The Shortstop Bar (black dot in upper left corner) has been a hangout for cops since it opened in 1940 on 1455 W. Sunset Blvd at the intersection of Sutherland St. near Dodger Stadium. It is roughly six blocks north of Carroll Ave. Hildy Southerlyn is a fictional Catholic character in Mark Fuhrman’s Murder in Greenwich movie, which is loosely based on his second book. Donald Sutherland is Father Robert Koestler, a Catholic priest in The Rosary Murders (’87). This movie has a street scene filmed on location in Detroit with Sutherland’s character and a pizza parlor in the background, and a diner scene with a man wearing a Tiger baseball cap. Sutherland is a Nazi spy in Eye of the Needle (’81).
The House on Carroll Street is set in New York City between the early spring and late summer of 1951. The bar scene has references to star players for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers as well as an inside joke about the Detroit Tigers’ shortstop with multiple hidden meanings. The indifference of the FBI Cardinals fan and Dodgers fan to a baseball game on the radio makes it a sure bet that the Dodgers are not playing the Cardinals.
The letters in, “The Brooklyn Dodgers not playing the St. Louis Cardinals” allows you to extract significant words (Books, not), names (hildy Suotherlyn, Cardinals, Tigers, Lange) and abbreviations (op Det.) with whole words that can be shuffled to relay different message and no left over letters: If you extract Tiger instead of Tigers you get sop instead of op. Op is an abbreviation for operation and Det is an abbreviation for Detective and Detroit. SOP, meaning standard (or standing) operational procedure should require no elaboration with respect to homicide investigations.
Operation Detroit was the WW II plan to drop the 82nd Airborne Division near the French town of Sainte-Mčre-Église for the D-Day landing of allied troops against German forces on Normandy. Operation Chicago was the plan to drop the 101 Airborne Division between the 82nd and the 4th Division on Utah beach to block a German Army retreat. In the actual invasion, elements of the 82nd and 101st got mixed together. In 1967 elements of the 82nd and 101st were brought into the east side of Detroit (east of Woodward Ave.) to keep the rioting on the west side from spreading. The unnamed House on Carroll Street “op” was to give Nazi war criminals the identities of Jews buried in New York and send them by train to Chicago where their true identities could not be traced.
Using the American airborne division drops in the WW II D-Day invasion as a guide, the Shortstop’s proximity to Highway 101, with all of the 101 links to the Bundy murders as well as to Mark Fuhrman, Faye Resnick, Kevin DeVries and Brad Roberts, makes for strong Detroit-Chicago interconnections. There are many of them in history and relevant movies. If their was a plot to frame O.J. Simpson for murder on the night he was scheduled to fly to Chicago, you couldn’t give it a better name to draw in all of the movie and reality links to O.J., Fuhrman, Roberts, DeVries and Resnick, than Operation Chicago.
There are no matching street names in California on a Google map search of “Southerlyn.” All you get are streets named “Sutherland,” which is what the name sounds like in Fuhrman’s Murder in Greenwich movie and how you would most likely spell it if you didn’t see the spelling in the end credits. A rainy scene on Hildy Southerlyn’s patio is where she tells Fuhrman that she attended a Catholic school. The scene after Fuhrman tells his book writing partner his Michael Skakel solution to the “22-year-old” Martha Moxley murder mystery is in the bar where Fuhrman and “Hildy” first saw each other. The final bar scene with Hildy Southerland dissolves into flashbacks of Michael working himself into a murderous rage with a “hacker” smashing a pumpkin with a baseball bat to symbolize Michael hitting Martha in the head with a golf club.
A search for a street named Southerlyn in Southern California is what brought up the Shortstop Bar. Southerlyn, as in Hildy Southerlyn, is an obvious combination of Souther (as in southern) and lyn (as in Brooklyn). What isn’t obvious is the Detroit connection to Hildy Southerlyn by way of Twin Peaks (the 1990-91 David Lynch series in which Sherilyn Fenn, who was born in Detroit and plays Audrey Horne. From the letters in Lynch, Detroit, Sherilyn Fenn and Audrey Horne you can spell Hildy Southerly. The point is, you can’t get that full name without Lynch and Detroit. With Lynch, you get every actor in the cast of Twin Peaks, three of whom were born in Detroit (Sherilyn Fenn, David Patrick Kelly and Piper Laure) and two of whom (Ray Wise and Dan O’Herlihy) appeared in Robocop (’87), which is set in Detroit. In addition, Kenneth Welsh, a rogue FBI agent in Twin Peaks, is Joe Hackett in The House on Carroll Street, the FBI agent who makes the wisecrack about the shortstop for the Tigers.
307 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
Highland Park, MI is an autonomous city inside the borders of Detroit, just as Highland Park, CA is an autonomous city inside of Los Angeles. It is also a suburb of Chicago.
Crane and Hackett are key characters in The House on Carroll Street. Their combined efforts regarding a book leads to a boat carrying furniture and Nazi war criminals and a plot by one U.S. government official with powerful connections to use the Nazis to further his own political agenda.
5524 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
Tom Monaghan served in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. He founded Domino’s in 1960 and purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1983. In his 1986 autobiography he wrote about his childhood dreams growing up in an Ann Arbor orphanage run by Catholic nuns: “I remember telling the class when I grew up I wanted to be a priest, an architect, and a shortstop for the Detroit Tigers.”
Comedian Don Adams was a WW II combat Marine and drill instructor. In The Return of Maxwell Smart (1980) you see him exiting an airplane with a large Provisional Intelligence Tactical Service (PITS) logo on the side (there is a Carroll St. in Pittsburg, CA) where he is met by “the chief” and an Air Force security guard. In the next scene the chief takes him to a “rendezvous point” in a park where he meets his new partner, Agent 22. In the climactic scene, Smart and 22 find CHAOS headquarters on the side of a mountain with a closed giant zipper between two armed guards. The fly on the bottom of the zipper slides up to open the cave entrance and a woman steps out. Those things plus the route around a “mountain” on the map from the Shortstop to Fidel’s and Domino’s are Fuhrman-Roberts links to the Adams’ movie.
Det. Lange’s place in “The Brooklyn Dodgers not playing the St. Louis Cardinals” in The House on Carroll Street bar scene scrabble game could have as much to do with Fuhrman, Monaghan, Adams and Lange’s partner Phil Vannatter as it does with Robery/Homicide SOP. Like Fuhrman, Adams and Monaghan, Tom Lange was a Marine. Like Adams he was a combat Marine. Like Tom Monaghan and Mark Fuhrman he went to a Catholic school. Like Fuhrman, Lange’s partner Phil Vannatter has the same birthday, April 18. Vannatter was born in 1941. Roberts was born in 1950, making their age difference 11 years to the day.
Little Caesar’s Pizza
4401 Eagle Rock Blvd / Los Angeles, CA
Little Caesar’s was founded in 1959 by Mike and Marian Ilitch, owners of the Detroit Tigers since 1992
Headquarters: 2211 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 http://www.littlefoxes.com/web/t-links.aspx . Any route from the Shortstop (A) to Little Caesar’s (B) takes you past a park and the same “mountain.” The green dot on York Blvd between N Avenue 55 and N Avenue 56 is Domino’s Pizza. The red dot on the left side of the map southwest of Highway 101 represents 6007 Lanewood Ave, the address of someone name Bradford Dutton Roberts. The purple slash just above Highway 101 is Carroll Ave. The operative word is “avenue.” The operative word, however, is not 101. It’s 2 (Santa Monica Blvd., the arterial street south of Lanewood Ave. and the Highway 2 rout from the Shortstop to Little Caesar’s Pizza.
In Murder in Brentwood, Fuhrman makes two curious references to pizzas. The first one is in item 5 on the reprint of his Bundy notes – which translates into a scrabble game code taken from the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” just like “The Brooklyn Dodgers not playing the St. Louis Cardinals” does in The House on Carroll Street. His second eye-catching pizza reference is on page 305 of Murder in Brentwood. He recounts taunting reporters camped outside of his house on a cold October day by telling them how warm he is inside and adding, “If you’re hungry call Second Avenue Pizza. Just tell them you’re across the street from Fuhrman’s house.” October is the season for the end of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the entire World Series. There are two avenues between Little Caesar’s Pizza and California Highway 2. If you have any doubt about the connection between Fuhrman and the World Series go here http://smartfellowspress.com/smoke_3_chap_5.htm (search Yank) and here http://smartfellowspress.com/baseball.htm (for Fuhrman photos scroll to bottom).
Below the pizza restaurants in Highland Park and Los Angels, from The Shortstop down past Dodger Stadium and Carroll Ave (A) to the LAPD Missing Persons Unit (B) where Det. Brad Roberts worked before he retired in 2007, you get these other points of interest. All of them are within a 1 mile radius of each other:
Only two people weave narrative connection between all ten of these highlighted zones and the bar scenes in Murder in Greenwich and The House on Carroll Street – Mark Fuhrman and his partner Brad Roberts. –Jasper