7. William Desmond Taylor’s Murder
Taylor, a silent film director, was found murdered in his bungalow on the morning of February 2, 1922. A crowd gathered around the body, and a man who identified himself as a doctor examined announced that Taylor had died of a stomach hemorrhage. The doctor left the scene and was never heard from again.
Later, when the body was turned over by investigators, it was clear Taylor had been shot at least once in the back.
Taylor was found wearing a diamond ring and with his wallet full of cash, so investigators ruled out a robbery. More than a dozen people were eventually named as suspects, but no one was ever formally charged with the murder.