My first plunge into uncovering the Hazel Drew / Laura Palmer connection came by way of a podcast by Mark Givens called Deer Meadow Radio. Up to this point, I wasn’t even sure I fully believed it was true.
But, if it was, the murder that inspired Twin Peaks happened not more then a mile from my home, at a time when my ancestors traveled the same road on which Hazel meet her death. They likely knew her and her family.
In addition to being intrigued by the local connection, I couldn’t help but think that this story had the makings of a documentary. Bottom line, I needed to know more. This is when I found episode three of the Deer Meadow radio podcast.
I highly recommend you listen to Mark describe how, with nothing more than a reference to a ghost story and a murdered young woman whose name he thought was Hazel Grey, he systematically uncovered the real-life Laura Palmer.
I’ve marked what I consider to be some of the highlights of this interview.
14:30 – 2013 USC Twin Peaks Retrospective. Mark Frost makes the connection to a murder and a ghost story his grandmother told him and his brother.
18:38 – Excerpt from Brad Duke’s book “Reflections”. Mark Frost goes deeper into the Hazel Drew murder, the location and time period of the murder. He ends this excerpt by saying “that obviously had a lot to do with how Laura came into our lives.
Twin Peaks Series Retrospective @ USC: Q&A Part 1
Twin Peaks Series Retrospective @ USC: Q&A Part 2
Twin Peaks Series Retrospective @ USC: Q&A Part 3
Twin Peaks Series Retrospective @ USC: Q&A Part 4
Twin Peaks Series Retrospective @ USC: Q&A Part 5