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A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more! Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where els A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more! Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where else does a list of a city’s top five most recognized citizens include a mass murderer? Stand in the footsteps of Manson, the Hillside Strangler, the Night Stalker, the Black Dahlia’s killer, and the Onion Field slayers. Visit crime scenes where Hollywood’s weird history took fatal turns for O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Ramon Novarro, Phil Hartman, Dorothy Stratten, Sal Mineo, and so many others. “Meticulously researched guide book into the baddest of the bad in LaLa Land."—STEVE HODEL, New York Times bestselling author of “Black Dahlia Avenger” OUTLAW LOS ANGELES continues the series that critics, true-crime fans, historians, and travelers have hailed as “thorough and unflinching” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” Dozens of fascinating stories in OUTLAW LOS ANGELES are told in the same fast-paced, enthralling voice that’s made Ron Franscell one of America’s most beloved crime writers … and the Crime Buff’s Guides a three-time winner of TrueCrimeZine.com’s Book of the Year! Buy Now On Pre-Order And Save!


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A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more! Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where els A sunset cruise through a place where ordinary inhumanities are entertainment—with GPS coordinates, photos and more! Los Angeles is where America’s dreams and nightmares got all tangled up. In this otherworldly place of seemingly everlasting life, death could have an otherworldly quality, too. In a city where anything was possible, even the ghastly could happen. Where else does a list of a city’s top five most recognized citizens include a mass murderer? Stand in the footsteps of Manson, the Hillside Strangler, the Night Stalker, the Black Dahlia’s killer, and the Onion Field slayers. Visit crime scenes where Hollywood’s weird history took fatal turns for O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Ramon Novarro, Phil Hartman, Dorothy Stratten, Sal Mineo, and so many others. “Meticulously researched guide book into the baddest of the bad in LaLa Land."—STEVE HODEL, New York Times bestselling author of “Black Dahlia Avenger” OUTLAW LOS ANGELES continues the series that critics, true-crime fans, historians, and travelers have hailed as “thorough and unflinching” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” Dozens of fascinating stories in OUTLAW LOS ANGELES are told in the same fast-paced, enthralling voice that’s made Ron Franscell one of America’s most beloved crime writers … and the Crime Buff’s Guides a three-time winner of TrueCrimeZine.com’s Book of the Year! Buy Now On Pre-Order And Save!

30 review for Crime Buff's Guide To OUTLAW LOS ANGELES

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love reading this kind of thing. It's a sickness, I'm sure! What I really liked was the Hollywood crimes. If this book had been all about old Hollywood's murders then I'd of given the book 5 stars. I did learn a few things that I didn't know, and the book was well researched, and oddly enough funny in places. The author has a fine sense of the sarcastic. I personally am not the type to visit crime scenes as its just too real and raw, but the author has provided g.p.s. coordinates to the crime I love reading this kind of thing. It's a sickness, I'm sure! What I really liked was the Hollywood crimes. If this book had been all about old Hollywood's murders then I'd of given the book 5 stars. I did learn a few things that I didn't know, and the book was well researched, and oddly enough funny in places. The author has a fine sense of the sarcastic. I personally am not the type to visit crime scenes as its just too real and raw, but the author has provided g.p.s. coordinates to the crime scenes and burial places of victims and murderers alike....so if you're into that, then this is the perfect book for you! My thanks to WildBlue Press and Netgalley for the arc. Honestly, Mr. Franscell did a great job on this book, and I'd willingly read his other Outlaw books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    As the title states, this book is designed to be a guide to crimes and assorted mishaps that took place in the Los Angeles area. At the start of each entry, we're given the address and GPS coordinates of the location where the crime took place. The author then gives us a brief account of the story and the people involved. If you live in or plan on visiting the Los Angeles area, this is a handy book to use for a self-guided tour of the locations of some notorious crimes. I don't live in or plan o As the title states, this book is designed to be a guide to crimes and assorted mishaps that took place in the Los Angeles area. At the start of each entry, we're given the address and GPS coordinates of the location where the crime took place. The author then gives us a brief account of the story and the people involved. If you live in or plan on visiting the Los Angeles area, this is a handy book to use for a self-guided tour of the locations of some notorious crimes. I don't live in or plan on visiting LA, but it was fun to take a Google Earth tour of the locations as I read each entry. I have to say that it must suck for the new(er) owners of the homes mentioned, having found themselves on a crime buff's tour. The author stresses the issue of private property, so do follow his advice and only look from a distance. The events discussed span a couple of centuries, from the very old to the fairly recent. The book's layout is not in chronological order, and there is no date with each entry's title and location. Consequently, it often took me a paragraph of so to orient myself in the time of the event. I would have liked an ordered timeline and/or headings clearly stating the dates. The writing style is conversational, with no formality. At times sentence structure is a little awkward but, in fairness, I read a review copy and wording might have changed before publication. Whether you're interested in LA's criminal history or you enjoy true crime in general, this book offers some interesting stories. Many are infamous, while others I'd never heard of. Some are gruesome and a few made me laugh. This is definitely a well balanced assortment of stories. *I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    One of a series of guidebooks showing you where crimes took place in different areas of the US, kind of like a guided tour. Ron Franscell takes you on a bloody murder tour, this time of Los Angeles, one crime scene at a time. Until you know it's most famous macabre history inside and out. From the better known ones like the Black Dahlia and Manson, O. J. and the Onion Field slayers, to lesser known and older crimes. It's very thorough, showing both addresses and GPS coordinates for most location One of a series of guidebooks showing you where crimes took place in different areas of the US, kind of like a guided tour. Ron Franscell takes you on a bloody murder tour, this time of Los Angeles, one crime scene at a time. Until you know it's most famous macabre history inside and out. From the better known ones like the Black Dahlia and Manson, O. J. and the Onion Field slayers, to lesser known and older crimes. It's very thorough, showing both addresses and GPS coordinates for most locations to get you as close as possible to where it actually happened. This guide book has photos and lots to satisfy the true crime lover who likes to see where the crimes really happened and maybe wants to try to go see it for themselves if it's accessible. My thanks to NetGalley, WildBlue Press and the author for giving me an ARC in return for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    All I need to say is that I loved this book! True crime books are my jam and I could quite happily sit and read them all day, which, to be fair, is what I've been doing for the last week now and am still not bored of them. Will absolutely be picking up all the Crime Buff's Guide books as they're informative and highly addictive. *Huge thanks to Ron Franscell, WildBlue Press and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise Wallace

    As an Angeleno who seeks out history, such as the secret stairs of L.A. to go hiking, I loved Ron's book that showed me the exact spots of famous crimes in my city.

  6. 5 out of 5

    3 no 7

    “Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Los Angeles” is the seventh in Ron Franscell’ popular Crime Buff’s Guide series, this one set where I live, the greater Los Angeles and Southern California area. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the people and places in my local area’s crime past. Geography is the star of this book. Franscell has done comprehensive research, and the book includes the geographic locations, descriptions, and of course GPS location of every crime location from Hollywood, Orange C “Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Los Angeles” is the seventh in Ron Franscell’ popular Crime Buff’s Guide series, this one set where I live, the greater Los Angeles and Southern California area. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the people and places in my local area’s crime past. Geography is the star of this book. Franscell has done comprehensive research, and the book includes the geographic locations, descriptions, and of course GPS location of every crime location from Hollywood, Orange County and the Inland Empire, to San Diego and beyond. The directions are specific and complete, for example “Look on the west side of Whittier for a concrete sewer drain between a streetlight and a tree. There’s a manhole cover in the street.” Most of the locations are private property, so he also cautions readers NOT to plunge onto private property. Crime in L.A. is not limited to Hollywood celebrities, although of course there are a lot of them included. The crime journey includes politicians, pioneers, writers, Wild West heroes, serial killers, terrorists, and, of course, law enforcement personnel and the innocent victims. Franscell’s guide covers the range of time from the mid- 1800 to the past few years and contains complete details about the crime itself, the people involved, and many times where people are buried. Thank you NetGalley, WildBlue Press, and Ron Franscell for a great adventure in true crime. I loved the virtual tour, and can’t wait to visit some of the public sites.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Pardoe

    Fair play disclaimer. I write for WildBlue Press and was provided a digital copy of this book to review at my option. I chose to write this review because, well, I liked the book. I recently wrote a blog post on people who visit crime scenes. I was behind the curve – Ron Francell recognized this a long time ago. His “Outlaw” series of books explore a city or region, unearthing long lost true crime treasures. These books are a gentle mix of history, true crime, and travel guide – a unique if not c Fair play disclaimer. I write for WildBlue Press and was provided a digital copy of this book to review at my option. I chose to write this review because, well, I liked the book. I recently wrote a blog post on people who visit crime scenes. I was behind the curve – Ron Francell recognized this a long time ago. His “Outlaw” series of books explore a city or region, unearthing long lost true crime treasures. These books are a gentle mix of history, true crime, and travel guide – a unique if not compelling combination. I’ve read two of his books in this series and the new one, Outlaw Los Angeles, was a rollercoaster ride through the sordid and violent history of LA. As with all of the books in the series, Ron provides GPS coordinates of crime scenes and grave sites for those that want to experience the locale themselves. I have long maintained that if you want to know the history of a city or its people, look to the crimes that defined them. Franscell has done an outstanding job of taking us through the eerie and sometimes bizarre past of the City of Angels. I went in looking for the crimes I knew about, the Black Dahlia, for example. What stunned me were the number of crimes I knew nothing about. Even with Discovery ID covering so many historical crimes, Franscell has dug up a myriad of intriguing and captivating true crime yarns. The coverage of cold cases in the book was good, balancing storytelling with facts. Franscell provides a good overview of them, often outlining the various suspects. You have to bear in mind with some of these cases the numbers of suspects could be long and tedious. The author, thankfully, does not delve into every crackpot theory. None of these are very long, making this a perfect beach read. Ron knows just how deep to take the reader into the subject, without diving down any rabbit holes. His prose are witting and wry at times, with obvious care to entertain the reader. I found myself humbled at some of his text in the Manson chapter. Franscell sets the bar pretty high for those of us in the genre. It was a smart move to dedicate a chapter to Charles Manson. To have included it any other fashion would have been a distraction. With all of the locations he has tagged in the text, you are tricked into realizing the scope of the Manson family’s reign of terror. This is not the kind of true crime book that breaks new ground, nor does it claim that it does. Instead it provides a wonderful tapestry of the darker side of Los Angeles in a comprehensive and entertaining format. Outlaw Los Angeles is a tour guide for every true crime fan that visits the city – written by one of the contemporary masters of the craft.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. A very awesome book cover, great fo Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written true crime book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great true crime movie, a college PP presentation, or better yet a mini TV series or even a documentary (True Crime; American Crime Story; Investigative Discovery). Packed full of serial killers, outlaws, gangsters, deviant sexual predators, etc. A very easy rating of 5 stars. or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Wildblue Press; Storycartel; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    I always look forward to Author Ron Franscell's Crime Buff Guide To.... books and this one, Outlaw Las Angeles, is another real winner. I love the short stories about the crime, who did it, the victim(s), if it was solved or not and, best of all, where the people involved are buried complete with GPS coordinates. I highly recommend this book to all true crime buffs.

  10. 4 out of 5

    catherine l doss

    I’m pretty sure this genre is an addiction! While I’m not interested in visiting. The thought of using maps and GPS to visit seems way past creepy! No way!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia L Tyler

    Outlaw Los Angeles I loved this book! Ron Franscell did it again!! I felt like I was transported back in time to each murder scene!! Great book! Great author!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Eichstaedt

    As with the other books in Franscell's Outlaw series, this is a fascinating guide to the both the famous and not-so-famous crimes in Los Angeles. Here we find celebrities such as O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Phil Hartman, etc., whose public notoriety often hindered the resolution of their crimes and/or deaths, and the administration of justice. One that caught my eye is the death of the original TV superman, George Reeves, whose show I watched in the 1950s on a black and white television. Reeve's As with the other books in Franscell's Outlaw series, this is a fascinating guide to the both the famous and not-so-famous crimes in Los Angeles. Here we find celebrities such as O.J. Simpson, John Belushi, Phil Hartman, etc., whose public notoriety often hindered the resolution of their crimes and/or deaths, and the administration of justice. One that caught my eye is the death of the original TV superman, George Reeves, whose show I watched in the 1950s on a black and white television. Reeve's untimely death was ruled a suicide. But unexplained are the bullet holes found in his house, the disturbed crime scene, and how his affair with a producer's wife might have been a factor. If you're so inclined, Franscell tells you where these events took place in the City of Angels. This fast-paced true crime volume reveals the often sordid underbelly of Hollywood with a journalist's eye for detail and economy of words. Another true crime gem.

  13. 4 out of 5

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    great

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    beverle eustice

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve Jackson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

  22. 4 out of 5

    geri v perdue

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ron Franscell

  24. 4 out of 5

    J.watson Garman

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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    Joni Stewart

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mund

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