The decomposed corpse of a woman was found in a ravine in Griffith Park when passers-by reported a foul odor to Park Rangers.
...body was found wrapped in a tarp in Griffith Park is being investigated as a possible homicide...
Homicide? It was the tarp that tipped them off, wasn't it?
Griffith Park has had an interesting history. In 1863, cheated out of her family's lands, Donna Petranilla, the 17-year-old niece of the original owner, Don Antonio Feliz placed a curse on the new owner, Don Antonio Coronel, which is said to have extended to the man who bequeathed the park to the City in 1896, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, when he shot his wife in Santa Monica in 1903.
The place has seen its share of strife, from brush fires to murders. In 1933 100 people died in a fire that created one of the largest pro-union demonstrations in the city at that time.
In more recent time it's become a favorite dumping ground for corpses.
Personally, I don't think it's as good as some places in the Santa Monica Mountains, where there are more coyotes and cougars, or the Angeles Crest forest, which is so damn big that with a little imagination no one's ever going to find the fruits of your misdeeds.
What it lacks in permanence, though, it makes up for in convenience. It's easily accessible, close to many parts of Los Angeles, has many exits and fire roads, and is poorly patrolled. You could easily drive through at two in the morning and drop off a couple bodies and it might take days to find them.
Enough time to hightail it out of town, at least.