Image: Albert Witzel

In the early morning of February 2, 1922, a voice cries out in Los Angeles. Henry Peavey has just discovered the body of his boss, director William Desmond Taylor, who lies motionless inside his home in the Westlake area of the city. Later, it will also be determined that a single bullet had ripped through Taylor’s back on the evening before he was found. But as Peavey reels from what he has seen, he has no idea that cops will put two of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the frame for the crime.

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And prior to his untimely death, Taylor had led a rather charmed existence. He had come into the world as William Cunningham Deane-Tanner on April 26, 1872, in County Carlow, Ireland. Then, after Taylor had turned 18, he left the Emerald Isle behind for the United States in order to work on a Kansas ranch. At the time, many wealthy families sent male offspring to America in the hope of turning their sons into gentleman farmers – individuals who cultivated the land for pleasure rather than for profit.

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