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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)(Credit: AP)

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