Orange Coast Magazine


CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.



Author Barbara Thornburg

  • Barbara Thornburg


O.C. Home: Change Artists

Prospective buyers don’t always end up with the storied homes of their dreams. They usually take their newfound digs—however imperfect—and make them their own. Such was the case for Dean and Carla Soll. With three children, her live-in parents, and five cars to juggle, they needed more room, so in 2009, they began searching for a property. Read more...

Home Style

Social trend gurus, Shaheen and Linda Sadeghi are bombarded daily with decisions about art, pattern, and design. “Because of our crazy schedules, it became important that we come home to a quiet, Zen-like environment,” says Shaheen, referring to their ever-evolving Costa Mesa retail properties The Lab and The Camp, and their soon-to-be-fully-unveiled Anaheim Packing District, a 1900s citrus packing house turned eclectic food hall. “We both wanted to visually simplify our lives.” Read more...

Color Her Inspired

Interior designer and ’Round the Coop blogger Deborah Cooper-Ramos lives to conjure up fun, cost-effective ways to decorate. “I don’t even know the original use for many of the pieces I find. If I did, it might stifle my creativity.” Here are some of her tips. Read more...

California has more national parks than any other state: nine. Use our guides, outlines below, to plan a memorable visit.

READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.