The Grand Resurrection of The Gaslamp Killer

Bandcamp Daily

William Bensussen
William Bensussen: The Gaslamp Killer. Photo by Philip Cosores for Bandcamp.

It’s been a little over three years since William Bensussen—better known as The Gaslamp Killer—almost died, but his recollection of the event is so vivid that he starts shouting whenever he talks about it. “I’m sorry I’m screaming,” he says, slowly calming down. “It’s just a really intense memory. I haven’t spoken about it in so long.”

On July 9th, 2013, the DJ and musician was returning to his home in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles via scooter when a gust of wind blew his hat from his head. He tried to grab it as it flew away, accidentally squeezing his front brakes. The combination of the wind, the winding roads, and the speed of the scooter had disastrous results: the vehicle flipped, landing directly on top of Bensussen and pinning him to the ground. Despite…

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