James Ellroy

See Los Angeles’ Rough Past With Crime Author James Ellroy
James Ellroy's LAPD ’53 captures the hopelessness of the year in stark black and white images

“It was 1953. Eisenhower was in the white house. The New York Yankees won the World Series for the fifth year consecutively. The theme music for the television series, “Dragnet,” rose to the top of the Billboard charts. It was also the year that Los Angeles had a record number of homicides—and more than twice as many suicides.”