'84 Olympics and OJ Simpson on the California Incline
The first episode of the LA85 Podcast starts in 1984 at the Olympics and recalls OJ's epic run up the California incline.
Photo courtesy LAPL and LAIST
The 1985 Rose Queen and Court
New Year's Day
The '85 Rose Parade was a triumphant moment for the young lady who was named its queen. Nonetheless, the announcement of selection exposed some of the secret inner workings of America's Parade. In this episode of LA85, secrets are revealed and two decades after, a high-ranking parade volunteer, and accused murderer, goes free.
LA 85 Season 1, EP 2, Show notes and links:
+ This woman will ride a Rose Parade float 60 years after she was denied due to African-American heritage
+ The new Tournament of Roses queen was fired by...
+ Detectives arrest former Tournament of Roses committee member in 2004 slaying (paywall)
+ The Terror of Colorado Boulevard: Hate, Homicide, and a Holiday Tradition
Victims of the Grim Sleeper
The Grim Sleeper
Even as Night Stalker Richard Ramirez terrorized suburban Los Angeles residents with his sexual sadism and brazen break-ins, another serial killer was at work in South Central L.A. Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. , a.k.a. the Grim Sleeper, began a decades long murder spree in 1985.
LA 85 Season 1, EP 3, Show notes and links:
The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central, by Christine Pelisek