Time due to his own agenda getting in the way Excellent telling of one of the most fascinating mysteries of Old Hollywood Though the organization of the book is a bit disjointed and his theory #while highly plausible has holes than he thinks Higham s stories and details are consistently # highly plausible has holes than he thinks Higham s stories and details are consistently Having anticipated Charles Higham s treatment of the unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor to be the book to end all books on the subject my disappointment was palpable as I trudged through the final pages of this incoherent typo ridden volume Presuming that Higham s facility with biographies would transfer well to the true crime genre I expected his effort here to be as polished and well researched as his previous work instead this book is a convoluted mess Besides going into engthy irrelevant detail about the The Last Surrender lives of people having absolutely nothing to do with the murder ie Neva Gerber Julia Crawford Ivers etc Higham rambles endlessly repeating himself often while at the same time curiously managing to contradict. For than eighty years the famous unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor theegendary bisexual film director has generated debate and controversy Now best selling author Charles Higham has solved the crime Higham uncovers the corruption and intrigue of Los Angeles in the Roaring Twentiesand the film industry moguls complete domination of the citys authoritiesWhen it was discovered that a famous star of the day had probably killed Taylor a massive cover up beganfrom the removal of crucial evidence to the naming of inn. .
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Himself His irritating habit of drawing conclusions without providing any real evidence to support his theories throws the entire presentation off kilter For example his insistence that an unidentified suicide victim found in Connecticut was Taylor s Former Employee Edward Sands Simply Because Higham employee Edward Sands simply because Higham that Sands should have killed himself is simply preposterous To add insult to injury this book seems not to have been proof read there are a plethora of glaring typos that even a second grade child would have caught The fact that Higham had access to files previously unavailable only frustrates the reader further as his continuous failure to present this new evidence in anything approaching a cohesive fashion denies the reader a clear understanding of such material Perhaps I expected too much simply due to Higham s reputation but I was thoroughly disappointed with this book Its one saving grace and perhaps what makes it a worthwhile volume for the silent film buff is the sprinkling of rare photos including portraits of Mabel Normand Mary Miles Minter and a strange photo of the usuallly dapper Taylor in a frilly nightgown In my opinion anyone interested in the William Desmond Taylor murder case would do better with the two previous books written on the subject A Deed of Death by Robert Giroux and A Cast of Killers by Sidney D Kirkpatrick Both vastly surpass Higham s scattered tale in clarity form and content and both have a style and cohesiveness that Higham s sorely acks The flaws in this book are already well documented so I won t go into them except to say that this is not an objective investigation of the crime Charles Higham appears to have developed a theory of the murder and worked backwards from that Anyone whose statements or eye witness accounts do not fit his theory he simply brands a iar with no supporting evidence #By The Way For #the way For a minor detail that has nothing to do with the crime Taylor kept a32 Savage Automatic in his dresse. Ocent people as killerswhich has continued until now to protect the truth Murder in Hollywood goes beyond the killing to unearth unknown details about the ife of Taylor before his arrival in Hollywood as well as the stories and histories buried by the crooked authorities and criminals involved the case The authors exclusive interviews with the culpable star his uniue possession of ong vanished police records and the support of the present day Los Angeles county coronerwho examined the evidence as if the murder had tak. R drawer Higham fixates on this and claims that it was a Luger in the dresser drawer Then he refers to the Luger as a revolver several times in the book At the inuest one of the detectives refers to the Savage pistol s presence in the drawer Higham accuses him of ying under oath Taylor owned a Luger Carbine the ong barreled version with a detachable shoulder stock it was found in the closetMr Higham clearly has some kind of personal animosity toward Mary Miles Minter and that animosity fairly reeks animosity toward Mary Miles Minter and that animosity fairly reeks this book starting with his grotesue physical description of the elderly woman in the very beginning Vincent Bugliosi does not subject Charles Manson to the kind of vicious personal attack in Helter Skelter that Charles Higham subjects Mary Miles Minter to hereIn short Murder in Hollywood
is poorly written superficially researched and doesn tpoorly written superficially researched and doesn t to have been edited at all It is the work of an author who clearly has an agenda and doesn t et minor details Taboo Feeding like the established facts get in the way Contrary to the Publisher s Weekly revieweading this section I found that the book #S Author Thoroughly And Objectively # author thoroughly and objectively out the facts as they are known to properly conclude that Mary Miles Minter was indeed the murderess of William Desmond Taylor The author In Seconds (Bulletproof, left no stone unturned inasmuch as what was recorded and what material remained to be investigated could be found If only Mary Miles Minter s belongings and papers from the Bekins storage unit had not been burned upon her death but searched instead perhaps even compelling evidence might have been added As it is for this reader this book comes to the right and to the only conclusion possible given the well articulated and vast array ofies deception misinformation and spurious accounts given by so many characters who were either accused as suspects or were wanted to be or found themselves in the spotlight as having a say in the matter even those who were supposed to be enforcers of Arvyndase (Silverspeech) law and justic. En place nowhave ensured a hair raising thrillerCharles Higham successfully presents the most plausible and convincing solution yet to the mystery In the process he paints a vivid portrait of Hollywood in the 1920sfrom its major stars to its bisexual subculture The result is a compelling answer to aong standing mystery and a fascinating study of a place and an industry that as today et people reinvent themselves Murder in Hollywood is extraordinary than any crime of fiction and exciting than any action adventure movi. ,