(Co-Writer and Co-Producer) served 22 years with the Los Angeles Police
Department, retiring as a top grade Detective III. His inspiration to write
dates back to 1970 when fellow detective Joseph Wambaugh became his favorite
author with his first best-selling novel The New Centurions. Souza began
attending evening courses at California State University, struggling through
Homer and Shakespeare while continuing to perform the demanding duties of a Los
Angeles Police Detective. Graduating with a degree in English, he developed a
habit of collecting, writing and filing information on interesting, zany
personal experiences and events in the daily life of a cop. That file, which
includes side jobs, ongoing battles with Internal Affairs Division and some
other questionable activities, served as the nucleus for Hollywood
As a young officer,
Souza was assigned to the "Hollywood Dicks" (as they are called) to
investigate bizarre and unusual homicides in Tinsel Town. He then landed a
position in the prestigious Robbery Homicide Division, serving as a citywide
crime task force coordinator and investigator of serial killers, major crimes
and complex multi-jurisdictional homicide cases, handling dozens of high-profile
cases. They include the Westside Rapist case that claimed more than 50 elderly
victims, the William Bonin "Freeway Killer" case, involving the brutal
deaths of more than 23 young boys and the Dorothy Mae arson murder that took the
lives of 26 people. He and his partner Tom Lange also investigated the quadruple
Wonderland Murder Case involving porn star John Holmes. Souza and Lange have
written a book entitled Four on the Floor, a 20-year case study delving
into the worlds of pornography, drugs, murder-for-hire, graft and corruption.
Shelton asked Souza to serve as law-enforcement consultant on the film Dark
Blue, also set in the world of the L.A.P.D. It was during filming that Souza
and Shelton began writing Hollywood Homicide.
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