true crime stocking stuffer


Looking for last-minute gifts for that true crime fan on your Christmas list? Here’s an idea, check out Patrick Downey’s Hollywood on the Spot: Crimes Against the Early Movie Stars.

The lives of Hollywood’s early movie stars have become the stuff of legend; the glitz and the glamour, the conspicuous consumption, the never ending carousel of parties and premieres. Rarely discussed is the dark side of their stardom; the constant fear that at any time they could become victims of gunmen, kidnappers, or extortionists. In these pages are the stories that normally get left out of the Hollywood history books: the armed robberies, home invasions and the threats of abduction, maiming, and murder that plagued Tinseltown throughout the early years. Whether it was “America’s Sweetheart” Mary Pickford or sex siren Mae West – no star was immune. Hollywood on the Spot brings to light the nightmares inside the Dream Factory.

Hollywood on the Spot is available as a trade paperback from Amazon.

6 thoughts on “true crime stocking stuffer

  1. I already asked Santa for it; judging by Mr.Downey’s writing in his Dead Guys in Suits blog (, it should be good.
    (I’m plugging his blog because I enjoy it, but if anyone wants to give me money . . . )


  2. Thank you Mr. DuMond! Very kind of you to mention my book.
    Thank you as well Old 1811. Remember, every time you plug a blog an angel gets its wings. You can’t put a price on that.


  3. John D.:
    I’d wager there are more stories that we never heard about in those days. Downey’s book looks to solve that omission. Sounds like a good read.
    Stay safe out there.


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