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    The Murder Of William Desmond Taylor Is One Of The Most Peculiar Unsolved Mysteries

    The lack of definitive clues and evidence surrounding this case turned it into a great mystery.

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    This week's (and previous) episodes of BuzzFeed Unsolved are now available on Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Roku TV. On this episode, Ryan and Shane investigate the murder of William Desmond Taylor.

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    The morning of February 2, 1922, a film director named William Desmond Taylor was found dead.


    He was fully dressed, lying face up with blood around his mouth. It appeared as though there was no struggle and he'd died of natural causes.

    When the coroner arrived, it became clear that there was foul play.


    Upon lifting Taylor's body, a pool of blood was discovered. A .38 caliber bullet had entered the left side of his back.

    Based on the placement of the bullet holes in Taylor's jacket and vest, officials concluded that his arms were raised at the time that he was shot.


    Strangely, police considered that it might mean Taylor was embracing whoever shot him in the back.

    Police also found a silky garment.


    It was pinkish in color and "resembled a night gown." A detective believed it belonged to a woman.

    Robbery was ruled out, as Taylor's wallet was left behind with $78 cash inside.


    There were also other valuable items left inside the home.

    Before police arrived, Paramount Studio Manager Charles Eyton visited the crime scene.


    It's believed that he removed evidence from Taylor's apartment in an attempt to avoid, or minimize the scandal. Some believe he may've even planted false evidence.

    Comedian Mabel Normand was the last person known to have seen Taylor alive.


    Mabel left Taylor's home at 7:45 p.m. and was driven off by her chauffeur. At 8 p.m., the neighbors heard a sound that could've been a gunshot. The apartment manager heard a noise as well, but wrote it off.

    Shortly after the sound, a man was spotted outside Taylor's home, but the witness didn't get a good look at his face.


    The witness did see that he was clean shaven, white, and dressed in dark clothing and a cap. The lack of definitive clues and evidence surrounding this case turned it into a great mystery.

    The known details led to multiple suspects, whom Shane and Ryan discuss in depth in the episode.


    From Taylor's former secretary, to a silent film star who felt unreciprocated love for Taylor, the suspicion surrounding each suspect is compelling.

    Despite there being several potential culprits, the person responsible for killing William Desmond Taylor remains unsolved.