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“SeanRio” Flynn is now on Twitch!

19 Apr

Many of you are familiar with the app known as Twitch. Basically, it is a live streaming app popular around the world and one of its categories is live action electronic game streaming. You can download the app on their website to follow Errol Flynn’s grandson known professionally as Sean (Rio) Flynn in the TV series Zoey 101, Devious Maids, Hatfield and McCoys: Bad Blood, Return of the Killer Shrews, Scorched, Family Guy, Simon Birch, Sliders, and The Last of Robin Hood, among others. He also runs the social media related business Donatello Arm which creates 3D images using state of the art robotic arms to create high end product rotatable product images. You can learn more about that below. Today, he is introducing his new streaming gaming channel “SeanRio” on Twitch.

Check out the schedule and subscribe (it’s free!) to watch Sean Rio Flynn do battle live playing your favorite games! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!


A message from Rory Flynn about Donatello Arm Published previously on the blog:

Hello, friends of Errol! I know for a fact that Errol Flynn, my father, would have wanted everyone to know what his Grandson is up to!
My Son Rio (actor Sean Flynn) is running a new and exciting company in Atlanta GA: “Donatello Arm”!
They use a state-of-the-art robotic motion control system to shoot high end photography for the web geared mostly toward social media, especially on mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.)
It’s a very exciting way of showing off a new product for a very affordable cost! And Rio runs the studio! So feel free to reach out to him directly at:…… if you have any questions!
Check out his website for examples of how this looks:
Rio Amir
Coordinating Producer
Cell: 213.399.1092
All my best, Rory Flynn


— David DeWitt


Interview with Gunnar Nelson

03 Apr

— Maria


The Deep Waters Secret

20 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

this weekend finally saw the release of the latest film from Flashdance director Adrian Lyne “Deep Water“. It features the classical love triangle of a woman, a man and a secret. The story follows, if not entirely, the whodunnit novel from Patricia Highsmith starring stunning new Bond girl Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck, from Good Will Hunting and Flat Man renown.

In the late 1950s Flynn Enterprises announced a project called  “Deep Waters“ starring French actress Corinne Calvet and her Prince Charming husband Jeffrey Stone to be filmed by Flynntimo manager Barry Mahon in the South of France, Spain and Tangiers.

“The story is woven around the hidden treasure lost, when Freddie McEvoy’s yacht went down in a storm. Quite a yarn if truth were told.“ (Hedda Hopper)

The script to the never made movie was auctioned off online on the 15th December 2005.

The buyer is a keeper.

The secret if Errol‘s best man was murdered has been buried deep ever since.



— shangheinz


The Illustrated Life Chronology of Errol Flynn!

01 Mar

At long last a new and long awaited book about Errol Flynn! Awaiting reviews from those who have the book. Amazon reviews are very positive

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Tedd Thomey, The Story of a Life

23 Feb

The mail bag brings in a nice article suggested by Karl Holmberg: click book cover!

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Errol Flynn, Shirley Hassau & The Black Dahlia?

04 Feb

Tony Mostrom a writer of LA History for the LA Times and other publications writes us with a question: Having seen the pics on your Errol Flynn pages, I wanted to ask about the possibility, which is quite credible based on what I’ve dug into myself, that Shirley Hassau – through her husband Henry Hassau – knew Elizabeth Short “the Black Dahlia. Shirley’s husband Henry (they divorced in ’44) had some connection to Short’s small circle of friends in Hollywood. Has anyone, I wonder, (Lynn McCormick, for example?) asked her mother if she’s heard anything about this?

There is a book on the Dahlia case which claims that Elizabeth Short knew “Hassau’s wife” (first name not mentioned. The book is Severed by John Gilmore, see pp 181-86. I am a columnist, as mentioned, and I’m working on a new edition coming out. You can see my writings at….

Many thanks!


Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia

New Edition for 75th Anniversary of Slaying

Seventy-five years ago, on January 15, 1947, the Black Dahlia murder hit post-World War II Los Angeles like a bombshell. In the seventy-five years since her murder, the Black Dahlia has become a magnetic icon in American pop culture, a mythical symbol of noir Hollywood.


The question of who killed the Black Dahlia stands today as one of the most intractable mysteries in all of true crime. The Black Dahlia murder—unlike such earlier headline-grabbing cases as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Lindbergh kidnapping—was the first case to command the attention of post-war America with its stark carnality. Author John Gilmore plumbs to the dark core of this terrifying story that he argues can never be truly solved. Here is the real Elizabeth Short—the enigmatic Black Dahlia.


In Severeds hard-boiled yet haunting prose, Gilmore evokes some of the spookiest corridors of old-time Los Angeles, the wartime world of Hollywood bars, dance halls and rooming houses where, as the author says, no one remembers the names,a place of substance and shadowwhere people left no trace. Severed also unfolds the tangled inside story of the police investigation and the remorseless Hearst-stoked press hoopla that paralleled it.


Severed remains the first and only non-fiction book to offer a documented exploration of the Black Dahlia case as endorsed by law enforcement and forensic science experts. Gilmore reveals the twisted psychology and down-and-out life story of the murder suspect including transcripts of his taped indirect confession.In his book The Cases That Haunt Us, legendary FBI profiler John E. Douglas (author of Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit) states that Gilmore has done extensive research into the Short case. . . Had Detective St. John had the opportunity to interview Arnold Smith, the outcome might have been different.


Through Gilmores relentless spade work, the spectral luster of this most spectacular unsolvedmurder in American crime history seems not diminished but enhanced. The updated third edition of Severed includes Black Dahlia-inspired poetry by the author, new foreword and afterword, expanded photo section, index and never-before-published corroborating evidence and forensic material from the Los Angeles County Coroners Office. Ultimately, John Gilmore boils down its undying allure to this haiku-like equation: The pale white body severed in two and left for the world to view, and her name: Black Dahlia.”  

John Gilmore


Praise for Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia


The most satisfying and disturbing conclusion to the Black Dahlia case. After reading Severed, I feel like I truly know Elizabeth Short and her killer.” —David Lynch


The best book on the Black Dahlia in fact, the only reliable book.Colin Wilson


Delves deeply into one of Hollywood’s most celebrated murder cases.Publishers Weekly


The most uncanny evocation of L.A. during and after the war; Ive read it seven times. When I was in L.A., I went to the locations he cites in the book—all the fleapit hotels, the place where the Dahlia was murdered . . . The ghosts are still around. His portrait of Elizabeth Short as a strange, unknowable somnambulist sleepwalking through that unique junction of time and space is permanently haunting.—Gary Indiana


My god this is a frightening tale . . . The most famous murder in L.A., and we suddenly see that we knew nothing before, only the glitter and red of blood. This is now a Pandora’s Box.Kenneth Anger


About John Gilmore

It is truly fitting that author John Gilmore should be the one to penetrate the multi-layered mystery of this archetypal Los Angeles murder. Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the quintessential L.A. noir writer,” John Gilmore has been internationally acclaimed for his hard-boiled true crime books, literary fiction and Hollywood memoirs and biographies. Gilmores father was an LAPD officer at the time of the Dahlias murder and was involved in the citywide dragnet that immediately followed the discovery of her corpse. His mother was once a would-be starlet under contract with MGM Studios; and Gilmore himself was a rebel-type young actor in the 50s, carousing with the likes of James Dean, Dennis Hopper and Vampira. His works include The Garbage People, Laid Bare, Cold-Blooded, Live Fast, Die Young, Fetish Blonde, Inside Marilyn Monroe, L.A. Despair and have been translated into numerous languages. John Gilmore died in Los Angeles in 2016.…


Stuart Swezey

Publisher, Amok Books……


— David DeWitt


More On The Mystery Sword!

01 Feb


JANUARY 30 2022 – 12:00PM
Errol Flynn sword mystery takes a turn
• Chris Michaels
Local News

MYSTERY SWORD: Errol Flynn Society of Tasmanian Inc president Steve Randell.

The myth of the mysterious sword held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has taken another turn, with the founders of the Errol Flynn Society of Tasmanian Inc throwing new light on an old story.

Steve and Genene Randell started the society after a family tragedy as a way of coping with loss.
“We lost a child to SIDS and we were obviously down and out and one night [Genene] woke up in the middle of the night and she watched an Errol Flynn movie on television, Captain Blood,” he said. “Watching it brought her back to life. It got her out of that misery and back into society again. We have followed Errol since then and both were living in New South Wales at the time. We then moved to Tasmania and did some research on Errol and decided we’d start up a society ourselves.”

Recently the QVMAG senior curator of public history, Jon Addison showed off a sword purported to have been owned by one of Flynn’s ancestors.

“There is a story that the museum holds a sword supposedly owned by Errol Flynn, which had been inherited from his mother.” Mr. Addison said. “We are more or less certain that we don’t have Errol Flynn’s family’s sword here. At best, it’s unlikely, and it is very unlikely to have been the sword we have here.

(Thanks to Karl Holmberg for finding this image …)

Mr Randell shed new light on the mystery.

“The story goes that Errol played with that sword, and he refers to that in his autobiography,” he said. “Then his father gave it to the army navy club in Tasmania and they had it up on the wall and then it went missing. Nobody has actually said that Dudley Ransom stole it, but when I was up at the army barracks and talking to a museum curator, they definitely knew about him. It was said that Mr Ransom actually tried to steal one of the guns located on the gates at the army base.”

In 1972 Dudley Ransom, a Second Lieutenant in the 12th Australian Infantry Battalion, donated various army and navy items to the QVMAG.

City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said myths or not, the QVMAG was a fascinating place to explore Tasmania’s vast and unique history.

“Wherever you look in Launceston there are stories just beneath the surface, and they’re often absolutely fascinating,” he said.

— tassie devil


Errol Flynn’s Generosity

29 Jan

The letter is a bit blurry but there is a transcription.

Love his generosity



— Selene Hutchison-Zuffi


Titchfield Hotel Letter from Errol Flynn’s Father to Al Blum!

24 Jan

— David DeWitt


Rory Flynn Coronado Film Festival 2021!

14 Nov

Rory Flynn with actor Richard Dryfus and his wife Stella for Rory’s speaking engagement (joined on stage by Richard) for a showing of CRUISE OF THE ZACA at the Coronado Hotel …

Thanks, Rory!

— David DeWitt

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