Hollywood & Crime

Hollywood and Crime is a ground-breaking true crime series about the most infamous murders in Tinseltown history. In The Black Dahlia Serial Killers, host Tracy Pattin investigates the sensational unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short. Known as the Black Dahlia, Short was a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947. Many remember her tragic story, yet few know that more than a dozen other women died in s...more


  • Accused Returns for a New Season

    Dec 06 2019

    In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill...more

  • Introducing Detective Trapp

    Nov 19 2019

    Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trap...more

  • The Dating Game Killer: Tali

    May 16 2019

    Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan witnesses the event and calls the police, who arrive in time to save the young girl’s life. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds a student photo ID of the probable assailant. His name: Rodney Alcala.Want more of the latest season, The Dating Game Killer? New episodes of Hollywood & Crime are available exclusively on Luminary Media

  • New Hollywood & Crime episodes, exclusively on Luminary!

    Apr 25 2019

    Find the new season of Hollywood & Crime, "The Dating Game Serial Killer" exclusively on Luminary. Listen now by clicking right here!

  • Introducing The Wonderland Murders by Hollywood & Crime

    May 17 2018

    The Wonderland Murders takes you on journey back to the drug- and sex-fueled world of 1970s Los Angeles, building to a brutal multiple murder just off the Sunset Strip. You can hear the first two episodes right now by searching for The Wonderland Murders on Apple Podcasts, wherever you’re listening to this, or by visiting wondery.fm/wonderland

  • 32 | Young Charlie: Coming Down Fast

    Dec 29 2017

    Susan Atkins horrified the Grand Jury on December 5, 1969 with her vivid, gruesome story of the Tate, LaBianca and Hinman murders. Other witnesses, including fellow Manson Family member Linda Kasabian, backed up and added to Atkins’ disturbing testimony.Charlie now knows for certain that the Beatles with their White Album lyrics are speaking to him directly and guiding his next moves. One thing leads to another – then on Friday night, August 8, 1969, Charlie tells his right hand man, Tex Watson,...more

  • 31 | Young Charlie: Slippies

    Dec 22 2017

    On December 4, 1969, prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi interviewed Susan Atkins and was convinced he had a case to connect Manson and his followers to all the murders. And though Manson wasn’t present at any of the actual killings, Bugliosi knew that somehow Charlie had manipulated it all.In November 1967 Charlie’s decides to move his growing family of followers to Los Angeles, so he can become more famous than the Beatles. However, his first audition doesn’t go well. Not to worry. He h...more

  • 30 | Young Charlie: Summer of Love

    Dec 15 2017

    Susan Atkins shared with two inmates the gruesome details of the Tate–LaBianca murders, the murder of Gary Hinman, and her life with cult leader, Charles Manson. One of the inmates decided she had to tell someone and reached to the L.A.P.D.It’s 1967, and Charlie is right in the middle of San Francisco’s Summer of Love. Just out of prison, he relocates to Haight-Ashbury and starts building his following. His first disciple is the homely Mary Brunner, a lonely librarian from Wisconsin.Do you love ...more

  • 29 | Young Charlie: How to Win Friends

    Dec 08 2017

    In October, 1969, another raid at the Spahn Ranch led to the arrest of a family of hippies tied to a series of crimes. Their leader gave his full name as Manson, Charles M. AKA Jesus Christ, God. One of those arrested, Susan Atkins, told her inmates an unbelievable tale of murder and mayhem. If she were to be believed, “Sexy Sadie,” AKA Sadie Mae Glutz, was one of the Tate, LaBianca and Hinman murderers.Back in the penitentiary in 1957, Charlie studies Dale Carnegie’s popular self-help book and ...more

  • 28 | Young Charlie: Crazy Charlie

    Dec 01 2017

    By September 1969, police had interviewed over three hundred people and still had no viable suspects in the Tate or LaBianca murders. It didn’t help that the two separate police departments investigating the murders were not sharing information. And no connection had yet been made between those murders and the murder of Gary Hinman in July – or to the auto theft raid at Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth in August.By 1954, Charlie has spent seven of his nineteen years in six different “institutions.” A...more

  • 27 | Young Charlie: The Ketchup Bottle Bandits

    Nov 24 2017

    On the morning of August 9, 1969, the bodies of actress Sharon Tate and four other people were discovered at the sprawling Benedict Canyon home of Miss Tate and her husband, film director Roman Polanski. The victims had all been brutally murdered. The next day, the bodies of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were discovered at their home in Los Feliz. They had been murdered in a similar, gruesome fashion.In 1939, young Charlie Manson’s mother Kathleen is arrested in Charleston, West Virginia and jailed...more

  • Bonus: Thanksgiving Binge

    Nov 16 2017

    Tracy chats with Christine Blackburn of Story Worthy about their favorite episodes on each other podcasts.Feast on these shows @ www.Wondery.com/ThanksgivingHollywood & Crime Binge:How I Built ThisStory WorthyDirty JohnS-TownSword & ScaleStory Worthy Binge:Dirty JohnIndustry Standard with Barry KatzDumb People Town with The Sklar BrothersWTF with Marc MaronFinding Mastery

  • Introducing Young Charlie by Hollywood & Crime

    Nov 08 2017

    How did Charles Manson become an evil, cunning monster?In August 1969, the world is shocked by the savage murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four others at the sprawling Hollywood Hills estate she shared with film director Roman Polanski. The following night, another couple is brutally slaughtered and panic spreads among Los Angeles residents. Four months later, the mastermind behind these vicious crimes is arrested, and the public learns the name that would haunt it to this day: Charles Mans...more

  • 26 | Cold Cases

    Nov 03 2017

    In the wrap-up of our Black Dahlia Serial Killers series, host Tracy Pattin interviewed true crime experts Joan Renner, editor of Deranged LA Crimes.com and author of The First with the Latest: Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of the City, and Jim Clemente, host of Wondery’s Real Crime Profile, as well its Best Case/Worst Case and Locked Up Abroad podcasts. He’s also a writer/producer for Criminal Minds on CBS and creator of Discovery’s Manhunt: Unabomber. Tracy int...more

  • 25 | Missing Persons

    Oct 27 2017

    In June 1949, more than a year after the Kern murder, another body was found. Louise Springer, a successful young hairdresser, was carjacked in a parking lot on Crenshaw Boulevard, just five blocks from the site at 39th and Norton where Elizabeth Short’s body had been dumped two and a half years earlier. Four days later, Louise’s body was found in the back seat of her car, which had been abandoned on a downtown side street. The manhunt that ensued was the largest in the city since the Black...more

  • 24 | The Best Suspect Ever

    Oct 20 2017

    Eight months passed and then, on Valentine’s Day 1948, there were two attacks. Viola Norton survived an assault by two men who abducted her in Alhambra, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles, and drove her 16 miles to Leimert Park. She was found clinging to life the next morning, a few blocks south of 39th and Norton, where the Black Dahlia’s body was found. That same day, realtor Gladys Kern was stabbed in the back while showing a house in the Hollywood Hills. Her body was found two days later, laid...more

  • 23 | The Silk Stocking Murder

    Oct 13 2017

    On June 21, 1947, six months after the murder of the Black Dahlia, another shocking homicide stole the Werewolf killer’s spotlight. Top Hollywood mobster Bugsy Siegel was assassinated in a Beverly Hills mansion. In a book written decades later, an author claimed Siegel killed Elizabeth Short -- making Bugsy the most notorious among dozens of suspects in the Dahlia case. And then, 12 days after Siegel’s funeral, the Werewolf grabbed the headlines again after the nude, mutilated body of Rosenda Mo...more

  • 22 | The Last Stop

    Oct 06 2017

    Just ten days after Dorothy Montgomery’s body was found, another wife and mother was attacked – this time in Long Beach, a port city about 25 miles south of L.A. Laura Trelstad was last seen leaving a Mother’s Day party to go dancing  at the Pike, a giant seaside amusement park downtown. Her body was found in the pre-dawn hours at the Signal Hill oil field a few miles north of her home. Police tracked Laura’s movements on her final night to a downtown bar and then onto a bus heading home at...more

  • Introducing Dirty John

    Oct 02 2017

    A true story about seduction, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times. Listen to the rest of Dirty John and subscribe here so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn

  • 21 | Sadist Slayer

    Sep 29 2017

    The fourth victim in the mutilation murders of 1947 was Dorothy Montgomery – a mother, homemaker and a teetotaling churchwoman -- whose nude body was found sprawled beneath a pepper tree in L.A.’s southeast suburbs.  Unlike the previous victims, Dorothy was not engaged in high risk behavior – she was abducted from her car while waiting to pick up her daughter after a dance. And yet, like the others, she was brutally murdered and horrifically mutilated. Who would so such a thing? Was it the ...more

  • Coming soon: Hollywood & Crime S.2

    Sep 15 2017

    The ground-breaking serialized docu-drama returns September 29th.

  • 20 | Noir L.A. – Hollywood and Vice with Special Guest Tere Tereba

    Sep 15 2017

    Tere Tereba (Author of Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster) discusses all aspects of vice that ran rampant in Los Angeles in the 1940s – with Hollywood & Crime host Tracy Pattin.Featured stories include movie star extortion (courtesy of Jimmy Tarantino and Hollywood Night Life), illegal gambling in Burbank at the conveniently located Dincara Stock Farm, prostitution with Vice Queen Brenda Allen, and several big stars on the fringes of mob influence, i...more

  • 19 | Noir L.A. – Hollywood and Headlines with Special Guest Joan Renner

    Sep 08 2017

    Historian Joan Renner (Author of The First with the Latest!: Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City) discusses the news media, the relationship between the Press and the Police in Los Angeles in the 1940s, and three women who not only wrote the headlines, but also made them – with Hollywood & Crime host, Tracy Pattin.Featured stories include Aggie Underwood, ace reporter and first female City Editor of a major newspaper; Florabel Muir, a journalist...more

  • 18 | Noir L.A. – ​ Hollywood and Scandals ​ with Special Guest Martin Turnbull

    Jul 07 2017

    Martin Turnbull (Author of The Garden of Allah series of novels) ​discusses three headline-making Hollywood Scandals from the 1940s with Hollywood & Crime host Tracy Pattin. ​The featured stories include the statutory rape trial of screen star ​Errol Flynn​, the pot bust and trial of bad boy actor, Robert Mitchum, and the shocking affair of three time Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian film director Roberto Rossellini.​New to Hollywood & Crime? Subscribe h...more

  • 17 | Stunning News

    May 12 2017

    In this fifth and final special Hollywood and Crime episode host Tracy Pattin sums up these five fascinating cases with FBI Profiler and Real Crime Profile host Jim Clemente and Hollywood crime historian and author of website Deranged LA Crimes Joan Renner. They give their assessments and insights on who the murderers or murderer could be, coming to very different conclusions. Jim Clemente shares his astounding analysis—one that has never come to light until now. New to Hollywood & Crime? Subsc...more

  • 16 | A Killer's Message

    May 05 2017

    In this fourth special Hollywood and Crime episode host Tracy Pattin talks again to former FBI Profiler and Real Crime Profile Host, Jim Clemente and Hollywood Crime historian and author of website Deranged LA Crimes. This time they analyze two murders—Jeanne French and Evelyn Winters. Because Jeanne French’s murder was similar to The Black Dahlia’s, Jim looks at whether a pattern is developing asking, “Is this the work of a serial killer?” He applies his 21 Century behavioral analysis and puts ...more

  • 15 | High Risk Behavior

    Apr 28 2017

    In this third special Hollywood and Crime episode we analyze and dig into the horrific details of the most famous unsolved murder to date; that of Elizabeth Short, who will forever be known as ‘The Black Dahlia.’ Host Tracy Pattin is joined by former FBI profiler and Real Crime Profile host Jim Clemente and Hollywood crime historian Joan Renner, author of the popular website Deranged LA Crimes. Once again, Jim applies his 21st Century behavioral analysis and puts together a profile of the murd...more

  • 14 | Soldier Boy

    Apr 21 2017

    In this second special episode of Hollywood and Crime, we delve into the unsolved murder of oil heiress Georgette Bauerdorf. Host Tracy Pattin looks into the case with the help of former FBI profiler and Real Crime Profile host Jim Clemente and Hollywood crime historian Joan Renner, author of the popular website Deranged LA Crimes. Take a listen as Jim applies his 21st Century behavioral analysis and puts together a profile of the murderer. New to Hollywood & Crime? Subscribe here: smarturl.i...more

  • 13 | Death Ride

    Apr 14 2017

    In this first of five special episodes, Hollywood and Crime profiles the Black Dahlia Murders. Applying 21st Century behavioral analysis to our Season One murders, host Tracy Pattin examines each of our five 20th Century crimes with this modern twist. Joining Tracy are guest experts: former FBI profiler and Real Crime Profile host Jim Clemente and Hollywood crime historian Joan Renner, author of the popular website Deranged LA Crimes. New to Hollywood & Crime? Subscribe here: smarturl.it/hollyw...more

  • 12 | Man Crazy

    Mar 17 2017

    In late March 1947, while police in Los Angeles hunted a serial killer, FBI agents in Pittsburgh interrogated the latest prime suspect in the Black Dahlia case. An Army sergeant recounted the romantic 24 hours he’d spent with Elizabeth Short in September. He marveled at how she’d been treated like a celebrity in a Hollywood nightclub – and revealed that she was surprisingly unresponsive in bed. After the sergeant’s interview, the LAPD’s murder investigation into the Black Dahlia and the other ca...more

  • 11 | Kiss of Death

    Mar 10 2017

    After midnight on March 10, 1947, a railroad worker happened upon a woman’s body sprawled near the tracks in Downtown Los Angeles. Assuming she was drunk, he tried to kiss her – and to his horror realized that the woman was dead. Nine hours later, another dead woman turned up on a riverbank 15 miles away. Both had been beaten and strangled. Both had dark hair. The first victim was identified as Evelyn Winters; the second woman as Mae Preston. Theirs made the third and fourth murders of women in ...more

  • 10 | Dream Killer

    Mar 03 2017

    A month after the trail went cold in the Black Dahlia case police were retracing the steps of Lipstick Murder victim Jeanne French, hoping they would lead to her killer. What they found instead was another brutal murder. The victim this time was an elderly man. The killer had knocked him unconscious, butchered his body into six pieces and carefully packed the body parts into boxes. Meanwhile, as that case unfolded, Black Dahlia investigators were confronted with a series of promising leads, bloo...more

  • 9 | The Lipstick Murder

    Feb 24 2017

    On February 10th a woman’s body was found lying in the weeds in a desolate area called “the Moors.” Her face had been beaten to a pulp, and the killer had slashed her face across the mouth from ear to ear – a gruesome reminder of Elizabeth Short’s murder. Police suspected the same person might have killed both women. This latest victim was Jeanne French, once a celebrity known as the Flying Nurse. Her husband, Frank French, was instantly the prime suspect. Then a corporal at Fort Dix, New Jersey...more

  • 8 | Werewolves

    Feb 17 2017

    “Werewolves Leave a Trail of Women Murders in L.A.” Only eight days after Elizabeth Short’s body was found Herald-Express reporter Agness Underwood connected the Black Dahlia with an ever-growing list of high profile cold cases, including those of Georgette Bauerdorf and White Gardenia victim Ora Murray. Then a package arrived at the city post office containing Miss Short’s personal effects and a message made up of words and letters cut out of newspapers. “Here is Dahlia’s belongings. Letter to ...more

  • 7 | Red Herring

    Feb 10 2017

    Police investigators closed in on Suspect #1 in the sadistic murder of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia. The man they sought was Robert “Red” Manley – identified when he used his real name to check into a Pacific Coast Highway motel with Short on January 8th. That was just the first of many mistakes Red made, including lying to his wife. After his arrest, Red was questioned and given two lie detector tests. But was he guilty of more than cheating on Harriette? Police tried to piece together the...more

  • 6 | Black Dahlia

    Feb 03 2017

    Homicide detectives and reporters retraced Elizabeth Short’s steps prior to her body being discovered in Los Angeles on January 15th. Her mother, back in Massachusetts, told investigators that “Betty” had been living in San Diego. She was also traced to Long Beach, where regulars at a drugstore called her the Black Dahlia, because of the way she dressed and wore her hair. The Black Dahlia nickname captured the public’s attention and stuck. Betty was last seen on January 8th leaving San Diego wit...more

  • 5 | Jane Doe

    Jan 27 2017

    January 15, 1947: The body of a young woman was found in a vacant lot south of Hollywood. Mutilated, completely sliced in two at the waist and drained of blood, her face was slashed into the infamous “Glasgow smile.” The head of Los Angeles’ Homicide Squad called her murder one of the most brutal killings in the city’s history. It took a search of FBI fingerprint files to identify her. She was Elizabeth Short, a star-struck twenty-two-year old from Massachusetts. Although not famous in real lif...more

  • 4 | Vampire Slayer

    Jan 20 2017

    Two women are found mutilated and murdered in downtown Los Angeles. One woman’s body was lying in the doorway of the closet at the Barclay Hotel. Her leg had been hacked off at the knee; her ankle and foot tossed aside. A few hours later the second woman’s body was discovered at the Joyce Hotel. Her left breast had been severed and she had been sliced open from throat to abdomen. An APB went out for a tall thin man, whom the press would dub the Vampire Slayer – for good reason. New to Hollywood...more

  • 3 | White Gardenia

    Jan 13 2017

    Early one morning, a young boy and his dog stumbled upon the body of a woman lying on a golf course. Her name was Ora Murray, and she’d been strangled and mutilated – a white gardenia corsage still pinned to her tattered dress. In Los Angeles to visit family, Ora had gone out dancing one night at the Zenda Ballroom with her sister Latona. There they met a good-looking, friendly man, who offered to take the sisters on a tour of Hollywood in his car. Latona went home to her husband. Ora drove away...more

  • 2 | Generous Georgette

    Jan 06 2017

    After young oil heiress Georgette Bauerdorf was found raped and strangled in her Sunset Strip apartment, police turned their attention to the famous Hollywood Canteen, where she volunteered as a junior hostess. A soldier referred to as the Jitterbug Dancer quickly became Suspect #1. But he was just the first of many suspects. Although hostesses were strictly forbidden to socialize with servicemen, it turned out Georgette allowed dozens of men to sleep over and that she'd been generous with both ...more

  • 1 | Bathtub Murder

    Jan 06 2017

    When beautiful young heiress Georgette Bauerdorf was found dead in her luxurious Sunset Strip apartment, police assumed it was just a tragic accident. The housekeepers discovered her body submerged face down in the bathtub with the hot water tap still on. Her father in New York speculated her heart had failed, and she drowned in the bath water. But after a delay of thirty hours, the autopsy report told another story. New to Hollywood & Crime? Subscribe here: smarturl.it/hollywoodandcrime Thank...more

  • Coming Soon

    Dec 19 2016

    From Wondery, a new true crime series will immerse you in both the glamour and the underbelly of Hollywood in the 20th century. In season one, Tracy Pattin reopens the murder of Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia, and seven other similar cases around the same time. Premieres January 6th. Subscribe today on smarturl.it/hollywoodandcrime