Contact/About James

Why did I write this book? Here’s my recent interview about it with online magazine Voyage LA, and another with ShoutOut LA that explains even more…

Originally from London, James T. Bartlett has been a freelance journalist since 1999 and has been living in Los Angeles since 2004. As a true crime expert he has appeared on Ghost Adventures, The UnXplained with William Shatner, and many podcasts.

His true crime book The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America, a reexamination of a scandalous film-noir style murder in 1953 territorial Alaska was published in 2022, and his short story “Under The Stars” was selected for the 2023 Sisters in Crime – Los Angeles anthology, Entertainment To Die For.

He has written about travel, lifestyle, history, food, entertainment and the weird and wonderful side of life in over 130 magazines and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Atlas Obscura, ALTA California,, Los Angeles Magazine, Crime Reads, Hemispheres, Real Crime, Jungle Red Writers, Career Authors, Frommers, Westways, High Life, Delta Sky, American Way, KCET, The Guardian,, Variety, Bizarre, Discover Hollywood, Belfast Telegraph, History Ireland, FAMILIA, Sunday Life, Whitechapel Journal, Daily Mirror, and His radio appearances include KSKA, KPCC, KCRW, KFI AM 640, BBC Radio Ulster and RTE 1 (Ireland).

I am available for PRIVATE WALKING TOURS OF HOLLYWOOD AND DOWNTOWN LA – please email for details. Past tours and lectures include: Central Theatre Group, Dearly Departed Tours, Los Angeles Breakfast Club, “My Favorite Murder” – L.A. Murderinos, Yelp Elite Tours, Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Central Library and “Halloween at The Barn” – Hollywood Heritage Museum.

James feels that life was more exciting when you could buy poison at every corner store, and posts about famous – and unknown – 20th century crimes on Twitter #GourmetGhosts and Instagram @GourmetGhosts


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