newspaperwoman Aggie Underwood
WHAT: The launch of a new historic crime blog Deranged L.A. Crimes,
featuring tales of murder, mayhem, political corruption, and celebrity
scandal from the 1920s through the 1960s.
WHEN: The blog debuts on December 17, 2012, the 110th birthday of its
inspiration, the legendary crime reporter and city editor Aggie Underwood
December 17, 2012 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of
legendary Los Angeles newspaperwoman Agness "Aggie" Underwood, and the debut
of the true crime and social history blog, Deranged L.A. Crimes. Inspired by
the reportage of Aggie Underwood, blog founder Joan Renner (Esotouric,
Vintage Powder Room, 1947project) will examine the social history of Los
Angeles from the 1920s through the 1960s.
ABOUT DERANGED L.A. CRIMES: The blog explores Aggie Underwood's Los
Angeles, the city that dreams in Technicolor, but lives in black and white.
For decades, L.A. has revealed itself via classic film noir, Raymond
Chandler novels, and newspaper headlines. From depraved crimes to
heart-wrenching human interest stories, Aggie Underwood covered LA for over
four decades, first as a reporter and later as the first woman in the U.S.
to become city editor of a major metropolitan newspaper, the Herald-Express.
This project will introduce readers to Aggie Underwood's Los Angeles as she
experienced it, through its headlines and explorations of the shocking
real-life tales behind them. LA's newspaper headlines condensed the city's
joy and despair into bold type for quick consumption. But don't let the
brevity of the headlines deceive you -- each and every one revealed a facet
of the city's character. Deranged L.A. Crimes is a portrait of the city,
written in blood and tears. You won't want to miss a single post.
ABOUT BLOGGER JOAN RENNER: Writer and social historian Joan Renner has a
passion for vintage cosmetics ephemera, and crime. She believes that a dame
should strive to look her best, even while committing a felony. As a tour
guide for the eclectic bus tour company Esotouric she has created a
personality profile of Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) based upon her
choice of makeup. She gives tours of Union Station for the Los Angeles
Conservancy, is a volunteer archivist at the Los Angeles Police Museum, and
has lectured on LA crime and history at the LA Public Library and Egyptian
Theater. Joan has been a contributor to the 1947project time travel blog for
the years 1927 and 1907, and to the On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land
neighborhood history blogs. Her blog Vintage Powder Room explores history,
women, art, and provides her with a transparent excuse to add to her
collection of over 500 items, which she has lectured on at the Queen Mary
Art Deco Festival.
For more info on DEPRAVED L.A. CRIMES please visit
(http://www.esotouric.com), 1947project time travel blogs
http://www.insroland.org), Vintage Powder Room