Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley

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The pleasant neighborhoods of the Crescenta Valley offer no hint of the many violent and heinous crimes that have occurred between the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. But ties to such macabre episodes as the Onion Field murder and the search for the Hillside Strangler left lasting scars here. Infamous criminals such as mafia boss Joe "Iron Man" Ardizzone, red-light bandit Caryl Chessman and accused yacht bomber Beulah Overell have left a black eye on La Cresecenta's history--not to mention the "Rattlesnake Murder," "Female Bluebeard" and "Santa Claus Killer." Join historians Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler as they expose the crimes and criminals that have inflicted murder and mayhem in Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and La Canada Flintridge.
ISBN: 9781609499976
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Images: 36
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mike Lawler is the recent past president of the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley. He has written a column on local history for the La Crescenta Weekly and his books include Images of America: La Crescenta, Then & Now: La Crescenta and The Great Crescenta Valley Flood. Gary Keyes taught history for 45 years at Crescenta Valley High School and has always had a fascination with the darker aspects of Crescenta Valley's history.
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