The Mad Butcher of Bronson Canyon

Edward Andrassy's Head
Richard Anderson as Dr. Richard Malcolm
Richard Anderson as Dr. Richard Malcolm
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My first thoughts upon reading this Hollyweird news were it could’ve been me and the pooch I was strolling in the hills near Cahuenga Pass back in November! My wife and I stayed with a pal in Toluca Lake. We walked basenji/lab mutt Charley near this body dump scene. Reads like pages ripped from the headlines of Cleveland’s unsolved Torso Slayer case of the 1930s. To spin a yarn, you could claim it was the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. That he has eluded the grave! Like Dr. Richard Malcolm, Richard Anderson’s character in Dan Curtis’ righteously rocking made for TV flick  The Night Strangler. If you’re a child of the 1970s to early ’80s, like me, Richard Anderson will forever be fixed in your mind as Oscar Goldman, Steve Austin’s (Lee Majors) boss and pal in The Six Million Dollar Man.

L.A. Times coverage of the Mad Butcher of Bronson Canyon Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

1/22/12 – Hot news flash!  KTLA divulges identity of victim!

Oscar Goldman & Steve Austin
Oscar Goldman & Steve Austin from The Six Million Dollar Man

Author: The Black Bird

As guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, The Black Bird pioneered the early U.S. heavy rock movement in 1968, spearheading the unsung power trio The Hounds of Tindalos. He was a regular contributor to The Magazine of Horror from 1963-71. His novels include the sexy new-wave science fiction outing Spawning Season (Chariot Books for Men, 1966), Smut City (the first in a series of hardboiled mysteries featuring half-Japanese hippie-era private dick Donald Dong - Essex House, 1969), the anti-hero fantasy The Axe of Aleric (Powell Books, 1971) and Cauldron of Abhorrence (a pseudonymous gothic—marketed to blue-haired septugenarians—published under his then-girlfriend’s name, Raven Chimesleep Flagstone—Beagle Books, 1972). As a non-fiction writer, he compiled a 600+ page bio-bibliography of pulpster Ray Cummings (Atoms and Areolae, Ronald N. Fund Publishers, 1979) and the true crime magnum opus Daemon in Drag about post-op transsexual serial killer Roberta Morris (Ganja Publications, 1994). Wait a minute!? We’re gettin’ carried away here! This just ain’t right!? The Black Bird’s alter-ego is chronically underpaid writer, editor, musician and all around wacky creative creature Perry Grayson. A lifelong devotee of all things weird, fantastic and mysterious! By day, Perry pretends to “slave for ‘the man.’” By night he creeps! Perry’s articles, interviews, reviews, stories and poems have bled onto the pages of zines, mags and sites such as Metal Maniacs, Crypt of Cthulhu, Fungi, The Scream Factory, Slow Ride, Snap Pop, Snakepit, Al-Azif, Necrofile, Other Dimensions, and As editor, he oversaw three collections of his fave author, Frank Belknap Long's work: Escape from Tomorrow, The Darkling Tide and The Eye Above the Mantel (more are planned). He runs the small press publishing operation Tsathoggua Press (currently on hiatus), and prides himself on being an incorrigible heavy rock and metal/book geek and beer snob (no panther piss, please!). For a decade he was a staff writer for the major newsstand mag Metal Maniacs (1999-2009), and now often contributes liner notes to hard rock and metal albums. From 1997-2000, along with his pal Dr. Monstrosity (a/k/a Dan DeLucie), he played guitar in the metal band Destiny's End on two albums and both U.S. and European tours. Tackling both vocal and axe-slinging duties, he formed vintage heavy rock power trio Falcon in 2002. Falcon has released two full-length and has a third in the pipeline. He also took part in multinational metal project Isen Torr on the EP Mighty and Superior (2004) and played bass for Pale Divine on a European tour. Once upon a time, he was a jack of all trades copywriter, production coordinator and light graphic designer in the advertising/graphics biz in “El Lay.” Now he resides Down Unda with his music biz veteran wife and three fur-babies (kitties). When he isn’t playing guitar or bass, singing or writing, he is probably reading a book, listening to tunes or watching a sleazy exploitation or noir flick. He is addicted to vintage books, mags, vinyl, guitars and amps. And… among other things, one of his fave pastimes is investigating old unsolved cases such as the Black Dahlia murder, a pursuit some might find comparable to chasing his own tail.

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