Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley

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 Glendale Central Library, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205  See map
The pleasant neighborhoods of the Crescenta Valley offer no hint of the many violent and heinous crimes that have occurred between the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. But ties to such macabre episodes as the Onion Field murder and the search for the Hillside Strangler left lasting scars here. Infamous criminals such as mafia boss Joe "Iron Man" Ardizzone, red-light bandit Caryl Chessman and accused yacht bomber Beulah Overell have left a black eye on La Crescenta's history-not to mention the "Rattlesnake Murder," "Female Bluebeard" and "Santa Claus Killer." Join historians Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler as they expose the crimes and criminals that have inflicted murder and mayhem in Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and La Cañada Flintridge. 

Gary Keyes taught at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta for thirty-nine years. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of social science at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. As a resident of the foothill communities for the past forty-five years, he became interested in local history when he helped members of his son's Boy Scout troop obtain their Citizenship in the Community badges. 

Mike Lawler was born with a passion for history and spent much of his childhood looking for clues to the area's history. As a teenager, he was a student of Gary Keyes and was fascinated with Keyes's focus on some of the darker aspects of history. As an adult, he became a community leader in bringing local history to life with the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valleyand was thrilled to once again team up with Keyes to air Crescenta Valley's "dirty laundry."


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