Old Blood

Death Dealing: Ned Doheny, Hugh Plunkett & LA Noire

May 01, 2023 Old Blood Season 3 Episode 38
Old Blood
Death Dealing: Ned Doheny, Hugh Plunkett & LA Noire
Show Notes

In 1929, the son of oil magnate Edward Doheny was found dead beside his secretary in an apparent murder-suicide. The news exploded onto the papers for three days before the district attorney canceled the inquest and closed the case. When detectives decided there had been foul play, they were silenced, leaving everyone to wonder what truly went on that night at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.


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Music: Credits to David Fesilyan and Luke Holizna

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