Follow Razz on his Journey to Redemption
Protagonist: Razz McNeil
Victim: Wally Bumpers
Occupation: Restaurant manager
Status: Married, tenuously
Children: Caitlin, 6, and Ronnie, 3
Residence: Fairside, CA
Occupation: Pier clown
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Call it courage or the carefree ignorance of youth, but in early November, 1977, Razz McNeil emblazoned his name into the annals of surfing folklore by being the first and only surfer to surf under the entire length of the San Margarita Pier. And he would remain the only surfer to do so, because with successively longer, more sturdily-built piers, it had become impossible. But that was what they had thought back then, too, before Razz proved them wrong.
December 11, 2004
It was a blustery, cold December day, two weeks before Christmas, but in San Margarita that meant the thermostat inched all the way down to fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Short-sleeved shirt weather for people in the Northeast and Midwest, but this was Southern California, so leather jackets were the norm today. Named after Saint Marge, patron saint of tequila drinks, an ugly saint who magically got better looking around two a.m., San Margarita is a coastal town renowned for its warm weather, beautiful beaches and even more beautiful women, the province of real estate speculators, lawyers, the homeless, and enough psychiatrists and shamans to take care of them all.
You had to be very rich or very poor to live in San Margarita and people of each ilk were moving in daily, bursting the town‟s social services and social fabric. Only twenty years earlier, it was a sleepy beach community of twenty-five thousand mostly white, middle-class working people. Now at eighty thousand residents, San Margarita had become a suburb of Los Angeles that just happened to have expensive ocean frontage. It was no longer a close-knit community at all, something its long-time residents bemoaned daily…
View important scenes from the murder mystery novel, No One Laughs at a Dead Clown. Learn about San Margarita, Razz McNeil, Sharky Sampson, Wally Bumpers, and much more.
… the solar-powered Ferris wheel at repose … the Pier seems so safe here, but it always looks safer than it is.
... there are thirteen steps leading up to the Pier from the boardwalk ... thirteen, hmm, maybe that’s where the Pier's bad luck began.
… site for the new Gold Shore Resort and Hotel … I've got to admit that Richard Gold is a mover and shaker in this town.