Death at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles

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Built during Los Angeles’s rapid growth in the Roaring Twenties, the Beaux Arts–style Cecil Hotel was briefly a glimmering downtown landmark until it became one of the most infamous sites of violence and murder in the country. Nicknamed “The Suicide,” the Cecil was the eerie location of more than a dozen people taking their own lives going back to the 1940s and ’50s. Rumors still swirl that Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, frequented the hotel in the days before her gruesome murder. Serial killer Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez lived at the Cecil for long stays in the 1980s. Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger murdered three sex workers while a guest at the Cecil in 1991. Author Dale Perelman charts the brutal and mysterious history of Los Angeles’s most notorious hotel.
ISBN: 9781467150187
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: True Crime
Images: 55
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dale Richard Perelman also has written Mountain of Light: The Story of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, The Regent: The Story of the Regent Diamond, Centenarians: One Hundred 100-Year-Olds Who Made a Difference, Lessons My Father Taught Me, Steel: The History of Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Industry, 1852–1902, Road to Rust: The Disintegration of the Steel Industry in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, New Castle’s Kadunce Murders and The Scottish Rite Cathedral (cowritten with Rob Cummings). Mr. Perelman currently is completing a book on former baseball player and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner. Perelman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Brown University, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a gemologist’s designation from the GIA and a summer writer’s certificate of completion from Yale University.
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