Thursday, January 17, 2008
There Will Be More Blood....The real Daniel Plainview
Edward L. Doheny of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The King of California oil, one of the richest men ever to walk the streets of Los Angeles, a key figure is the"teapot dome scandal" that brought down the Harding administration, a key contributor to institutions all over Los Angeles, the inspiration for Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel, "Oil" and the man behind the character, Daniel Plainview, in the new film "There Will Be Blood." The final scenes of the film take place in Doheny's famous 55 room Beverly Hills mansion, Greystone. The building,an oft used location familiar to movie goers everywhere, has a tragic past. Doheny built it as a wedding gift for his son, Ned. At the time, it was the most expensive building ever built in California.
"On February 16, 1929, four months after Ned Doheny, his wife Lucy and their five children moved into Greystone, Ned died in his bedroom in a murder-suicide with his secretary, Hugh Plunket. The official story indicated Plunket murdered Ned either because of a "nervous disorder" or inflamed with anger over not receiving a raise. Others point out that Ned's gun was the murder weapon and that Ned was not buried in a Catholic cemetery with the rest of his family, indicating that he had committed suicide. Both men were involved in the trial of Ned's father in the Teapot Dome scandal."
The man leading the investigation into the famous scandal was none other than Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin....the great father of all progressives. Doheny, on the right, is pictured with his lawyer
during the teapot dome hearings. Greystone Mansion is a public park and open to visitors and I'd like to thank Andy G., the man from the "dirty south" (of Milwaukee), for this whole thing.