To Die and Live in L.A.
James Ellroy (Damon Winter / LAT)
“I was homeless in the city I had rendered with great success as a writer.” (Damon Winter / LAT)
Geneva Hilliker Ellroy was “a statuesque redhead from hick-town Wisconsin” who won a beauty contest and “breezed through L.A.” (Los Angeles Times)
Elizabeth Short’s mutilated body was dumped in a vacant lot. (Los Angeles Times)
An envelope with Elizabeth Short’s personal papers was sent to the Los Angeles Examiner in 1947. (Damon Winter / LAT)
James Ellroy was 10 when he was told of his mother’s murder (Damon Winter / LAT)