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The Los Angeles Forest

Is it really a major dumping ground for bodies?

I saw someone mention this on that Dead To Me show and then the protagonists proceed to bury a corpse there.

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by Anonymousreply 4905/27/2020

Well, it ain’t no Meadowlands.

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by Anonymousreply 105/21/2020

There's forests in Los Angeles?

by Anonymousreply 205/21/2020

OP, yes. They're always finding cadavers up there.

by Anonymousreply 305/21/2020

An old article from 1997 about the forest, but still a good read.

by Anonymousreply 405/21/2020

Duh -- the link.

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by Anonymousreply 505/21/2020

great article. Makes me want to check it out. Seems like the real danger was cartel run pot farms and the big difference between now and then is that we now have drones and tech to spot people...

by Anonymousreply 605/21/2020

There is no "Los Angeles Forest." Are you referring to the Angeles National Forest?

by Anonymousreply 705/21/2020

I am reading the book “The Big Goodbye” about the making of “Chinatown” and the author mentions that Los Angeles’ particular mystique in relation to crime is due in part to the fact that it is a major metropolis that abuts completely against a total wilderness - what OP calls the “Los Angeles Forest” but is properly referred to as the Transverse Ranges, the extremely rugged chain of mountains running east-west north of the LA Basin.

The only other a American metropolis with such a significant wilderness “edge” is Miami, which abuts the Everglades and not coincidentally is also a significant city in crime fiction.

by Anonymousreply 805/21/2020

Yes, OP. I've used it several times. There are some easy spots on the Angeles Crest road heading north before you get to the Devil's Canyon Trailhead - easy access on the right and you can get into the woods a fair distance for a dump. With things closed it's easy to do an in-and-out, and I'm not one of those nuts to make a scene of it.

I used to use Mt. Mooney because of the switchbacks keeping traffic down, but the fucking observatory started pulling a lot of traffic in the evening so I headed north a bit.

Good times.

Hey, if you're ever in LA maybe I can, you know, take you up there.

by Anonymousreply 905/21/2020

I DO hope that R9 is talking about dumping old appliances.

by Anonymousreply 1005/21/2020

[quote] The only other a American metropolis with such a significant wilderness “edge” is Miami, which abuts the Everglades and not coincidentally is also a significant city in crime fiction.


by Anonymousreply 1105/21/2020

I mean... our mountain rangers are known for allllll sorts of spooky shit. Urban legends abound. But yeah, I'm sure bodies have been dumped all over our mountains. Humans use nature as a dump all the time.

You should look into Black Star Canyon in Orange County. It's in the northernmost part of the Cleveland National Forest, which stretches from Corona, CA all the way down to San Diego. BEAUTIFUL span of ranges.

by Anonymousreply 1205/21/2020

R10, do you think I'm too stupid to know what a thread is about? Do you think I don't know what I'm saying?

Others have made that kind of mistake.


It's a nice park. So quiet.

by Anonymousreply 1305/21/2020

OP, what R7 said. Nobody calls it the Los Angeles Forest. It's the Angeles National Forest, or people simply say they're 'going up to the mountains.'

As for areas where sketchy things happen, I've seen more than a few faint trails that meander off of the main hiking trails where I've wondered: hmmm, I wonder who goes there?

by Anonymousreply 1405/24/2020

Finally an interesting thread!

by Anonymousreply 1505/24/2020

OP apparently doesn't mind doling out spoilers.

by Anonymousreply 1605/24/2020

I had a friend in my early 20s whose body was found there. Jeremy. He was a wonderful human being and I still miss him.

I have no idea what happened. Police said he probably fell.

by Anonymousreply 1705/24/2020

R17, so sorry for your loss.

If he was a hiker, chances are that he did fall. A lot of Angeles Forest trails are very narrow and precarious, with steep drop-offs. I've had to turn back a few times from crumbling, poorly-maintained trails.

by Anonymousreply 1805/24/2020

Also sorry to hear R17. Great article R4 - thank you for posting it.

I'm hoping it was something more biodegradable R10.

by Anonymousreply 1905/24/2020

R8, greater LA metro also borders the barren deserts on the north and east, such as the Mojave desert -- definitely places where shady characters get up to no good.

by Anonymousreply 2005/24/2020

[quote] Great article [R4] - thank you for posting it.

And still accurate. I have a friend who works for the Forest Service and some of the things he says that get discovered and don't get reported: yikes!

by Anonymousreply 2105/24/2020

The Angeles National Forest has a twin on the East Coast: Gilgo Beach in Long Island. Police believe up to 3 serial killers have used it as a dumping ground.

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by Anonymousreply 2205/25/2020

It may be in Los Angeles County, but way over the San Gabriel Mountains in the middle of nowhere is hardly "IN" Los Angeles.

by Anonymousreply 2305/25/2020

Nonsense. The Angeles National Forest is one of the most popular hiking/camping areas in LA.

by Anonymousreply 2405/25/2020

Sure it is, after you take the long drive to get out there.

by Anonymousreply 2505/25/2020

Thanks to those who expressed condolences. It happened a very long time ago, but yeah. I still think of Jeremy every now and then.

I spent A LOT of time in what many Angelenos refer to as “The Crest”. We used to horse back ride and camp out there. And if you go through the two lane road, all the way through, you eventually end up at this one spot where everyone would bunji jump, back when that was still a thing.

Some of my best memories come from time spent there. We also used to party pretty hard up there, but once I got sober, it became about camping and horse back riding and getting on the back of a bike, and holding on for dear life as my then BF, sped through the canyons.

Eventually, the department of parks and recreation started charging for people to get in there. We were able to circumvent that when we would just go in to horseback ride, because we had access to do so.

It really is a beautiful area. And if you know the trails well enough, you know where to go to find waterfalls and streams to swim in. There even a trail named, The Doc Larsen Trail, which takes you to an old fashioned, straight out of a Western film, bar, or more appropriately, a saloon, where you ride up on your horse, tie it to the post, and go in for whatever calls you. We only had sodas, thankfully. I can’t imagine riding a horse, drunk, though most people who went there did just that.

by Anonymousreply 2605/25/2020

Here’s the spot we used to stop at whenever we would drive in via motorcycles and trucks, to go camping.

It burned down, sadly.

They made the. BEST omelettes.

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by Anonymousreply 2705/25/2020

Another 👇🏽

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by Anonymousreply 2805/25/2020

R28, that's sad about the Hidden Springs Cafe. Newcomb's Ranch Roadhouse is still around fortunately.

by Anonymousreply 2905/25/2020

R25 - sounds like you have never visited LA. You spend a good hour and some change to crawl down the 10 to get from Los Feliz to the beach. To get anywhere takes a long time.

by Anonymousreply 3005/25/2020

Any wilderness area by a large city has this problem.

by Anonymousreply 3105/25/2020

It sounds like a scary place.

by Anonymousreply 3205/25/2020

Actually, there was a spate of assaults on people hiking around the trails near the Observatory in LA. a few years ago. I used to go hiking there, but always with my 65 lb dog. One time she some some gang looking guys on drugs and she let out a mighty growl. They didn't bother us.

CA State Rangers have been carrying firearms for over 15 years. There are always folks up to no good that gravitate towards the wilderness. Remember Cary Stayner - he beheaded a female forest ranger in Yosemite and killed 3 other tourists there (after raping them). Like said, I never hike alone with out others or my big dog. I also carry a knife.

by Anonymousreply 3305/25/2020

I buried a few bodies there back in the day! It works in a pinch

by Anonymousreply 3405/25/2020

Sylmar, Lakeview Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga all butt up against the San Gabriel Mountains, so the Forest, if not technically IN the City of Los Angeles, is definitely right on its outskirts.

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by Anonymousreply 3505/25/2020

R33, I remember a few years back when a woman and her dog found a head wrapped inside of a bag at Griffith Park. Terrifying.

At least they solved that case.

by Anonymousreply 3605/25/2020

Why are people offering condolences to someone who happened to have a slight acquaintance with someone dead in the park?

By the way, not one of my contributions.

by Anonymousreply 3705/25/2020

r35 that's where the gangs take the bodies.

by Anonymousreply 3805/25/2020

Where do criminals dump bodies in the Bay Area?

by Anonymousreply 3905/25/2020

I love murder and cadavers and shallow graves!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 4005/25/2020

R& and R12 = eldergay prisspots

by Anonymousreply 4105/25/2020

"Where do criminals dump bodies in the Bay Area"

Yeah, where? Back end of the Berkeley Hills? There's a huge nature preserve there.

by Anonymousreply 4205/25/2020

R39 the bay or the ocean.

by Anonymousreply 4305/25/2020

Yep, Scott Peterson drove his wife's corpse San Francisco Bay and dumped her in the water.

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by Anonymousreply 4405/25/2020

The Pine Barrens is where it all goes down.

by Anonymousreply 4505/25/2020

where are the pine barrens?

by Anonymousreply 4605/25/2020

R40, that was actually funny for reasons most here aren’t aware of.

by Anonymousreply 4705/26/2020

r46 New Jersey

by Anonymousreply 4805/26/2020

That's a beautiful photo, OP.

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