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Scene of the Crime: Grisly Photos from the LAPD Archives

Join the demon dog of American crime fiction, James Ellroy, as he handpicks his favorite crime scene shots from the LAPD archives.

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A close-up of a man’s bloodied hands

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

The body of a possible murder victim

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

A body is discovered on the concrete riverbed of the L.A. River

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

A body is discovered on the concrete riverbed of the L.A. River

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

An investigator stands over the chalk outline of a victim

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

A woman’s body is found amongst crates of bottles

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

The bullet-ridden remains of a vehicle

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A police officer stands on a motor bike

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A drug overdose victim who died while talking on the phone

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum

Shot of a possible Suicide Victim

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  • Photo Credit: Abrams Image/Los Angeles Police Museum