The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America (2022)
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The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America
Book Description
Cecil Wells was a wealthy businessman was who murdered in Fairbanks, Alaska in October 1953.
His younger, blonde wife wife Diane - and her lover, Black musician Johnny Warren - were indicted for the crime, and this book reexamines the FBI/police investigation, interviews living family members, uncovers new evidence, and looks again at a case that was a huge scandal in Jim Crow America.
The case made the pages of Life, Newsweek, Jet and the detective pulp magazines, and was a rare story from then-territorial Alaska that hit the headlines around the world.
Additional Book Titles
Gourmet Ghosts - Los Angeles (2012)
Gourmet Ghosts 2 (2016)
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Los Angeles, California USA
Author bio
Originally from London, James T. Bartlett has been living in Los Angeles since 2004.
As a travel and lifestyle journalist and historian, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, BBC, Los Angeles Magazine, ALTA California, High Life, Hemispheres, Westways, American Way, Atlas Obscura, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Real Crime, Ripperologist Magazine, History Ireland, Bizarre and Variety, among others.
In 2012 he published Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles, an alternative guide to the history and ghost stories behind some of the city’s oldest bars, restaurants and hotels, while 2016’s Gourmet Ghosts 2 focused on true crimes that took place at more of L.A.’s notable locations and eateries. He has appeared on Ghost Adventures and The UnXplained and you can find out more information at
Professional Speaker Topics
LA History, LA True Crime, LA Ghosts
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Life was more exciting when you could buy poison at every corner store....

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