Jeanne French lived big and flew high, and it’s insult to injury that her grisly murder would end up overshadowing all she did with her life. In this episode, Hadley looks into circumstances around French’s 1947 murder, the “werewolf killer” panic that gripped Los Angeles around the time she died, and the possible connections the so-called Lipstick Murder could have to what is perhaps the most famous unsolved crime in the city’s history: the Black Dahlia.


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