Murders Named After Flowers

dahlia-flower.jpgValentines Day is tomorrow. What are some subtle ways to say “I love you to death”?

There’s always the poisonous flowers. Marjie Warriner at the Westwood Flower Garden points out that some of the most common toxic flowers include white oleander, amaryllis, peonies, and callalillies. But those require ingestion for the nasty side effects to set in. Besides, that isn’t too subtle.

According to local crime expert Larry Harnisch, there are a number local infamous murders named after flowers you could send as a subtle hint.

“There was the Gardenia murder. That’s the woman who went out dancing with her sister, took off with a charming stranger and was found dead in the parking lot of Fox Hills Golf Course. Additionally, there was a White Gardenia murder in Little Tokyo, described in Aggie Underwood’s book ‘Newspaperwoman.’

“Then there was the Red Hibiscus or Hibiscus murder. That was Naomi Tullis Cook, who was beaten to death with a bolt and left in a clump of bushes in Lincoln Park.”

At least one murder was named after the ultimate Valentine’s flower. “‘Red Rose Nude,’ in which a B-girl got killed a dumped in an abandoned coal yard in downtown L.A. That name may have only been used in the pulp magazines rather than in the newspapers.”

And if all else fails, there’s always Larry’s area of expertise, the Black Dahlia.

One thought on “Murders Named After Flowers”

  1. Just checking to see what you’ve been up to.

    I see how you feel about Valentine’s Day. So when we give flowers, what are WE really saying or are WE saying anything at all. Maybe its THEM. You know…..THEM.

    Love ya

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