Danielle Skyler was an aspiring actress from Florida who came to Los Angeles at the age of 20. She rented a number of apartments over her time in L.A., the last being in the Toluca Lake neighborhood. She worked at various low paying jobs while seeking acting opportunities. Friends from the acting community at that time included Amanda Margot and Jamie Henderson. While working as receptionist at a casting agency Skyler met Preston Borders. On October 24,1987, Borders raped and strangled her in an extremely brutal and sadistic manner. The case was investigated by Harry Bosch and Frankie Sheehan.