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News Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Media Relations

Chief Bratton and James Ellroy Book Signing


Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and James Ellroy - best-selling author of crime fiction books such as The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, and the recently released Destination Morgue

Thursday, December 16, 2004 , 7-9 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Historical Society, Los Angeles Police Museum Jail 6045 York Boulevard, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and best-selling author James Ellroy will be holding a book signing for the recently published Scene of the Crime: Photographs from the LAPD Archive.

About Scene of the Crime: Photographs from the LAPD Archive

Los Angeles in the decades after the Depression was a smoldering powder keg of vice, corruption, violence, and some of the most sensational crimes in American history. These included the Black Dahlia slaying, the Onion Field murder, silent film star Thelma Todd’s mysterious death, the killing of Kansas City gangsters “The Two Tony’s” by Jimmie “The Weasel” Fratiano. These cases and many more were captured in striking crime scene and forensic photographs by the Los Angeles Police Department. Recently discovered in a forgotten warehouse, the photos are now published for the first time, accompanied by captions from police logs and original newspaper accounts, which reveal the true stories behind these powerful images.

Revealing the underbelly of Los Angeles from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, these images are disquieting and brutal, with an atmospheric, eerie beauty that belies their documentary purpose. This is noir for art’s sake.

Scene of the Crime: Photographs from the LAPD Archive includes an introduction by best-selling author James Ellroy and a foreword by Police Chief William Bratton. It is published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (ISBN: 0-8109-5002-2; $35.00; 240 pages with 155 duotone illustrations).

This news advisory was prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.