The Good Times End Suddenly For Charlie & 'Surf City'
The sign at the town limits says "Malibu - 27 Miles Of Scenic Beauty."
Well, the area might not be modest but who's to argue about the beauty? Malibu, as pointed out in the show, was beautiful years ago and it's still very scenic, even if more people are building houses each day. This episode is as much about the town of Malibu as much as it is the crime story. There really isn't a whole lot to discuss concerning the crime, anyway. A woman shot a well-known record producer and was caught within hours and then pleaded guilty at the last minute after trial delays. (More on that later.)
Malibu is about as star-studded in its scenery as it is in the many movie celebrities and bigwigs who live there. There are no big businesses to dominate or pollute the landscape as you see right to the east of it in Los Angeles. Yes, Malibu is just a 27-mile ocean strip of mansions and beaches and some pricey restaurants. It's the home of surfers, too, of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Gidget and all the other faired-haired sights and sounds who helped put Malibu "on the map" in the 1950s and 1960s.
Speaking of sounds, "Good Time" Charlie Minor was having a good time in the area, too. After graduating from college in Georgia and moving west, Charlie began a big, big success in the music business. He helped a lot of famous singers, it's noted here, working tirelessly to make sure DJs played their records. Minor would make up to 600 phone calls a day, if necessary.
Unfortunately, he also got caught up with some of the "perks" of the business that brings down many a celebrity: woman, booze and drugs; a lifestyle a little too long on material things and shallow relationships. It caught up with Charlie when he dumped an ex-stripper who turned ultimate scorned woman who wound up pumping nine bullets into his body one day in the mid '90s. The innocence of "Surf City, U.S.A.," had officially been lost. Come back, Jan & Dean!
The killer, Suzette McClure, didn't do much to hide her crime, leaving her driver's license at the scene of the crime! Her attorney, naturally, blamed the killing on others, saying her client was just a victim. How many times have you heard that from defense attorneys? That plea was going nowhere and, after two years of haggling, McClure stunned everyone by pleading to a second-degree murder charge just before the trial was going to begin. The most disappointed people were the vultures of the press, who loved all the dirt that had gone on about the music business.
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