Favorite Site of the Week: [William Desmond] Taylor-ology

Soul of Youth, 1921, Directed by William Desmond Taylor.

Ok, this site has been around for ages however I feel that it deseves a definite shout-out here on the Pictorial as the site of the week. Taylorology  was an online periodical that transcribed newspaper and magazine articles from from the late 1910s through the 1920s that held a focus on the scandalous murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor. But the site also serves as an invaluable source of reference as it contains insights into such legendary luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Rudy Valentino … oh, you get the idea. 🙂

Unfamiliar with the William Desmond Taylor scandal? Oh, how you are to bmarymilesminter2e pitied as it is one of Hollywood’s most infamously enduring unsolved mysteries and a story of everlasting intrigue. It reads like a Dashiell Hammett thriller: body of famous film director found in a swanky area of downtown LA with a fatal shot to the back.  A large amout of cash he’d withdrawn was missing. He was found with a 2 carat diamond ring on his finger. Throw in a slew of Hollywood starlets (Mary Miles Minter, Mabel Normand) and a bamboozling personal valet and you’ve got yourself a salivating whodunnit, eh?

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