Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Created by Harold Joyce Live! Naked! Detecting! Okay, so KATHY O'CONNOR's not a private eye or even a cop. She's just another small-time showgirl (aren't they all?) who poses as a stripper to investigate her father's murder, in 1941 piece of cinematic silliness initally titled The Sunset Murder Case. It seems the owner of the … Continue reading Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Jerry Wheeler

Created by Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich Pseudonyms include George Hopley & William Irish (1903-1968) Live! Naked! Detecting! Call it a weakness, but the idea of a stripper sleuth gets me going in all sorts of ways. And this no doubt unhealthy and definitely adolescent obsession started with a short story read at a tender young age that I still … Continue reading Jerry Wheeler

Velda Bellinghausen

Created by Ron Miller From the The New York Graphic, February 2, 1951: CHORUS GIRL TURNS SHAMUS "To the disappointment of her many admirers, Miss Velda Bellinghausen, one of the better-known of the leggy chorines of Slotnik's Famous Follies, has turned in her g-string. What does the retiring ecdysiast plan to do with her time? … Continue reading Velda Bellinghausen

Pole Positions

Stripper Detectives Okay, okay, most of these characters ARE NOT private eyes. But they do take their clothes off. I admit it -- I have a definite weakness for stripper/detectives, ever since I read "Angel Face" by Cornell Woolrich, which featured Jerry Wheeler as a stripper who turns gumshoe to save her kid brother from … Continue reading Pole Positions

Gypsy Rose Lee

Created by Gypsy Rose Lee Pseudonym of Rose Louise Hovick (1914-1970) "She's descended from a long line her mother listened to." The most famous stripper/detective/detective novelist of all has to be GYPSY ROSE LEE. Yep, Gypsy Rose Lee, "America's most famous take-it-off artist," wrote a mystery novel, The G-String Murders (1941). in which she herself (who … Continue reading Gypsy Rose Lee