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1922 William Desmond Taylor murder....



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February 03, 1922

TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE, February 3, 1922

* William Desmond Taylor shot dead

The top of the front page has a two column headline: "WOMAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF A MOVIE DIRECTOR" with subhead. (see) First report coverage on the murder of famed actor and director William Desmond Taylor which is still unsolved till this day.
Sixteen pages, light toning and a little wear along the margins, generally good. Should be handled with care.

wikipedia notes: William Desmond Taylor (April 26, 1872 – February 1, 1922) was an Irish-born American actor, successful film director of silent movies and a popular figure in the growing Hollywood film colony of the 1910s and early 1920s. His murder on February 1, 1922, along with other Hollywood scandals such as the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, led to a frenzy of sensationalistic and often fabricated newspaper reports. In the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, the name Norma Desmond is a reference to both Taylor's middle name and one of his actress friends, Mabel Normand. Taylor's murder remains officially unsolved.

Category: The 20th Century