Punt PI

BBC Radio 4


Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile


The Murder of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor

August 8th, 2015

Episode 9 of 14 episodes

Steve Punt returns with a brand new series of investigations - starting with the unsolved murder of major Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor in 1922. Taylor was one of Tinseltown's biggest names - until he was shot dead in his bungalow in February 1922. Despite a multitude of suspects, Taylor's killer was never caught. It's a bizarre case with a multitude of suspects. Was the murderer former child star Mary Miles Minter or her controlling mother Charlotte Shelby? Or was it Taylor's rather shady private secretary Edwards Sands? Steve casts a fresh eye over the evidence and returns to Taylor's native Ireland where he makes some surprising discoveries about the murdered movie director's past. Producer: Laurence Grissell.

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