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Arrest Finally Made in Hollywood Sign Severed Head Case

Victim's former roommate, partner charged with murder

(Newser) - Police made a long-awaited arrest over a murder scene that unfolded at the iconic Hollywood sign. In January 2012, two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles' Griffith Park made a morbid discovery: a human head; more body parts were eventually found . Now, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez has been arrested... More »

Hollywood Sign Gets a Facelift

Landmark given biggest makeover since 1978

(Newser) - Los Angeles' most famous landmark is now looking its best after a major makeover—the biggest in 34 years. The Hollywood sign's nine 50-foot-tall letters have been refurbished and given a fresh coat of paint in time for its 90th birthday next year. At the VIP-studded unveiling of the... More »

Cops Eye Magnotta in Hollywood Decapitation

He may have been in California when victim was dismembered

(Newser) - Was Luka Magnotta a serial killer who only filmed his latest murder? Police are probing a possible link between the Canadian murder suspect to an unsolved slaying in his hometown of Montreal—and further afield, including in Hollywood, where a headless body was found near the famous sign earlier this... More »

Agency Trying to Sell Pics of Severed Hollywood Head

$5K being asked for shots of woman posing with gruesome find

(Newser) - A photo agency that usually sells paparazzi shots is trying to sell photos of the severed head found near the Hollywood sign earlier this week. One of the dogwalkers who found the head posed for photos with it and is smiling in at least one of them, reports Gawker , which... More »

More Body Parts Found Near Hollywood Sign

Cops collect hands, feet

(Newser) - A day after dogs came upon a severed human head near the Hollywood sign , police have amassed several more body parts. Some 30 officers and dogs combed seven acres in a homicide probe yesterday, and a cadaver dog discovered two hands. Then, just before police called it a day, they... More »

Human Head Found Near Hollywood Sign

Hikers' dogs make grisly discovery

(Newser) - It's the kind of discovery a producer might make a movie about. Hikers in the Hollywood Hills found a human head in a plastic bag on a trail below the famous Hollywood sign, the Los Angeles Times reports. They made the grisly discovery after their dogs started playing with... More »

Hollywood to New Zealand: Get Your Own Sign

City plans to build 'Wellywood' sign on hillside

(Newser) - Sequels are one thing in Hollywood, blatant rip-offs are another—especially when it comes to the town's iconic sign. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is prepared to take legal action against Wellington International Airport in the New Zealand capital as it announced plans to build a giant "Wellywood"... More »

Hugh Hefner Chips in to Save Hollywood Sign

Hef donates $900K; $12.5M needed to buy land from developers

(Newser) - Hugh Hefner donated $900,000 to save the iconic Hollywood sign today, joining Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other California notables who've stepped up to save the sign from real estate developers. The Tiffany Foundation has ponied up $500,000, but more is still needed: The Trust for Public Land estimates... More »

Land Trust Group Makes Deal to Save Hollywood Sign

Land behind icon will be off-limits to development

(Newser) - An environmental group has a deal in the works to protect the land around the “Hollywood” sign from being turned into luxury homes, and will cover up the iconic sign Thursday to draw attention to the scheme. "The Hollywood sign cannot be separated from its untrammeled setting of... More »

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