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 Rachel Powers

  • Rachel Powers



10 Exceptional O.C. Women

With a bachelor’s degree in math and a doctorate in nutrition, 64-year-old Samueli and husband Henry have funded projects that have created legacies in many fields: medicine and wellness, science, the arts, education, and child welfare. The Samuelis take the ethic of charitable giving seriously. It’s always been part of their plan. Read more...

New Sheriff in Town

No matter how early it’s discovered, no matter how optimistic the prognosis, a cancer diagnosis fundamentally shifts your world. Alternately tearful, composed, and cheerful, the candid 58-year-old Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens reveals the costs and unexpected blessings that come with hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.” And, how afterward, no sunrise, no relationship—or, for that matter, no political battle—can ever be the same. 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.