Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.


  1. Alan F. Jones
    September 14, 2018 @ 2:31 pm

    Dear Kim,

    I have just come across your article on “Lewis the Light” and found it to of great interest as I research the George Edalji case here in the UK.

    Do you know anymore details on Frank Sharp or, the “Ark” boarding house where the two lodged?

    Best wishes,

    Dr Alan F. Jones PhD


    • mm rss
      September 14, 2018 @ 8:27 pm

      Hello Alan,

      I’m glad this odd character provided some insight for your researches. You might search in the digitized Herald archives for more on Lewis the Light and the Ark, starting with this explicit mention.

      happy hunting,


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