7 episodes

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.
Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar

Murder in Hollywoodland Wondery

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    • 4.0, 55 Ratings

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.
Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar

    The Confession | 6

    The Confession | 6

    Detective King finally gets his day in court with the primary suspect. But has he really found the truth? That’s the question an aging Hollywood director will ask nearly 40 years later when he decides to re-examine the case in hopes of reviving his career. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Final Days | 5

    The Final Days | 5

    William Desmond Taylor grows increasingly anxious in the weeks leading up to his death. Detective King comes face-to-face with his primary suspect. And a surprise witness emerges with shocking allegations that force the hand of a new district attorney.

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    Charlotte's Web | 4

    Charlotte's Web | 4

    While the search for one of the prime suspects continues, investigators uncover a surprising lead that will take them into the underbelly of Hollywood studios fueled by drugs. Meanwhile, studio head Adolph Zukor arrives in Hollywood to try and control the situation and Detective King discovers explosive evidence that puts someone at the scene of the crime.

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    • 54 min
    There's Something About Mary | 3

    There's Something About Mary | 3

    A prime suspect emerges, but Detective Ed King still has more questions than answers. King interviews a young starlet who was in love with the slain director, and the district attorney meets with the starlet’s overbearing mother.

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    • 55 min
    Mabel | 2

    Mabel | 2

    A district attorney with ulterior motives assigns the Taylor case to a new lead investigator. An anonymous letter tells authorities where to find the murder weapon, and evidence starts to point to the women in Taylor’s life, starting with the director’s closest friend — A-list comedy actress Mabel Normand.

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    • 53 min
    The Crime Scene | 1

    The Crime Scene | 1

    The murder of William Desmond Taylor rocks Hollywood. Within hours, everyone has heard the news and is asking the same question: why would anyone want Taylor dead? After examining the crime scene, detectives start narrowing in on the first suspects in this shocking crime.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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