This week on BuzzFeed Unsolved, we investigate the murder of William Desmond Taylor, a notable film director in 1920’s Hollywood. Let’s peek behind the curtain and see a little bit behind the glitz and the glamour. – Well, but you know what they say. It’s not all glitz and glamour. But you just said that, right? – Yeah. – Ah, I don’t know how else to restate it. Sometimes people get murdered in Hollywood. Let’s get into it. – Hollywood. February 2, 1922. The crime: murder. And what would become one of the biggest scandals to rock early Hollywood. The victim: film director William Desmond Taylor. Known by his friends as Bill. Born in Carlow, Ireland on April 26, 1872. Directing more than 40 films for what is now known as Paramount and working with Tinseltown’s brightest stars.
Taylor was well-liked, respected, and seen as a leading filmmaker. Taylor himself even starred in one of the first feature films that would define Hollywood and would later serve as President of the Motion Picture Directors Association for several years. By all accounts, William Desmond Taylor was a glimmering beacon in the cinema firmament. – Forty movies in 1920 equates to two weeks of work? – Yeah, ’cause they… – This movie’s called “Man Drops Potato.” – Yeah. And there was like shooting ten movies at the same time, in the same room. – Uh huh. – No sound. – He’s got six cigars in his mouth. He’s operating seven different cameras. – He also acted in one. And that became a Hollywood classic. – Was he a good actor? – He only acted in one so… – Nope. – He was a big deal back then, all right? – Okay. – Leave WDT alone. – Okay. – Jesus. – Look, I’m not calling into question his talent.
– Yeah. – Or his reputation. – This is coming from the auteur of “Dogs Watch Television for the First Time.” – It’s a good video. – Picture if you will the scene of the crime. Nestled on the corner of Alvarado and Maryland, in the posh L.A. neighborhood of Westlake Park, sits the luxurious apartment of William Desmond Taylor. The time: a.m. February 2nd. Taylor’s valet, Henry Peavey, arrives at his usual time to make breakfast for Taylor.
Upon opening the door, Peavey spots the obscured feet of his boss on the ground. He calls out to Taylor. No response. Creeping in a bit farther, Peavey discovers to his horror the body of William Desmond Taylor, fully dressed, lying face up with blood around his mouth. No sign of a struggle is immediately apparent. It’s assumed he died of natural causes. Peavey’s shouts alert the neighbors, many of them Hollywood stars and starlets themselves, who gradually shuffle into Taylor’s apartment. – Who’s there? Like Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin? “Let’s get a load of this bloody man.” – Well, the thing is, he lived in an apartment complex that was very luxurious and there was a lot of people who were already in Hollywood living next door.
– Wow, that’s fun. – It was a wild scene. “It was a wild scene.” – It is! – The last thing you want when there’s a crime scene that’s fresh is everybody shuffling in their fucking night robes. – Walking in with cosmopolitans. – Yeah, exactly. “Wonder what’s goin’ on here. “Ew, gross. Blood. “Oh, I got it on my shoe. “Let me rub it off on this carpet.” That kind of thing. – Yeah. – You don’t want that in a crime scene. – a.m.
The police arrive on the scene. a.m. Coroner William Macdonald arrives to move and examine the body. And it becomes quite obvious; this death was not due to natural causes. They lift Taylor’s body to reveal a pool of blood staining the carpet where Taylor lay. A .38 caliber bullet had entered the left side of his back. Based on the placement of the bullet holes in Taylor’s jacket and vest, officials conclude that his arms were raised at the time he was shot. Bizarrely, the police would later consider this could mean Taylor was embracing somebody who then shot him in the back. – Meaning they shot him while they were hugging him. And then, boom. – Or just from the… Like, boom. – No, but he got shot in the back. It went through the back. – He got shot in the back? – That seems awkward. – Right? – Also, wouldn’t you shoot yourself? – Wouldn’t you shoot yourself? I don’t know, bullets…
Do they stay in a body or do they just… Yeah, they stay in a body, right? – Well, there’s exit wounds sometimes, and this one had an exit wound. – So it would’ve shot the person. – Unless they planned it so that they were like, kind of like an ole situation where he’s like, and move like that. – Or like, Yeah, they’re like, running with the bulls… Something like that, yeah. …except it’s a bullet. Police also supposedly find a silky garment, pinkish in color that “resembled a nightgown.” Detectives Sargent Edward King later tells reporters he thinks it belonged to a woman.
A robbery is ruled out as Taylor’s wallet was left behind with $78 cash inside, as well as other valuable items in the home. Shortly after the discovery of the bullet wound, the Alvarado Court Apartments are filled with reporters and photographers from every L.A. newspaper, as well as several papers outside of L.A. Amidst the chaos of the crime scene, one detail worth mentioning is the fact that before police and reporters arrived, Paramount’s studio manager Charles Eyton visited the crime scene upon hearing the news.
It’s believed that Eyton removed evidence from Taylor’s apartment that morning in an attempt to avoid or at least minimize the scandal. Some even believe he may have planted false evidence such as pink lingerie, perhaps to hide the fact that, as one theory had it, Taylor was a homosexual. Detective Sargent Edward King, who was assigned to the Taylor case, is among those who believed Paramount was taking measures to keep silent their stars who may have had useful information on the chance that it would implicate them.
When considering their roster of stars associated with the case, the motive for the studio interfering was quite strong. Though, this only leads to more questions. What was Eyton cleaning up? And whom was he covering for? – [Shane] So the studio heads back then… Sort of playing God. – Yeah, sort of, yeah, like a little bit of a God complex. Any time a major studio and a person in a position of power starts tampering with any kind of case like this, things aren’t what they seem, obviously. All bets are off. Got those dirty, dirty Hollywood fingers all over it. – This is like a classic dirty Hollywood story.
It stink, man. It stinks, yeah. All the way up to the top. – It’s makin’ my mouth dry. That’s better. Poppy. Let’s take a look at the night before the body is discovered. The night that Taylor was shot. p.m. Hollywood comedy star Mabel Normand, the last person known to have seen Taylor alive, leaves Taylor’s home and is driven off by her chauffeur, William Davis. p.m. A sound that could have been a gunshot is heard by actor and neighbor, Douglas MacLean, and his wife, Faith. This possible gunshot is also heard by apartment manager, E.C. Jeseren, who writes it off as a misidentification when no other disturbance follows. At first I thought, that’s a bit suspicious. But then the more I thought about it, I was thinking… You write it off last night, I was in my apartment, and in the hallway I heard what, at first, I thought was a woman like, maybe, in pain or in distress.
At first, it was, “ahhh!” and I was like, “Oh, no. “Is someone in my building in trouble?” And then I just put my ear by the door and it changed to, “Eohhh, uhhh, ohhh!” It could have been someone in distress, but my brain immediately was like, “I think someone’s having sex in the elevator.” And then the elevator door closes and I stopped hearing anything so… It’s a bit much to confront the fact that, “Hey, maybe someone’s being murdered right now.” It’s a lot.
It’s a lot. – So you take, maybe not consciously, you take the easy way out. Much like you take the easy way out when you’re confronted with ghost evidence. Oh, win. – Ryan, not the season for it. – Shoes pivoting. – Nope! – Just thought I’d make that point. – Let’s not discuss that this season. After hearing this sound, Faith MacLean spots a man outside Taylor’s home. She does not get a good look at the man’s face, but sees that he is clean shaven, white, of medium build, around 5’9″, and dressed in dark clothing and a cap. She would later say, “He was dressed like my idea of a motion-picture burglar.” – Sounds like a hunk, right? Well, it sounds like someone went to Party City and was like, “Make me look like a criminal.” He have a cape? No, he didn’t have a cape.
He wasn’t Zorro. The man seems to notice Faith watching him, but does not appear to be alarmed or in any hurry. Faith sees the man look back into Taylor’s home for a moment as if saying goodbye. Then, the man leaves, closing Taylor’s door behind him. At the time, Faith does not think much of it. I don’t know how she didn’t think much of that. You say he’s dressed like a cat burglar. He’s poking around this guys’ house. You heard something that sounded like a gunshot.
I think all those things together may make me think a little bit about it. What if he was just turning around, though, and like, it looked like he was saying goodbye, but what if he just sorta did a double take like, “That’s a wrap.” Howard Fellows, Taylor’s chauffeur at the time of his death, moves Taylor’s car into the garage. When he goes to drop off the keys at Taylor’s apartment, Taylor does not answer his door, despite the lights being on inside.
It’s assumed by police that Taylor was already dead at this time. The next day, police would find six cigarette butts in the alley behind Taylor’s and the MacLean’s apartments. The MacLean’s maid, Kristina Jewett, heard footsteps in this alley around the time of the supposed gunshot. Perhaps the killer bided his time until he saw an opportunity to strike. Why is this unsolved? Seems like a… Seems like they’re really zeroing in here. Well, we don’t know who the man is. And most importantly, we don’t know if the man was acting independently. Looks like you’re jumping to conclusions. – Yeah, I am. Yeah… Maybe that detective mind of yours isn’t as strong as you thought.
– No, no, no. It’s pretty strong. I have a strong brain. Also left out was the testimony of two men who claimed an unknown man inquired where Taylor lived around p.m. on the night of murder at a nearby gas station. The man’s description was similar to Faith MacLean’s. Although, this man was wearing a dark suit. Yeah, he’s at a gas station? He’s at a gas station near– – Maybe buyin’ more smokes. There it is. See there, he’s back! He’s back. Yeah, he was asking where Taylor lived. He was at a gas station near where Taylor lived already. – [Shane] Wait, he was asking where Tay– – [Ryan] He was asking these two men at a gas station, at p.m., two hours before the gunshot, where Taylor lived. – Oh, I missed that part entirely. – I guess the detective mind is actually not there at all. – Ah, interesting. – [Narrator] Exiting the events of that night, let’s examine odd events that, perhaps, foreshadowed Taylor’s demise. (phone ringing) Towards the end of 1921, Taylor had received several mysterious and unnerving phone calls seemingly with nobody on the other end of the line when he answered.
Additionally, Taylor’s home was robbed on December 4, 1921. The thief had taken jewelry and the special imported cigarettes Taylor smoked, which had gold tips. On December 27th, he received a strange package. And for more details on that, let’s get into our first suspect. The first suspect is Edward F. Sands, who had previously served as Taylor’s secretary slash valet slash cook. In 1921, Sands had forged checks from Taylor for more than $5,000.
Also taking jewelry and clothing before eventually disappearing. Sands had previously been court-martialed for embezzlement and dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. According to actress Clair Windsor, Taylor had voiced his intention to skill Sands if he ever saw him again. – [Ryan] $5,000 back then, it’s actually quite a bit of cash. – [Shane] Yeah. So, oh! So Taylor was going to kill him! – [Ryan] Yeah because he had stolen so much from him. – [Shane] That’s so strange. Do you think he meant it? – [Ryan] I mean, it could have been like, “I’m gonna kill him next time I see him,” and then you see him and you’re like, “Hey!” – [Shane] Yeah, right. I can’t imagine he’d see him at like the Copacabana and he just…
– [Ryan] Just pull out a gun and shoot him. – [Shane] Yeah, yeah. – [Ryan] No, I think he was angry with him is what we’ll get from that. – [Shane] Mmm… – [Ryan] This is just demonstrating that there is bad blood between the two of them. – [Shane] Yes. – [Narrator] This conversation was several days before Taylor himself was murdered, further demonstrating a grudge. Sands had spent time digging up dirt on Taylor’s private life before finally absconding with his money. This snooping brings us to one of the weirdest twists in the case. The revelation that Taylor wasn’t who he said he was and Sands, perhaps, knew it. As mentioned before, Taylor had received a strange package on December 27th.
The package was postmarked from Stockton, California and contained a pawn slip for the jewelry that was stolen on December 4th. The pawn slips had been signed William Deane-Tanner, which as Taylor’s murder investigation would reveal, was Taylor’s real name. Along with the pawn slip was a note that read, “So sorry to inconvenience you, even temporarily. “Also observe the lesson of the forced sale of assets. “A Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.” Also notable was the name used to sign the note. “Alias Jimmy V.” This could possibly be a reference to the film “Alias Jimmy Valentine,” a movie about a thief who frequently alludes the cops.
More importantly, this note suggests the thief, possibly Sands, stole the jewelry and then pawned it off using Taylor’s real name to taunt him as Sands likely knew there was a reason Taylor had changed his name. Before making the change, Taylor had started and deserted a family. A past he had hidden to preserve his reputation. Perhaps knowing this, Sands sent this note and jewelry pawn slips to mock Taylor. It’s worth mentioning, the handwriting on this note was similar to Sands. Police attempted to lure Sands to Los Angeles via a woman he’d dated. A ploy that did not work. And police were never able to question their major suspect. – [Ryan] I mean, it very well likely could be him. They just never were able to catch him. He’s a greasy one. – [Shane] They just couldn’t find him. – [Ryan] I mean, I don’t know, it’s 1920s.
Must be harder to find people. – [Shane] Yeah, I guess you just go find a tree to sit under somewhere. – [Ryan] Yeah, yellow pages? I don’t know. I mean, I think you’re pretty fucked once he gets passed the state border. – [Shane] Move to a new town. Tell ’em, “Hi there, my name is Ricky Goldsworth.” – [Ryan] Ricky Goldsworth. – You know, if you ever get tired of doing this, you can just move to a new town, tell ’em your name’s Ricky Goldsworth, and you’re done.
You’re set for life. – Yeah, I’d tell ’em that. I want the top house. I want the top room. – You can just move into a new town– – No, no. Yeah I can. – No, you can’t just move into a town and take a house. – I don’t think you heard me. – With what? – “I want the best house in your neighborhood “and I want it stocked with food, furnished, “and I want servants, as well. “I want butlers and you’re gonna be one.” – “Sir, you can’t.. “I’m the mayor, sir.” – “No, that’s not how this is goin’ down.” – “Oh, shit.” – “Your outfit’s in my car. “I’ll expect you at my house later, a.m. “Leave the keys under the mat.” – “Yes sir, Mr. Goldsworth.” (deep sigh) – Good Goldsworth. What a story. Goldsworth’s really comin’ into his own. – You’re talkin’ to me? (laughter) – [Narrator] The second suspect is Mabel Normand, the Queen of Comedy. Mabel was the last known person to see Taylor alive and it had been long rumored that Mabel and Taylor were intimate.
A fact that Mabel denied. Though, it’s easy to see why this was believed. One of the valuables found in Taylor’s pocket was a silver locket containing a photo of Mabel Normand, engraved with “To my dearest.” Mabel also admitted that she and Taylor had exchanged letters, which the press dubbed the “Blessed Baby letters,” named after Taylor’s pet name for Mabel, which she used when signing her letters to him. However, the letters were not found at Taylor’s apartment. Some believe these letters could have been among the evidence removed from Taylor’s apartment by studio manager Charles Eyton. – [Ryan] I think it’s pretty certain that they were in his house and they were removed, which doesn’t look good. – [Shane] The studio head removed these love letters between Mabel and… – [Ryan] Yeah, so she would sign her letters, “Blessed Baby.” – [Shane] Blessed Baby. Weird thing to sign– – [Ryan] Well that was his pet name for her, which is– – [Shane] “Oh, Blessed Baby.” (laughter) That’s, ugh.
– [Ryan] Yeah, it’s gross. – [Shane] Why does the studio head care… – [Ryan] That’s the question you should be asking. Why should he care that Mabel Normand is placed inside his apartment several times with these letters possibly. Why does he care about the relationship being public? – [Narrator] Mabel said she wouldn’t have minded if people read them, but thought that they might be “misunderstood.” Eyton would eventually turn over some of Taylor’s personal papers to the police. But it’s possible that he still retained papers the studio didn’t want them to see. – [Ryan] Well, also, what the shit? Why don’t they just get a search warrant, and go to this dude’s house, and be like, “Hey man, give us everything.” – [Shane] He owns the law, man.
– [Ryan] Oh, you think that like, the studio owns the police like in the pocket? – [Shane] Yeah, ‘course they are. – [Ryan] I mean, that’s not for sure, is it? – [Shane] You ever see L.A. Confidential? L.A. cops back in the day were in the pocket of the powerful men in the city. – [Ryan] That’s a fictional film. – [Shane] Yeah, I know. – [Narrator] On February 9th, the “Blessed Baby letters” were turned over to the Chief Deputy DA W.C.
Doran. After causing such a fuss, what did these letters day you might ask. Of what I could find, in all of what was actually handed over, one read, “Sorry I cannot dine with you tomorrow, “because I have a previous engagement with a Hindu prince. “Some other time. “Blessed Baby.” – [Ryan] Not exactly a criminal manifesto. – [Shane] No. Hey, we’ve all been to dinner with a Hindu prince. – [Ryan] Yeah! Yeah, right? That’s just something you do. – [Shane] What a life she’s leading. – [Ryan] So, this could either be A: these letters were in fact very suspicious and not all of them were handed over. Or B: she was kind of worried that this may make it seem like they’re in a relationship, overreacted, and by her overreacting and saying, “These may be misunderstood,” it actually made her look more guilty.
– [Shane] Yes. – [Narrator] At the behest of District Attorney Thomas Lee Woolwine, Detective Sargent King had Mabel’s home searched in response to a tip that the murder weapon would be found in her house. During that search, two guns were uncovered, but both were .25 caliber and did not match the murder weapon. One theory holds that while Mabel didn’t murder Taylor herself, Mabel’s addiction to drugs, her association with drug dealers, and Taylor’s known insistence in helping Mabel get off drugs possibly led to someone from Mabel’s world doing the job.
– [Shane] She’s on drugs? – Yeah. – Mabel! – [Ryan] She had trouble with alcohol and drugs. To be fair, most of Hollywood had trouble with drugs back then. – [Shane] It’s just like amphetamines or somethin’? This a old-timey drug? – [Ryan] I’m not sure what the drugs were, but I know that most of Hollywood at the time was under the influence of drugs and Taylor was crusader in terms of that. He was against it. He was trying to clean Hollywood up. – [Shane] Pretty boring for him to be that way. – [Ryan] Well, I mean, maybe boring enough– – [Shane] Maybe all of Hollywood ganged up on him and said, “This guy’s a real buzzkill.” – [Narrator] Captain Edward A. Salisbury, an explorer and colleague of Taylor’s, was quoted saying, “Billy Taylor threatened to make an example “of the drug peddlers in Hollywood, “but they evidently got him first.” The third suspect is Mary Miles Minter, a 19-year-old silent film star who was vocal about her most likely unreciprocated love for Taylor, who had directed her in the past. A few love letters written by Mary to Taylor were found amongst Taylor’s possessions.
One of which read, “Dearst, I love you. “I love you. I love you. “X X X X X X X X X X. “Yours always, Mary.” – [Ryan] Not exactly a poet. (laughter) – [Shane] Very insistent. That’s a lot. – [Ryan] You know, incriminating, perhaps not. Embarrassing, definitely. – [Shane] Yeah, I wouldn’t want that. I’d kill someone if they were like, “I’m going to make this letter public.” – [Narrator] Other letters were bizarrely written in code. Though, when decoded, contained nothing but the written affections of a young girl. – [Ryan] I know that may seem weird, it is weird. – [Shane] What kind of code? – [Ryan] Like a cypher and when decoded, it was pretty much her telling him she wanted to take long drives with him, sit by the fire and snog.
– [Shane] Boy, I can’t imagine why this guy didn’t want anything to do with her. (laughter) – [Narrator] Another item turned over to police on February 9th was a lace and silk handkerchief embroidered with Mary’s initials of M-M-M. Rumors began that the pink nightgown found in the apartment also had the initials M-M-M. Both of these items could possibly place Mary in his apartment at least at some point. – [Shane] So where was the handkerchief? – [Ryan] In his apartment. – [Shane] In his apartment. – [Ryan] And so was, apparently, this nightgown. If there, in fact, is a pink nightgown in there with her initials on it, I mean, that looks like maybe they may have been intimate. At the very least, it places her inside his apartment, which all the investigators are trying to do.
– [Shane] Which to me, again, is not that suspect. – [Ryan] I suppose. – [Shane] I’ve had people in my apartment who didn’t murder me. I don’t find it that suspicious that the handkerchief was in the apartment ’cause, I don’t know, she seems to have been after him and she’s over there for a cup of tea at some point. – [Ryan] Or maybe she could have mailed it to him. – Yeah, just like, “Here’s my scent. “I’m a weirdo, remember?” – “Smell it before you go to sleep at night think of…” – “Think of the drives we might take. “I love you, I love you, I love you.” – “You decoded the letter, right?” – “Yeah, I’ll get to that.” – [Narrator] Though, interestingly, Mary claimed that she and Taylor had never been intimate. Mary also stated that she did not believe that any of the men she had rebuffed would be jealous enough to kill Taylor.
After hearing that Taylor had been shot, Mary showed up at his apartment in dramatic fashion as reporters took note. – [Shane] I love it! Her showing up in dramatic fashion, though. That’s just her, you know, going to the hot party of the… If all, like you say, all the big stars are there, like, “Oh… Oh and here she comes “slipping in a fresh puddle of blood.” – [Ryan] You think they were taking selfies with the body or something? – [Shane] Well, maybe. I don’t know. It seemed like it was the hot ticket. – [Ryan] Well, I looked at that more, with a more incriminating lens. I thought it was her putting on a show to show that she was remorseful so that in the case of a murder investigation, everyone would have taken note how heartbroken she was. – [Narrator] Aside from a possible motive of killing Taylor due to being rejected, there isn’t much to implicate Mary.
It’s more likely her relationship with Taylor boiled down as a way to escape from her overbearing stage mother, Charlotte Shelby. Who, by the way, is our fourth and final suspect. Charlotte Shelby, mother of Mary Miles Minter, pushed her daughter into acting at a young age. Mary was actually originally named Juliet and Shelby even went as far as having Mary steal the identity of a dead cousin named Mary Minter to make Juliet older on paper so that Mary slash Juliet could continue working. From then on, Juliet went by Mary Miles Minter. – [Shane] Classic stage mom. – [Ryan] That is fucking insane. – [Shane] I mean, we’ve talked about stage moms before. I think it’s a little strange to take your little child, dress them up like a little pony, put them out on a stage, “Ohh, dance for the people. “Dance.” – [Ryan] “Dance!” – [Shane] You’re three years old! – [Ryan] “Dance for them and make sure you refer to yourself “by the name of your dead cousin.” – [Shane] It’s very strange.
– [Ryan] It’s one thing to have a stage name, right? It’s another thing to steal the identity of a dead family member so that you could go recite Hamlet. It’s fucking strange. – I don’t think she was reciting Hamlet. – You get what I’m saying. (laughter) – [Narrator] Shelby was a reported suspect because she’d been angry with Taylor for her belief that he deflowered her daughter. Once Charlotte Shelby learned of this, she started several arguments with Taylor for getting too close to her daughter. Shelby’s relationship with her daughter was already strained to begin with and it’s conceivable that there was jealousy that she was losing her daughter to an older man. According to some accounts, Shelby had even threatened to kill Taylor on more than one occasion if he got too close to Mary again. Both an author of a book on the case, as well as a film director who planned to adapt the case into a film believed that Shelby is the most likely culprit. If you’ll recall, police speculated that Taylor was shot during an embrace.
Perhaps that embrace was a faux-olive branch extended by Shelby to Taylor to lure him into a trap. – [Shane] Mmm… – [Ryan] She’s the only one I could see who would have fake-hugged him so she could shoot him. – [Shane] Yeah. Yeah. – [Ryan] ‘Cause maybe it’s like, “Bury the hatchet. “It’s okay that you’re dating my daughter. “I approve. You’re dead.” – [Shane] That’s pretty good. I like this lady as a suspect. – [Ryan] A lot of people like her as a suspect. – Yeah? God, I love the hug murder. That’s good. – It is, right? – Especially if it’s her, you know, I’m picturing like, Anjelica Huston.
Just sort of embracing and just eyes. – And then, yeah, while the hand is there, putting her back, taking the gun to the back, boom. It doesn’t even seem very logical or effective. I feel like you’re more likely to shoot yourself. But, you know, old Hollywood. She was a stage mom. She liked theatricality. – [Narrator] There were rumors that Shelby and District Attorney Thomas Lee Woolwin were friends and perhaps, romantically interested in one another, opening the door for some to suspect a cover-up.
– [Shane] She’s just sleeping with the detective? – [Ryan] The district attorney. – District attorney? – Yeah. – They were just like, “A dame, huh?” (laughter) “I guess I’ll cover-up a murder for her. “As long as she’s smoochin’ me.” – (laughter) Exactly. – Push a bunch of files into the garbage and that’s a cover-up. “Cover-up what you can. “Let’s make some more pictures.” – She seems the most likely suspect to me. On that, we agree. – The only thing that’s weird about Charlotte Shelby being the culprit is that the MacLean’s saw a white male leave the apartment around the time of the gunshot. – I mean, there could have been two people there. – I guess she could have hired someone to do the whacking for her. – That’s true. – [Narrator] William Desmond Taylor’s high profile murder continues to baffle. An intertwined web of stardom, lust, jealousy, and rage set against the backdrop of the false facade of glitz and glamour in an immoral Hollywood. In the end, all we can do is take a guess as to who was truly responsible. But for now, the case remains unsolved..
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