Coroner's officials on Friday identified a man whose dismembered head, hands and feet were found in a Hollywood park as a 66-year-old from Los Angeles, and police continued to hunt for his killer.
The victim's name is Hervey Medellin, coroner's Lt. David Smith said. Public directories show Medellin lived in a Hollywood apartment near the rugged, hillside park where his remains were found.
Investigators served a search warrant Thursday night on a Hollywood apartment in the area, but it wasn't immediately clear if it was Medellin's apartment.
"They did serve a search warrant last night. They are following clues, and the case is progressing. Guys are working around the clock to find out who did it and find the rest of the body," police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Friday.
the head is not connected to the body found in tucson, az on jan 6th....


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Pima County sheriff’s deputies are in contact with Los Angeles authorities to determine whether body parts found near the Hollywood sign this week are related to the dismembered body discovered in the desert nearly two weeks ago.
The sheriff’s department has asked authorities in Los Angeles to “expedite a DNA comparison as soon as possible,” to determine if the parts are related to the headless body found west of Tucson, said Pima County sheriff's Bureau Chief Rick Kastigar.
A man’s body was found on the side of a dirt road on Jan. 6 west of the Tucson Mountains by two men cutting grass to feed their animals. The man’s head, hands and feet were missing and were not found.
On Tuesday a man’s head was found near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. Hands and feet possibly belonging to the same person were also found in the area Wednesday.



This magic moment
So different and so new
Was like any other
Until I met you
And then it happened
It took me by surprise
I knew that you felt it too
I could see it by the look in your eyes

Sweeter than wine
Softer than a summer's night
Everything I want, I have
Whenever I hold you tight

This magic moment,
While your lips are close to mine,
Will last forever,
Forever, 'til the end of time

So why won't you dance with me?
Why won't you dance with me?

This magic moment
So different and so new
Was like any other
Until I met you

And then it happened
It took me by suprise
I knew that you felt it too
I could see it by the look in your eyes

Sweeter than wine
Softer than a summer's night
Everything I want, I have
Whenever I hold you tight


lou reed- live- Olympia Theatre 25 may 1974 Paris France


A young man loses himself in his environment 
so that his movements reveal the world that exists in his imagination, 
transcending reality through his muse of dance.

"Another Day," written by James LaValle, Published by Songs Music Publishing LLC o/b/o Ram Island Songs (ASCAP), Album Leaf Music (ASCAP)

Director: Ben Shirinian
Composer: James LaValle
Choreographer/Dancer: Guillaume Côté
Producers: Leslie Aimée Gottlieb, David Miller
Production Company: Krystal Levy Pictures Ltd.
Funder: Bravo!FACT


purse with teeth by nancy fouts- london
photo- lee adams
reposted courtesy~ ron athey~ london/antebellum correspondent


Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal.
But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent.
The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet, whose black-and-white photographs are now set to go on display at the International Center of Photography.

the pair had married in the District of Columbia to evade the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which banned any white person marrying any non-white person.
But when they returned to Virginia, police stormed into their room in the middle of the night and they were arrested. 
The pair were found guilty of miscegenation in 1959 and were each sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for 25 years if they left Virginia.

They moved back to the District of Columbia, where they began the long legal battle to erase their criminal records - and justify their relationship.
Following vocal support from the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches, the Lovings won the fight - with the Supreme Court branding Virginia's anti-miscegenation law unconstitutional in 1967.
It wrote in its decision: 'Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival.
'To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law.'

Following the ruling, there was a 448 per cent increase in the number of interracial marriages in Georgia alone.
In 2007, 32 years after her husband died, Mrs Loving - who herself passed away the following year - released a statement in support of same-sex marriage.
She said: 'Not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry
'I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.




Los Angeles police looked for more human body parts Wednesday after searchers discovered two hands and two feet in the same area of a park where dog walkers found a severed human head inside a plastic bag.
The first hand was found as dozens of officers and homicide investigators combed the brush along a winding trail in the Hollywood Hills. A coroner's cadaver dog came upon it about 50 yards from where the head was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The second hand and both feet were found nearby later Wednesday afternoon. No details were immediately available on the condition of the body parts.

The remains were believed to belong to the same man, but police were working to confirm that through testing.
The man may have been killed elsewhere in recent days and his body dumped in the park, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. Wild animals in the park may have other body parts, he said.
Authorities said the head came from a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s.

"One of the dogs ran into the brush and came out carrying a plastic grocery bag," Smith said of Tuesday's discovery.
"As the dogs shook the plastic grocery bag the severed human head fell out of the bag and onto the ground," he told KCBS-TV.

The man hasn't been identified. Police were looking at reports of missing persons, and coroner's investigators were to check dental records.
Smith noted that the area is well-traveled by both cars and hikers. A paved road winds around picnic areas and a children's playground before connecting with a trail that eventually winds up near the Hollywood sign.

A second trail leads to a short tunnel known locally as the Batcave because it was used for a scene in the 1960s "Batman" series. It has also been used for filming TV and movie productions.


photo courtesy~ steve diet goedde


Director/Cinematographer: Moby Longinotto
Producer: Aviva Wishnow ("Blank City")
In Association with Pure Fragment Films

The feature documentary follows The Joneses family along their courageous pursuit of love.  Trevor is a 34 year old virgin, Brad was born with brain damage, and Jheri Rae Jones was formerly their father. Now, as three single adults living under one trailer park roof in small town Mississippi, they are each ready to embark on a journey to find love outside this reunited, close-knit family unit.
THE JONESES feature documentary will capture Jheri’s quest to find an accepting and loving man; Brad’s search for romance among the mentally challenged; Trevor’s attempts to find a girl who isn’t put off by his lack of experience; and how the three of them stick together as an extremely unique and loving family. Each of their individual journeys to find romance are fevered, funny, often fruitless, but full of heart and human insight.


Hikers in the Hollywood Hills found a human head in a plastic bag Tuesday when two of their dogs began playing with the object, Los Angeles police said
The women made the discovery on a popular trail below the Hollywood sign at about 3:45 p.m., police said.
"Two of the dogs began to play with the bag and what appeared to be an object. While the dogs were playing with it, at some point the object came out of the bag and they discovered that it was a head – a severed head," Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told KCAL-TV. The bag was visible from the trail, she said.
The head was believed to be a male, Fierro said, and didn't appear to have been in the area for long.
"There's not a lot of signs of decomposition yet," she said.
The women who discovered the bag work as dog walkers and had about nine dogs with them at the time, Officer Karen Rayner said.
Investigators hopefully will come up with a sketch of the victim in order to identify who he is, Fierro said. Coroner's investigators also will attempt to identify the victim through dental records.
Police were guarding the crime scene overnight, with detectives set to resume searching for possible additional human remains and other clues after sunrise Wednesday.
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photo courtesy~ stanley de huv



Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles 2012 Photographed early in the morning on New Year's Day with the Yashica T4. That's downtown LA on the left and Catalina island on the distant right horizon.
photo courtesy~ steve diet goedde



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Gene Gregorits as "Ronnie Lee" from JOYCE,
 still from video by Cyril Kuhn. 2002,
made in residence at Kampnagel, Hamburg.
performance art piece by RON ATHEY



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OF WOLVES AND MEN by Barry Lopez~
Olaus Magnus writes... that at Christmas werewolves gathered together for drinking bouts and forcefully entered houses for the purpose of raiding the wine cellar.
Later, they "gathered at the walls of an old castle where they engaged in leaping contests."
 In the book, the picture above is captioned, "The Livonian wolves at the leaping wall.


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PINA- doco directed by wim wenders

PINA is a 2011 German 3D dance film directed by Wim Wenders.
The film has been selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.
During the preparation of the documentary about Pina Bausch, she died unexpectedly. 
Wim Wenders cancelled the film production, but the other dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal convinced him to make the film anyway. It now shows these other dancers, talking about her and dancing in her honor, not just in the theater, but most of the time at various outdoor locations.

i loved pina bausch as a choreographer and artist. i remembering attended her 1st LA performance of CAFE MULLER way back in 1984ish with michele lamy, richard newton and my partner michi.
we were all taken with the performance and she influenced my photos shoot for lamy men and michele lamy women's wear the following year.

as a film i find wim wenders uneven and this film falls into this category. some of the performances are spectacular, like the outdoor dance w here the woman dancer falls face first and trusts her male dance partner to catch her... somehow it's heartbreaking. i also loved the "Godzilla" women in a sequin dress boarding the uban in berlin as she creates her own sound effects for all her movements. 
this is what art should be.  the more recent performances are a little too pretentious. 
but who am i to knit-pick. we lost a great artist with the passing of PINA BAUSCH.



Beth by Alex Gildzen 


Vine St clings to her
like the dahlia in her hair

his convertible cruises toward
that intersection of dreams

it seems this nite
will go on forever

& in a way it does
because I remember it

just as I won’t forget
the glitter on her faraway grave

nothing in the horror movies
he had yet to make

wd shake our ground
like those rotogravures

of that empty lot
full of her parts

a '40s ice cream parlor (stolen booth for booth from the late
C.C. Brown's)

a moment of the imagination
floating somewhere between the mid '40s & mid '50s

Beth   (who looks like
Elizabeth Short)
Jimmy   (who looks like
James Dean)
soda jerk   (who looks like
Percy Helton)

Beth sits alone. it's a summer afternoon but she's wearing a black dress & a hat. even tho the place is empty she looks around. seeing no one she brings a finger to her mouth & fusses with a tooth. she hears a noise & snaps the finger out of her mouth.

Jimmy lopes into the place. when Beth sees him she smiles. he moves his right hand in a small semi-circle then slowly approaches the booth & settles in. Beth continues to smile. Jimmy looks sullen.


over the years I've written a few speeches for this play but I've lost them all. of course the woman known as the Black Dahlia was murderd in LA 2 & a half years before Dean moved to LA. but for decades these faces have been LA to me. so in the play I bring them face to face to discuss the urge for fame & the premonition of early death.

it's a 2-character play except for a brief moment when my favorite character actor appears to ask their order. Percy is Hollywood of that period. he adds layers to the play as once again he is Everyman.


the play that won't finish itself came back to me this afternoon when I read Todd Moore's
new essay. in his mind Dillinger lets Todd touch his gun. in my mind Beth keeps asking me to put her pieces back together.

I've spent at least a half century considering Short & Dean & Helton. each means something different to me. yet it seems natural that I shd bring the trio together in one piece. if I ever complete it I'll dedicate it to Todd whose staccato lines slap the dictionary out of my hands.

Todd & I have had many desserts together over the years but we've not been to Hollywood at the same time. C. C. Brown's is gone. but we cd walk past what's left of the Florentine Gardens. the smell of the dahlia wafts down from its neon sign. & if we wear the shoes without holes we cd keep walking all the way to Griffith Observatory where Dean & a knife made movie history.

"dreaming the dream." Beth & Jimmy both did. & their halting dialog keeps playing in my head. so I dream their dreams & they become mine.
9 june 08:SF
exact location where the black dahlia's body was found- 1/15/ 2011

exact location where the black dahlia's body was found- 1/15/1947


for Todd Moore

the walk
from Florentine Gardens
to Boardner's
is quick
on a quake afternoon

the pavement
she walkd
is gone

now names of stars
she never knew
are buried
in a dazzle
like the glitter
on her grave

her name
isn't there
but her shadow
prowls Hollywood Blvd

there is blood
& then
there is blood

her blood
one of the great
vanishing acts
of the 20th century

her pieces
the first step
toward stardom

tour guides tell
which buildings
she may have
lived in
more buildings
than suspects
in her killing

each new book
finds her blood
in another place

all that blood

but her pieces
still there
on Hollywood Blvd
between Florentine Gardens
& Boardner's

29 july 08:SF

“Richard Carlson Gives Elizabeth Short a Charm Bracelet” is from the work-in-progress The Arrow That is Hollywood Pierces the Soul That is Me.
“Unfinishd Play” first appeard online in Arroyo Chamisa & “Looking for the Blood of Elizabeth Short” in Outlaw Poetry.

posting courtesy~ alex gildzen~ santa fe/antebellum correspodent