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A Continuing Exploration of the Life and Death of William Desmond Taylor
By Bruce Long

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Footage of 16 silent film celebrities who were mentioned in connection with the William Desmond Taylor case (Mabel Normand, Mary Miles Minter, Carl Stockdale, Douglas MacLean, Edna Purviance, Antonio Moreno, Arthur Hoyt, Margaret Gibson, Mack Sennett, Kathlyn Williams, James Kirkwood, Marshall Neilan, Claire Windsor, Hugh Fay, Gareth Hughes, Neva Gerber).


In a 1970 audio interview, Mary Miles Minter recalls going to the mortuary in 1922 to see William Desmond Taylor's body, after he had been killed.


In a 1970 audio interview, Mary Miles Minter recalls visiting Mabel Normand on February 2, 1922, on the morning that silent film director William Desmond Taylor had been found murdered.


In a 1986 interview, former LAPD detective William Cahill recalls the 1922 William Desmond Taylor murder case.


The Kiss is a 1914 short silent film starring William Desmond Taylor and Margaret Gibson (also known as Patricia Palmer).


Very brief clip from The Quakeress, a 1913 short silent film starring William Desmond Taylor and Louise Glaum.


A film tour of the Thomas Ince Studio includes brief contemporary film footage of the exterior of Douglas MacLean's home, which was in the same bungalow court as Taylor's home; the footage can be found between 9:50 and 10:00.

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W.D. Taylor: A Dossier
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Murder in Hollywood
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A Work in Progress

Updates to this site will be announced in the William Desmond Taylor discussion group on Facebook.


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