A freewheeling catalog of misfits, eccentrics, creeps, criminals, and failed dreamers, this compendium profiles 45 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State's well-deserved reputation for nonconformity. In the pages, Gold Rush pioneers are revealed as murderous madmen; Hollywood celebrities are shown to be drug-addled sex maniacs; early hippies are just 1950s weirdos; and even seemingly ordinary Californians have a talent for freakish, crazy, and criminal behavior. From frontier lunatic Grizzly Adams, whose head was one massive wound after multiple bear attacks, to ""I Love Lucy"" star William Frawley, a racist, misogynist, foul-mouthed drunk, and legendarily awful film director Ed Wood, ""California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts"" is a side-splitting look at the people who made California the strangest place on earth.
About the Author
David Kulczyk (pronounced Coal-check) is a Sacramento-based crime historian. He was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1958, and grew up in nearby Linwood. He spent his twenties as a musician, his thirties as a bike messenger, his forties making money, and his fifties writing books. His work has appeared in The SF Guardian, The East Bay Express, Madison Magazine, Maximum Ink Music Magazine, Pop Culture Press, the Seattle Times and the Sacramento News and Review. Kulczyk has written three other books, California Justice: Shootouts, Lynchings and Assassinations in the Golden State, Death In California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State, and California s Fruits, Flakes and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps. He has a B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento.