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'Onion Field' officer honored in Hollywood

People gather at a street dedication in honor of LAPD Officer Ian Campbell on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Campbell, seen in the above photo, 1963 murder became the subject of the famous Joseph Wambaugh novel, 'The Onion Field.'

August 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Hollywood intersection now bears the name of an LAPD officer whose brutal murder became the subject of the famous Joseph Wambaugh novel, "The Onion Field."

The corner of Gower and Carlos streets was dedicated to Officer Ian Campbell on Friday.

Campbell and his partner were kidnapped in 1963 by two small-time criminals who were stopped for making an illegal U turn. The officers were taken to an onion field in Bakersfield, where Campbell was shot in the face and his partner escaped.

Capt. Beatrice Girmala, commanding officer of the Hollywood Community Police Station, said the case proves "there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop."

Campbell's daughter, three years old at the time of her father's death, attended the ceremony.

Campbell was a bagpiper. Since his death, bagpipes have been played at every LAPD funeral.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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