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The Blackburn Cult
Angels Flank a Book Holder

Animal sacrifices, cadaver preservation, disappearing people. The Blackburn Cult was among the strangest of religious cults to have started in Los Angeles.

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Saddle Ridge Brush Fire Status

Update on the Saddle Ridge Brush Fire burning in northwestern Los Angeles.

Our Story in Pictures
Dr. Frank Webb and LAPD Forensic Specialist Ray Pinker, 1938

Photo from the L.A. Times Photographic Archive at UCLA Library

1938. Dr. Frank R. Webb examines human remains from a Los Angeles crime scene with LAPD forensic specialist Ray Pinker looking on. Pinker joined the LAPD crime lab in 1929 as the nation's first civilian forensics specialist, six years after the lab was established as the nation's first public-funded crime lab. Well into the 1930s, Pinker and a single LAPD officer were the entire scientific forensics team for the city of Los Angeles.

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Did You Know?
Eye of a Creature

During one summer afternoon in 1961, the story was that, for several hours, this creature terrorized the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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The Hertzberg Davis Forensic Science Center
Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center

It is the largest crime lab in the nation and the only one co-located with a university forensics program.

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