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2006-05-26 - 1:21 p.m.
Barbara Stanwyck Eat Your Heart Out
If you've never seen Double Indemnity, do yourself a favor and rent it. It defines both 1940s American film noir and the quintessential femme fatale in the person of La Stanwyck.
I do need to rent it again -- I hear my 300-plus-title Netflix queue calling.
Anyway, I am just reminded of that classic of yore because this story from last Friday's Los Angeles Times has been on my mind all week.
Two women in their 70s were arrested Thursday after they allegedly befriended two homeless men, took out 19 life insurance policies on them and filed claims worth more than $2.2 million after the transients mysteriously died in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles.
I find this story fascinating. There've been several follow ups in the L.A. press this week as well.
There's something cinematic or literary about this story. I feel like it's going to stay with me for awhile.
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