1947ProjectImagine a blog that does nothing but noirishly count off the days in 1947 Los Angeles, felony by bloody felony. Stabbings, gunshots, suicides, interspersed with photographed visits to the scenes of the crime today. Kim Cooper, who lives in Lincoln Heights, and Nathan Marsak of Highland Park explain their 1947 Project:

Los Angeles in 1947 was a social powderkeg. War-damaged returning soldiers were threatened by a new kind of independant female, who in turn found her freedoms disappearing as male workers returned to the factories. These conflicts worked themselves out in dark ways. The Black Dahlia is the most famous victim of 1947's sex wars, but hardly the only one. The 1947project seeks to document this pivotal year in L.A., through period reporting and visits to the scenes as they are today.

Cooper publishes Scram and co-edited Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth and the new Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed. Marsak, author of Los Angeles Neon, is working on a book about America's historic mortuaries.

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