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Poet Charles Bukowski (Credit: Handout)

Poet Charles Bukowski

L.A. noir: a photo tour

Tourists often come to Los Angeles searching for its past, the L.A. of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. They seek remnants of a period when the city was an incubator of tawdriness, a place where corruption, double-dealing and unchecked passion gave rise to a literary and cinematic genre that to this day captures the imagination.

The Hotel Barclay was one of novelist Raymond
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The Hotel Barclay was one of novelist Raymond Chandler's haunts, and it's the setting for the gruesome ice-pick-in-the-neck murder scenes in his novel, "The Little Sister." The hotel has long been shuttered, but the art-deco sign remains. (April 25, 2009)

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel was featured in
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The Millennium Biltmore Hotel was featured in "Mission Impossible 3" and "The Bodyguard."

A billboard advertising Musso & Frank's Grill above
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A billboard advertising Musso & Frank's Grill above Hollywood Boulevard. The restaurant opened in 1919. (March 7, 1995)

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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
(Credit: MCT)

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of
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The Los Angeles Police Museum has plenty of grisly exhibits about cases that defined the city -- the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson Family killings and the 1973 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout.

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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles
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Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Museum

The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in
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The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles includes a California Death Room, featuring the Manson Family killings, Black Dahlia murder and other infamous crimes in the state.

The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in
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The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles includes a California Death Room, featuring the Manson Family killings, Black Dahlia murder and other infamous crimes in the state.

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The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in
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The Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles includes a California Death Room, featuring the Manson Family killings, Black Dahlia murder and other infamous crimes in the state.

Stacy Salgado and DeSean Larkins look over the
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Stacy Salgado and DeSean Larkins look over the Manson Family exhibit in the Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Poet Charles Bukowski
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Poet Charles Bukowski

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