Text provided by Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love. Based on a scrapbook collected by Jack Huddleston, a homicide detective with the L.A.P.D. from the 1930s to the 1950s. Includes photos from famous national cases such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Valentine's Day Massacre and the FBI shooting of John Dillinger.
Death Scenes presents unflinchingly graphic on-site forensic photos, mug shots, previously unreleased photos of celebrity homicides, news and police photos of infamous cases from Los Angeles and around the country and morbidly voyeuristic shots of 'freaks,' accidents and legal executions.
Detective Huddleston provides eerily matter-of-fact captions filled with case findings, streetwise cop talk and a thread of deadpan humor. The resulting hard-to-put-down assemblage is described by Dunn as 'an historical and archeological artifact, a time capsule revealing seldom seen sub-strata of American life and death.'