LAPD Northeast Division officers responded to a call about a "woman screaming" about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the Los Feliz Hills.
They discovered two dead bodies -- one of a woman in her 70s, the other of a man between 20 and 30 -- at 3605 Lowry Road.
Neighbors believe the woman may be Catherine Davis, a retired Los Feliz realtor, who founded the firm Housing Solutions.
A close friend tells us that Davis ran a "residential inn, the Writers' Villa" out of her large Spanish Colonial home. "It was very high class and expensive," she said.
According to the Villa's website:
The ambience is much like that of a fine Bed and Breakfast Inn, combining the best of hotel and home. Built in the style of a hacienda, the villa offers large rooms and private patios.
The friend also said in an email:
Her daughter, Margaret, wrote many books about famous people (Doheny, Mulholland, Murphy) and was commissioned to do commemorative books (Children's Hospital, Biltmore Hotel, Bullocks Wilshire).
The woman was found inside the Spanish Colonial Revival home at 3605 Lowry with injuries suggesting she had been beaten.
The man was found outside, where he perhaps fell from a roof or patio.
Police believe the man may have been the woman's boarder, and consider him a suspect in the killing.
Fox 11 is also reporting that police said he is a "high profile individual."
One neighbor said the suspect may have been experimenting with "a very strange concoction of bath salts."
He is also believed to have confronted workers and residents next door at 3611 Lowry--owned by another high-profile individual, former NBC News network correspondent Dan Blackburn.
Blackburn confirmed that the man had attacked Blackburn, his wife and a painter with a piece of wood.
They had minor injuries.
Neighbors expressed surprise that something like this could happen in their "quiet neighborhood" of large homes and windy, narrow streets in the hills overlooking Los Feliz Boulevard.
But in televised reports, some also mentioned that up to six people may have been boarding in the house and that they were a "rowdy" crowd.
A police line remained around the area early Wednesday evening, with the coroner's office leaving the scene around 6 p.m.
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