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James Bartlett
The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America
Known as “the most beautiful woman in Alaska,” Diane Wells was bruised and bloodied when she screamed for help in the early hours of October 17, 1953. Her wealthy husband Cecil was dead, and she claimed they were victims of a brutal home invasion. Police were immediately suspicious, and began to search for her alleged lover, black musician Johnny Warren. A sex scandal in far-off Alaska shocked the readers of Newsweek, Life, Jet, and pulp magazines, but no one thought it would end in a Hollywood tragedy. Journalist James T. Bartlett examines the flawed investigation, and uncovers new evidence about “the most notorious and baffling murder in the history of Fairbanks.”