Denise Hamilton

L.A. native, crime novelist, and former L.A. Times reporter Denise Hamilton is the editor of Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics and was a finalist for the Edgar Award. Read more about her at

Known as Kuruvungna, “a place where we are in the sun,” this sacred spring is tucked away on the campus of University High School Charter on the Westside of Los Angeles. A Spanish cypress, planted by the Portolá expedition, watches over a brook with crawdads and mosquito fish.

The Secret Sacred Spring in West L.A.

A Native American hallowed space miraculously remains amid the developed bustle of Westside L.A.

Charles Manson in his cell at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, 1982.

The Charles Manson Industry

What led to—and has arisen from—the infamous 1969 murders is weirder, darker, and more hypocritical than you ever imagined.


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