What's the dark California history behind HBO's True Detective?
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Santa Muerte, sex party history and the LA Riots




A devotee of the 'Santa Muerte' (Holy Death), throws smoke at a figure of the goddess at the shrine in her honour in the popular Tepito shantytown, in Mexico City, November 1, 2007, coinciding with the Day of the Dead celebrations. The cult of this pseudo-religious skeletal image, also known as 'La Santísima', 'Doña Sebastiana', 'Little White Girl' or 'The Skinny Girl', is thought to date back to pre-Columbian times. Every first day of each month, thousands of Mexican devotees, attend the different shirnes to make offerings and ask for petitions. The Holy Death currently has some two million faithfuls in Mexico.  AFP PHOTO/Luis ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A devotee of the 'Santa Muerte' (Holy Death), throws smoke at a figure of the goddess at the shrine in her honour in the popular Tepito shantytown, in Mexico City, November 1, 2007, coinciding with the Day of the Dead celebrations. The cult of this pseudo-religious skeletal image, also known as 'La Santísima', 'Doña Sebastiana', 'Little White Girl' or 'The Skinny Girl', is thought to date back to pre-Columbian times. Every first day of each month, thousands of Mexican devotees, attend the different shirnes to make offerings and ask for petitions. The Holy Death currently has some two million faithfuls in Mexico. AFP PHOTO/Luis ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tonight's episode has lots of ties to real L.A. history. We'll talk about legendary Hollywood orgies and girls, girls, girls with Karina Longworth. We'll also go to a real life Santa Muerte temple in L.A. to hear about why the darker characters of "True Detective" are name-checking this spirit. And we watch with Matt Gourley of "I Was There Too" who starts thinking about the L.A. Riots, "Eyes Wide Shut" and Mt. Baldy.