The Proper Gander At Propaganda Podcast Episode 17: Investigative Journalism - Hollywood Style!
Batman v Superman
"Should “Batman v Superman” come in at $180 million, it would be the fifth highest domestic opening weekend of all time. It’s already smashed the record for highest Thursday preshow for an Easter Weekend, set last year by “Furious 7” with $15.8 million on its way to a Good Friday launch of $67.4 million and a $147.2 million opening weekend."
"Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress. She began her career in film as a child and became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she turned 25 years old. Her most significant roles included Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Searchers, and West Side Story."
"Natalie Wood in a commercial for Raintree lotion that aired November 1, 1981, less than a month before her death"
ABC Commercial Breaks - November 22, 1981 (Moonraker)
"INVESTIGATOR CALLS ROBERT WAGNER A "PERSON OF INTEREST" IN NATALIE WOOD DROWNING DEATH"
Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer "My Sister Uncle Sam"
"Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer (November 6, 1967 – July 18, 1989) was an Americanmodel and actress. Schaeffer began her career as a teen model before moving on to acting. In 1986, she landed the role of Patricia "Patti" Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam. After the series was canceled in 1988, Schaeffer appeared in several films, including the black comedy Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, which was released six weeks before her death. On July 18, 1989, Schaeffer was fatally shot in the doorway of her West Hollywoodapartment building by Robert John Bardo. Bardo was obsessed with Schaeffer and had been stalking her for three years. He was sentenced to life imprisonmentfor her murder. Schaeffer's death helped prompt the 1990 passage of America's first anti-stalking laws, in California."
"Used loosely, "bardo" is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, and then proceeding to terrifying hallucinations that arise from the impulses of one's previous unskillful actions. For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals, the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality; for others, it can become a place of danger as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth."
"Robert John Bardo (born January 2, 1970) is an American man serving life imprisonment without parole after being convicted in October 1991 for the murder of American actress Rebecca Schaeffer on July 18, 1989, whom he had stalkedfor three years beforehand. Bardo was the youngest of seven children. His mother was Korean and his father was a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently and eventually settled in Tucson, Arizona in 1983. Bardo reportedly had a troubled childhood. He was abused by one of his siblings and placed in foster care after he threatened to commit suicide. Bardo's family had a history of mental illness, and he himself was diagnosed with manic depression. At the age of 15, he was institutionalized for a month due to emotional problems. Bardo dropped out of Pueblo Magnet High School in the ninth grade and began working as a janitor at Jack in the Box. In the 18 months prior to Schaeffer's murder, Bardo had been arrested three times on charges that included domestic violenceand disorderly conduct. Neighbors of Bardo also said that he had exhibited unexplained strange and threatening behavior towards them. Prior to developing an obsession with Schaeffer, Bardo had stalked child peace activist Samantha Smith before her death in a 1985 plane crash. After writing numerous letters to Schaeffer, Bardo attempted to gain access to the set of the CBS TV series My Sister Sam, on which Schaeffer played a starring role. Ultimately, he obtained her home address via a detective agency, which in turn tracked it via California Department of Motor Vehicles records. On July 18, 1989, he confronted her at her home, angry at her for having starred in a sex scene in the film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills; in his eyes, she had "lost her innocence." He visited her at her apartment and told her he was a big fan. About an hour later, Bardo again rang the bell to her apartment. Upon Schaeffer opening the door, Bardo fired one round of ammunition straight through Schaeffer's chest, killing her. Bardo was later arrested in Tucson, Arizona when he was observed walking aimlessly in traffic"
"The prosecutor for the state was Marcia Clark, who later became known as a lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder trial. Bardo was housed in a Sensitive Needs Unit (SNU) for inmates such as gang members, notorious prisoners, and those convicted of sex crimes. During the trial, Bardo claimed the U2 song "Exit" was an influence in the murder; the song played in the court room as evidence (with Bardo lip-synching the lyrics). Bardo's attorneys conceded that he had murdered Schaeffer, but they argued that he was mentally ill. Psychiatrist Park Dietz, testifying for the defense, said that Bardo had schizophrenia and it was his illness that led him to commit the murder. Bardo was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Bardo carried a red paperback copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he murdered Schaeffer, which he tossed onto the roof of a building as he fled. He insisted that it was coincidental and that he was not emulating Mark David Chapman, who had also carried a copy with him when he shot and killed John Lennon on December 8, 1980."
"As a consequence of Bardo's actions and his methods of obtaining Schaeffer's address, the U.S. federal government passed the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits state Departments of Motor Vehicles from disclosing the home addresses of state residents. The season 2 episode of Law and Order Star Struck was partially based on this case. On July 27, 2007, Bardo was stabbed 11 times on his way to breakfast in the maximum-security unit at Mule Creek State Prisonin Amador County, California. Two inmate-made weapons were found at the scene. He was treated at the UC Davis Medical Center and returned to prison, officials said. The suspect in the attack was another convict, serving 82-years-to-life for second-degree murder. As of 2018, Bardo is serving his life sentence at the Avenal State Prison in Avenal, California."
Marcia Clark "Kent"
"Clark is best remembered as the lead prosecutor in the 1995 trial of O. J. Simpson on charges of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and Ron Goldman. Prior to this trial, Clark's highest-profile prosecution was in 1991, when she prosecuted Robert John Bardo for the murder of television star Rebecca Schaeffer. In his book Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, Vincent Bugliosi blames the acquittal of O. J. Simpson on Marcia Clark's and Christopher Darden's lack of trial preparation, prosecutorial incompetence, and lack of a trial work ethic."
"In contrast, Clark's 'Samantha Brinkman' series features a woman who is a defense attorney. It includes Blood Defense (2016), Moral Defense (2016), and Snap Judgment (2017), and is being adapted into a TV series for NBC, co-written by Clark. Clark never expected to be an author, but said, "As a lawyer, I came to understand early that storytelling plays a very important part when you address a jury. So I guess my instincts have always kind of been there when it comes to weaving a narrative."
"She read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mystery fiction as a child, and said "I have been addicted to crime since I was born. I was making up crime stories when I was a 4- or 5-year-old kid."
Thomas Tsunetomi Noguchi
"In 1967, he became Chief Medical Examiner (CME) for the county, replacing his mentor Theodore Curphey. As CME, Noguchi came to public attention for a series of autopsies; which he performed or supervised on a range of celebrities and public figures that included Albert Dekker, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, Inger Stevens, Gia Scala, David Janssen, William Holden, Natalie Wood, and John Belushi. His autopsy of Kennedy is significant for its conclusion that the fatal shot was fired into the back of Kennedy's head, behind the right ear, from an upward angle, and from a distance of no more than 0.5 to 3 inches (15-75 mm) away. Such a finding has given rise to conspiracy theories regarding the assassination, as no witnesses reported seeing the convicted assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, in a position to fire such a shot. Noguchi himself points out in his memoir Coroner that he has never officially ruled that Sirhan fired the fatal shot."
"He developed a high profile as CME, and was often accused of speaking too freely to the media, particularly following the November 1981 deaths of William Holden and Natalie Wood, which, along with moonlighting and alleged mismanagement, led to his demotion from coroner to physician specialist in 1982. He was later appointed Chief of Pathology at the University of Southern California and then as Administrative Pathologist for Anatomic Pathology services at the USC Medical Center. Noguchi was appointed Professor by both the University of Southern California and UCLA. He is a past president of the American National Association of Medical Examiners. In 1999 he was honored by the Emperor of Japan who awarded him the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his "outstanding contributions to Japan in the area of forensic science". He retired the same year. As of 2017, Noguchi is the president of World Association for Medical Law (WAML), which is a medical body founded in 1967 to encourage the study of health law, legal medicine, and bioethics."
"For Ford's Bronco, O.J. Simpson chase may have helped sales"
"The car chase probably had a positive effect on Ford sales, according to Kit Yarrow, a psychologist who wrote the book Decoding the New Consumer Mind: How and Why We Shop and Buy."
"O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase..."
"Football and film star O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase along the Los Angeles freeways shortly before his arrest for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. This video, aired on CNN, features the sound from OJ's phone conversation with Homicide Detective Tom Lange. Listen as the accused killer tells Lange that he is the one who "deserves" to be hurt."
Detective Tom Lange: Laurel Canyon in 1981
"Detective Tom Lange (of LAPD, retired) is the co-author of the as-yet-unpublished book "Four On The Floor", which chronicles the murders of the "Wonderland Gang" in LA's Laurel Canyon in 1981. Adult actor John Holmes was tried and later acquitted for his involvement in the killings, as were would-be gangster Eddie Nash, and his cohort Gregory DeWitt Diles, who died in 1995. Was the lead detective in the O.J. Simpson investigation with detective Philip Vannatter."
"In June of 1994, in the midst of OJ Simpson’s murder trial, both TIME magazine and Newsweek featured Simpson’s mugshot on their covers."
AMERICA'S MOST WANTED
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXXVIII_halftime_show_controversy • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_JonBenét_Ramsey • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Woodward • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chiklis • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Belushi
Hollywood Goes To War
"Hollywood Goes To War" – The outbreak of World War I provides Hollywood with a successful source for plots and profits. Peacetime curtails the release of war movies, until the release of King Vidor's The Big Parade in 1925. Wings (1927) earns the first Academy Award for Best Picture. As movies transition to sound, Universal releases Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, showing the German side of the conflict, becoming a powerful statement of war by the generation that fought it. Interviews include Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., King Vidor, Blanche Sweet and Lillian Gish."
"The Autocrats" – Two of Hollywood's greatest directors, Cecil B. DeMille and Erich von Stroheim. One worked with the Hollywood system, the other against it. DeMille's pictures, lavish in detail and cost, made his studio a fortune, while Von Stroheim's similar ways, albeit to excess in footage and expense, resulted in films that were often either excessively cut by the studios or never released, leading to his being fired on several occasions. Interviews include Agnes DeMille, Gloria Swanson, Allen Dwan, and Henry King."
FAKE NEWS APOLOGETICS: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/453413/ISIS-beheading-videos-staged-actors
Hollywood TV Series YouTube Links:
Hollywood - Ep 1 : The Pioneers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS37kyfnGy4
Hollywood - Ep 4 : Hollywood goes to War – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtXuGded04&t=1408s
Hollywood - Ep 7 : Autocrats – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjrS7v78vA&t=2s
UP NEXT: PODCAST 18
"Hollywood Police Stories"
Someone has to manage the staff and steer public perception.
Miller, john Miller
"In January 2003, he left ABC News to rejoin Bratton, who by then was at the Los Angeles Police Department. Miller served as the police department's Bureau Chief for the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, which included the Major Crimes Division, and the Emergency Services Division and the Special Investigations Section (SIS). While there, Miller launched Project Archangel which included the Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS), among other platforms, and which has been adopted by other cities and states for ongoing risk-assessment of potential terrorist targets. Miller was also one of the original designers of the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), which combines intelligence and analysis for the LAPD, LA Sheriff, and the FBI."
"SIS: Stormy Past, Shaky Future"
"LAPD's Special Investigation Section, known by some as the 'Death Squad,' uses unconventional tactics that produce controversial and sometimes deadly results. The Times presents a look inside this unit."
"All 20 members are men. Off the job, they include a school board member, a volunteer firefighter, a martial arts instructor, a helicopter pilot and a gourmet chef. They're confident, some say cocky, veterans--some with gray hair and beards. Several perch reading glasses half-way down their noses so they can read map books."