Features Scandalous Hollywood: William Desmond Taylor Published 2 years ago on April 13, 2017 The Headline: Director Found Murdered: Starlets Among Suspects William Desmond Taylor, an elegant and celebrated 45-year-old director, had a serene expression on his face and a .38 bullet in his back when police arrived at his Los Angeles bungalow February 2, 1922. Officers found a full house that included Keystone Kops heroine Mabel Normand rummaging through Taylor’s desk drawers, a Paramount executive burning papers in the fireplace and a houseman calmly washing dishes. They also discovered love letters from female stars and a closet filled with women’s lingerie. One pink silk nightgown was monogrammed “M.M.M.” for Mary Miles Minter, the 19-year-old blond nymphet who starred in Anne of Green Gables. The media had a field day with a suspect list that reportedly numbered 19, among them Normand (Taylor had tried to get her off drugs), Minter, Minter’s fiercely protective mother and houseman Henry Peavey (who had a previous arrest record for soliciting young boys). Despite all the suspects–and all the publicity–no one ever was charged. In 1967, King Vidor, director of such epics as The Fountainhead and War and Peace, researched the Taylor case in hopes of making it into a movie. But after interviewing survivors and reading secret police files, he locked away his 650 pages of notes, taking his findings to the grave in 1982. Filmmaker Sidney Kirkpatrick eventually found Vidor’s notes and fashioned them into a stunning book. His conclusions: Taylor was homosexual, and the lingerie had been planted in his home by his studio. Houseman Peaves had procured the boys for Taylor, not himself. And the killer was Minter’s mother, Charlotte Shelby, who had found her daughter at Taylor’s home. Vidor had presented his solution to Mary Miles Minter, who was then in her sixties and grossly obese–a “real-life Norma Desmond,” he wrote later in his notes. When Vidor asked her to confirm it, Minter sobbed, “My mother killed everything I ever loved.” Minter died in 1984. Officially the case remains unsolved. Scandalous HollywoodWilliam Desmond Taylor Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes9 hours ago Your Worst Nightmare: Behind the Barn (S5EP8 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Behind the Barn: When 20-year-old college student Kristy Ray is kidnapped from her home in rural Tippah County, Miss., in... Episodes9 hours ago Ghost Adventures: Gates of Hell House (S15EP12 Travel Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gates of Hell House: The crew investigate intense paranormal activity at “the Freakling Bros., Trilogy of Terror,” an infamous haunted... Episodes9 hours ago Who’s Stalking Me? (Lifetime Sat 23 Feb 2019, Chelsea Ricketts, Michael Welch) Following a near-death experience when an attacker breaks into her home, Amanda can’t shake the feeling that she’s still in... Episodes9 hours ago Ransom: Black Dolphin (S3EP2 CBS Sat 23 Feb 2019) Black Dolphin: The FBI asks Eric to use his negotiating expertise to convince the brainwashed survivor of an internet predator... Episodes9 hours ago Heart of Darkness: Gambling With the Devil (S1EP3 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gambling With the Devil: When the police arrive on the scene, a few blocks from the Isle Casino in Pompano... search EPISODES Episodes9 hours ago Love on the Menu (Hallmark 23 Feb 2019, Autumn Reeser, Kavan Smith) When chef Hank makes a deal with frozen food executive Maggie to save his restaurant, their unexpected attraction complicates matters,... Episodes1 day ago Hawaii Five-0: Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa (S9EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa: When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through... Episodes1 day ago Mystery in San Luis Obispo airs Fri 22 Feb 2019 on ID When two female college students vanish from the city of San Luis Obispo, Calif., clues are elusive, but one detective... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.