Before taking up fiction writing, Ellroy supported himself by working as a golf caddy.
Opposes the death penalty.
Mother was murdered in 1958 when Ellroy was nine years old.
Favorite book as a youth was Jack Webb's The Badge.
Ellroy predicted that the film adaptation of his novel, "L.A Confidential" would would be "an intriguing flop". It was considered one of the greatest films in cinema history. He predicted the same of the adaptation of "The Black Dahlia." The film was a box office failure.
Ironically, he is (notoriously) in Alcoholics Anonymous.
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