Screenwriter decapitated, doctor killed


Jun 3, 2003
Screenwriter decapitated, doctor killed
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles |
"The search was on Monday for a man who decapitated a former screenwriter in his 90s and slaughtered a retired doctor in his 60s in their Hollywood homes, authorities said. One of the victims was identified as Robert Lees, a blacklisted screenwriter who penned numerous movie and TV scripts, including several Bud Abbott and Lou Costello movies, like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Police believe a suspect, described only as a white man in his 40s, entered Lees' home in the 1600 block of North Courtney Avenue and cut off the screenwriter's head sometime before 11 a.m. Sunday. Reports stated that the killer took Lees' head and jumped a backyard fence before entering the retired doctor's home... It was a 'very gruesome crime scene, each one of them, so much so that at this time it's hard to determine what the cause of death was,' [LAPD Lt. Art Miller] said."

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