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Murder in Hollywoodland

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Old Hollywood is the perfect backdrop for an unsolved murder, and given our current, seemingly insatiable fascination with true crime, even better if it’s a real one. Hence, the 1922 shooting of prominent filmmaker William Desmond Taylor—who directed more than 60 films, including Anne of Green Gables and Huckleberry Finn—proves ideal source material for the six-part podcast series Murder in Hollywoodland. Structured as a whodunit and paced like a thriller, the story unfolds with re-created snippets from the leading actors who knew him best, including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Miles Minter, Mabel Normand, and Mack Sennett. But the question that lurks in every corner is not only who is responsible but how much did the studios know? —Bridget Arsenault

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