The Laurel Canyon - the dead in attendance. 
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 12:06PM
the Laurel Canyon

Here is an ongoing list of casualties of the Laurel Canyon, be it cursed, posessed, or simply the testing grounds for CIA operatives and experimental film corps on top of the mountain, or mind controlling substances gone awry.

During the ten-year period during which Bruce, Novarro, Mineo, Linkletter, Stevens, Tate, Sebring, Frykowski and Folger all turned up dead, a whole lot of other people connected to Laurel Canyon did as well, often under very questionable circumstances. The list includes, but is certainly not limited to, all of the following names:

 There are a few other curious deaths we could add here as well, though they were only indirectly related to the Laurel Canyon scene. Nevertheless, they deserve an honorable mention, especially the Bobby Fuller and Phil Ochs entries; the former because it is a rather extraordinary example of the exemplary work done by the LAPD, and the latter because it just may contain a key to understanding the Laurel Canyon phenomenon:

 And with that, I think we can move on now from the Laurel Canyon Death List. The list is not yet complete, mind you, since we have only covered the years 1966-1976.


Entry by David McGowan c. 2008

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