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Ed_neil
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Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:03 pm:   

We are now just talking about this in Z chat, inspired by the Kirk Douglas/Jean Spangler thread I posted earlier. We were listing the various celebrities that were involved with murder, either as the killer or the victim, and I am kinda surprised at how many there are.

Here are a few:

Jean Spangler
Marilyn Monroe
Marvin Gaye
William Desmond Taylor
Dorothy Stratton
Sal Mineo
Bob Crane
Sharon Tate
Karyn Kupcinet
Bill Cosby's son
Rebecca Schaeffer
Carl Switzer

Then there are those accused of/linked to murder:

OJ Simpson
Robert Blake
Phil Spector
Fatty Arbuckle
Kirk Douglas
Andrew Prine

There are undoubtedly others... anyone have any to add?
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Tom_voigt
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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:06 pm:   

Don't forget William Shatner.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:13 pm:   

Shatner's wife OD'd and drowned in their pool.

Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife.
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Johno
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Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:37 pm:   

A few murdered celebrities:
- Notorius B.I.G
- Tupac Shakur
- Spider Sabich

A few celebrity killers:
- Chrisitan Brando, son of Marlon Brando
- Cheryl Crane, daughter of Lana Turner
- Sid Vicious
- Claudine Longet

Double celebrity killer-victim:
International pop singer, televison personality and wife of singer Andy Williams, Claudine Longet, shoots to death former US Olympic skier and professional skier, Spider Sabich.
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Johno
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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:47 pm:   

Artist, Washington socialite, sister-in-law of Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post and rumoured mistress of President John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, shot to death while out walking in 1964. Murder remains unsolved.
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Angie
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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:49 pm:   

Can't forget Dominque Dunn...
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George
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 1:53 am:   

Tom Bay, cowboy movie star of old. Shot to death by his girlfriend, right through his head in 1933.

Actress Diane Sparks' (AKA "Diane Dahl," and several other names; true name Diane Meyer) bound, decayed, shot body found in 1946 near Rosco, CA (about 13 miles from Hollywood). A fairly wealthy family friend was tried for the crime and found not guilty. His firearm was found nearby her rurally dumped corpse.

Diane was a bit player in numerous films although my scant reserarch only identified "Tripping Through The Tropics," (1933) "Murder At The Vanities," (1934) and two more as definite ones. She was in many others, as her Hollywood debut was 1930. Max Factor voted her among the top ten most beautiful women of 1930.

I dwell on Diane Sparks a little (when murdered, "Sparks" came from her current husband, California Highway Patrolman George Sparks) as Lisa Dahlia mentioned, in an applauded post from the lost board, a book by Katherine Dunn featuring numerous photos from the career of police officer Jack Huddleston. Mostly events from the 1930s and 1940s. The book includes Diane Sparks and Tom Bay. The tagline for the book, as Dahlia had written, was, "..proof that there were no 'good old days'." I, too, recommend this book.
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Warren
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 7:41 am:   

Don't forget Jerry Lee Lewis.

Angie - Dominick Dunne was kind enough to write me a handwritten note when I wrote him asking if he was going to cover the Robert Durst trial in Galveston. You remember little things like that...
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:20 am:   

Stunt Man-Shorty Shea and Producer Voitek Frykowski.

John Lennon-------John Belushi(lethal injection).
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Etphoto
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Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 11:09 am:   

Wasn't the Monroe death ruled a suicide or overdose. Is your list actual murdered victims or are you throwing in those labeled by the conspiracy crowd as murder? Also Belushi was an OD.

Don't for Selena.

ET
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 11:18 am:   

MM was ruled suicide or accidental death, but there are enough questions surrounding it to suggest she was actually murdered. While majority opinion does not change a fact (and her "suicide" is ultimately the opinion of the investigators based on the sanitized scene in which she was found; no one really knows one way or the other), I think it very likely she was murdered.

Those in the first list are those who were murdered or just disappeared (likely killed). The second are either known killers, or were accused or otherwise linked to a murder.
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Jim_t
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 1:20 pm:   

Spade Cooley was a western swing band leader who had a weekly television program in the LA, area stomped up and down on his wifes stomach in cowboy boots in anger, she died later. Johnny Thunders punk rock guitarist and member of the New York Dolls died of a drug overdose in a New Orleans hotel. Or could have a robbery since all of his money was missing. Thunders never had a chance to unpack his suitcase and a person who saw him said, He was twisted up like a pretzel. Bobby Fueller found dead in his car, beaten up and badly bruised also, he had gas poured down his throat. Brain jones found floating in his pool dead. was it a accident or did he die under mysterious circumstances. There was a party for the people who were helping do construction on his estate, did the girlfriends give Brian more attention than they liked and they played a little rough with him in the pool?
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Etphoto
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 1:25 pm:   

I've always been one to trust the original investigations since it is common for book writers/media/conspiracy nuts to rewrite history. Over time, rumors become fact and 30 years later you find people quoting rumors as facts in the case. I

ET
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George
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 5:16 pm:   

Murderer: Actor Tom Neal. Victim, his wife, Gale.
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Bryanthegiant
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 5:24 pm:   

Guy's try findadeath.com my 2nd favority site
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 5:45 pm:   

Popular silent film Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor found dead in his home of a single gunshot wound to the back on February 2, 1922.
Robbery not a motive.
Murder remains unsolved.
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 6:29 pm:   

International fashion designer Gianni Versace shot to shot to death by wanted spree killer Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997.
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 6:38 pm:   

Fashion heir Maurizio Gucci shot to death in front of his Milan office on March 27, 1995.
Ex wife Patrizia Reggiani convicted of ordering his hit.
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 6:45 pm:   

I'm weird, but I always thought Janis Joplin was murdered. She was in LA recording with Columbia, and had mucho royalties coming in in the future. She was down there from Larkspur, and had a somewhat rosy financial future.

I read all the books. At her death scene at the Landmark Motor Lodge, police found no needles or heroin bags on their initial search of the room.

Ironically, they came back later and found a syringe in the waste basket by her bed!, And some residue. How could they have missed this in the initial search of the room?

Check out the brief autopsy and death reports. It's almost as if it were a given.
http://www.janisjoplin.net/
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 7:22 pm:   

Academy Award Best Supporting Actor for "The Killing Fields", Dr. Haing S. Ngor killed in an apparant robbery on February 25, 1996.
Three street gang members convicted in the murder.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 7:31 pm:   

Taylor's murder is not necessarily unsolved. On her deathbed, Patricia Palmer, aka Helen Gibson/Margaret Gibson/Margie Gibson/Marguerite Gibson/Patsy Palmer (9-14-1894 to 10-21-1964) confessed to murdering Taylor. Ray Long, one of the neighbors who heard her deathbed confession, investigated her background for 5 years, and found that, as early as 1910, Palmer was working in Denver theater, apparently with Taylor, and by 1911, both were doing movies in Hollywood. She appeared in 4 movies with him (The Love of Tokiwa, The Kiss, and A Little Madonna in 1914, but I've not been able to identify the 4th yet). In 1921, she was in a serial western filmed at the Paramount lot called Rounding Up the Law, and apparently had the opportunity to see the relationship between Taylor and Mary Miles Minter. It is entirely possible that she was a spurned lover of his from some years prior to 1922 and killed him in a jealous rage.
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 7:48 pm:   

If she was responsible she didn't pull the trigger but hired someone to do it because according to one story a neighbor heard on the night of February 1st what sounded like a gun shot and walked outside and looked in the direction of Taylor's house to see a male coming out the back door. The unknown male didn't act suspicous and was not seen with a gun. The unknown male then calmly returned to the house so the nieghbor thought they had heard a car backfire and this man was just checking out the same sound. Taylor's body was found the next day.
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Hallowtim
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 7:52 pm:   

Here is one that is a possible, Bruce Lee. He died of a swelling of the brain and many think it was do to a beating. I don't think it was but here is what I call into evidence...The official cause of death was called, 'misadventure'. Oddly, he was suppose to have a hypersensitivity to aspirin...yet shortly before his death he was give a super strong aspirin. Though no one was ever charged with murder, I think this one fell short and should have been looked into as a homicide.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:23 pm:   

Palmer was an actor, and would have known how to dress to appear different. Douglas and Faith MacLean were Taylor's neighbors, and their maid, Christina Jewett, heard someone prowling between the homes. She thought it was a man, and later heard the gunshot. Faith MacLean thought it was a car backfiring, and looked outside. She was surprised to see someone standing on Taylor's porch, and guessed he was about 5'9" and 170 pounds. She also thought he looked like "my idea of a motion picture burglar."

A trolley heading for downtown LA picked the killer up at 8 PM, and described him as 5'10", 165 and about 27 or so years old.

That description is somewhat thin for a man, but perhaps not for a woman dressing to look like a man. And being an actor, surely Palmer would be able to act her way out of looking surprised.

In any event, why would Palmer have confessed to a 42 year old murder that was all but forgotten in 1964? Doesn't make a lot of sense.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:57 pm:   

Here's an interesting link that sheds some light on the character of Patricia Palmer:

http://www.etext.org/Zines/ASCII/Taylorology/Taylo r85.txt

Seems she was arrested for vagrancy in 1917 in a suspected house of ill repute (ie, a brothel) and was charged with extortion in 1923. She was found not guilty on the first charge, and the second was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Palmer was hardly the sweet, innocent girl she portrayed in her early films. Now, this does not mean she would therefore be a killer, but it certainly makes one wonder...
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:59 pm:   

Ed, For a male 5'10" and 165 lbs is an ideal height and weight ratio.

Actress Margaret Gibson/Patricia Palmer was 5'5" and 110 lbs.

Based on two eyewitness descriptions of the possible killer she would have to have been Lon Chaney to pull off that disguise.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 9:08 pm:   

The 4th movie was The Night Riders of Petersham in 1914. Here's another link with more on the Palmer story:

http://www.public.asu.edu/~bruce/Taylor84.txt
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 9:20 pm:   

So there are conflicting accounts of her height.
Reel Life - 1916 - 5'5" 110.
Photoplayer Weekly - 1916 - 5'5" 110.
Motion Picture Studio Directory - 1918 - 5'1" 110.
Motion Picture News - 1923 - 5'1" 110.
Motion Picture News Booking Guide & Studio Directory - 1927 - 5'1" 110.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 9:21 pm:   

That's kinda skinny IMO. And Faith MacLean estimated the killer's height to be 5'9". While there's a big difference between that and 5'5", an actor with knowledge on disguises (that's all costuming really is) could easily boost her height 2"-3" and make herself look heavier. Regardless, why would she confess nearly 43 years later to a murder that had been forgotten by everyone and to people who didn't even know she had once been a famous silent screen actor?
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Johno
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 9:51 pm:   

Ed, you are working on too many fat people as a masseuse.

She confessed because she was a confused old woman who had suffered some duress over his murder and in later years she developed some kind of false confession complex over something that remained unsolved that was a piece of her past.
She had also allegedly blurted out once that she was the killer while she and her neighbor were watching a televsion show with her that mentioned the murder.
I don't think she was the murderer but did fester some guilt about his death over the years that transposed into false confessions toward the end of her life.
She may have known who the actual killer was and was part of the cover up but after years of that supressed knowledge it ate at her and made her kind of nutty.

One suspect at the time was his former valet Edward Sands who real name was Edward Snyder and was a con man who disappeared six months before the murder after stealing Taylor's car and forging checks. He supposedly committed suicide a year after Taylor's murder.
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Oklahoma_mike
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 10:59 pm:   

Don't Forget the great Thelma Todd, her death in 1935 was ruled a suicide by a grand jury but they took a while to reach that conclusion and some thought it a murder. Many still suspect murder.
For those who don't know, Miss Todd was the arcetypal "dumb blonde" in movies but was anything but dumb. She preferred comedies to drama. Perhaps the best compliment ever given to her was that Groucho Marx said he loved working with her and considered her his equal as a comic actor.
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Brian_d
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 6:29 am:   

I always was facinated by the Ince/Hearst incident.

Claim: Gossip queen Louella Parsons earned herself a lifetime contract with the Hearst organization for keeping quiet about a murder she witnessed.

Status: Undetermined.

Origins: Seventy-odd years after the fact, the November 1924 death of producer-director Thomas Ince remains shrouded in mystery. Though the official cause of death was given as indigestion and/or a heart attack, privately the rumors flew around Hollywood that newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst had shot Ince aboard Hearst's yacht, the Oneida.

More here: http://www.snopes.com/movies/other/ince.htm
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Socal
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 7:43 am:   

Wasn't singer Bobby Fuller murdered in Hollywood in the mid 60's?
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 11:00 am:   

Sam Cooke, shot at a South LA Motel in Dec 1964. The finding was Justifiable Homicide, but there are still many questions.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 12:02 pm:   

Johno, Palmer wasn't linked to Taylor in any way after 1914, and wouldn't have been questioned about his murder. She was also of questionable character, having been arrested in a whorehouse and also for extortion. Maybe hers was a false confession and it is pretty bizarre, but certainly within the realm of possibility.
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Johno
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 3:48 pm:   

Ed, If she hadn't been linked to him in any way in eight years the why would she kill him?
Interstingly there's all these women that may have been involved.
Actress Palmer who claimed she did it.
Actress Mary Miles Minter and her mother Charlotte Shelby who were considered possible suspects.
Actress Mabel Normand who was the last to see him
alive.
Faith McLean, wife of actor Douglas McLean, who said she saw a man leaving Taylor's home after she claimed she heard a gunshot.
All these women in the shroud of mystery of his death. Kind of odd considering Taylor was gay.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 7:11 pm:   

There are allegations Taylor was gay, but I do not believe there is any hard evidence that he actually was. Not that it proves anything, but he was married and had a daughter, whom he left to pursue a career in acting.

And if Palmer had an affair with Taylor in 1914 and he left her, then 8 years later when she was working at Paramount on Rounding Up The Law, she would have had the opportunity to see his relationship with Mary Miles Minter. That could easily have ignited a jealous rage (or so the theory goes anyway).
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Johno
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 7:21 pm:   

It sure is a tangled web. No wonder they never solved it. I guess bi-sexual would be more appropriate in the fact that he di have affairs with women but also was allegedly interested in teenage boys.
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Johno
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 7:27 pm:   

Here's a celebrity killer and a celebrity victim crime we haven't mentioned yet.
One of the nation's most popular actors who was a man called the most handsome man in America and became the most wanted man in America.
John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President of the United States Abraham Linclon. 1865.
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Jim_t
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 9:06 pm:   

Johnny Ace 50's R&B singer who had a big hit with "Pledging my Love" accidently shot himself backstage before a concert playing russian roulette, or the story goes. Some of the persons present said it wasn't a suicide and implied it was murder!
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 7:48 am:   

Socal, Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car in a Hollywood alley in 1966. He had been beaten and a gasoline soaked rag was in his mouth. It was determined a suicide. The Bobby Fuller Four did the song " I Fought the Law and the Law Won".---He was 23.
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Socal
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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 9:11 am:   

Vallejo Dave......Yes on Fuller. I remember it was quite controversial.

He had nothing to die for and everything to live for.
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 6:05 pm:   

Jim t, Johhny Ace was from Houston, and that's where he died. It is a puzzle, another young musical star, taking his life, with his whole rosy life and fortune ahead of him.

BTW, I had the original Johnny Ace LP, and someone ripped it off me at a flea market booth in the 80's. It's probably worth about $300-$500.

Wolfman Dave from Vallejo.
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Sandy
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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 6:50 pm:   

How about George Bessolo better known as George Reeves aka Superman. 45 yrs old about to be married was found dead from a gun shot on 6/16/59.Some believe it was a hit from the mob made to look like a suicide. The movie should be out soon.
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Jim_t
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Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 1:44 pm:   

The Lindberg baby kidnapping. Bruno Hauptman was convicted and hanged for it, but he implied someone else did it. The ransom money was found in his garage, as was the wood used for the ladder, but the eyewitness testimony at the scene of the crime was a blind woman.
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Johno
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Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:12 am:   

Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh, great-grandson of Vincent Van Gogh's brother Theo, murdered in 2004 by dutch-born muslim radical Mohammed Boyeri for making controversial statements about Islam. Shot eight times, throat slashed, stabbed in the chest and left with two knives imbeded in his chest with a note by Boyeri on one kinfe.
Boyeri was shot in the leg during a struggle with police and was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possiblity of parole.
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Etphoto
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Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 5:03 am:   

Ed, good thread. Maybe you should remane it though. "Suspicious Celebrity Deaths".

ET
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 8:49 pm:   

ET, I think he should not remane it, but limit it to CA connected deaths.
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Etphoto
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Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 9:09 am:   

Dave,

What does CA stand for?

ET
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 4:35 pm:   

ET---CA stands for Casual Attire.
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James78
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Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 4:38 am:   

Does Jeffrey Dahmer count?
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Vallejo_dave
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Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 8:54 am:   

Dahmer was not a celebrity, James. Where are you coming from?
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James78
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Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 - 3:40 am:   

They made a movie about him,celebrity enough. He was murdered.
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Ed_neil
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Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 - 5:48 pm:   

I mean actual celebrities, ie, movie stars, singers, directors and so on who are famous before they kill (or are linked to a murder), not murderers who become infamous afterwards.
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James78
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Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 - 7:03 pm:   

Oh come on, now your taking the fun away!lol He was murdered, that was my point. I'll stop there with that and move on.
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Johno
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Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 - 7:08 pm:   

Drive In B-movie director Al Adamson who was considered to be the Ed Wood of 60's and 70's films was murdered by his contractor who was remodeling his house in Indio, Ca. here in the desert in 1995.
Adamson directed low budget horror films such as Satan's Sadists, Pyscho A Go-Go, Blood of Dracula's Castle, Dracula Vs. Frankenstein, I Spit on your Corpse, Brain of Blood and Hell's Bloody Graves and low budget sexploitation films such as Blazing Stewardesses, Naughty Stewardesses, Lash of Lust and Angels Wild Women.
His contractor 46 year old Fred Fulford had lived at the house while he was remodeling it and in August of 1995 the 62 year old Adamson suspected Fulford of stealing from him. Fulford bashed in the director's head and buried him in a hole where he had removed a jacuzzi and filled it with cement. Fulford then fled to Florida and lived there posing as the murdered director.
Fulford fought extradition to California and his trial didn't come up until 1999 when he was convicted and sentenced to 25 to life in prison.
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Johno
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Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 11:27 pm:   

India-born Chippendale's founder Steve Banejee opened a disco club in LA in 1975 called Destiny II. In 1979 he renamed it Chippendale's and in the 80's it became the premier male strip dance show in the country. Also in 1979 he hired someone to burn down a competitor Moody's Disco in Santa Monica. In 1984 he hired someone to burn down another competitor The Red Onion in Marina Del Rey.
In the early 80's he hired two-time Emmy Award director of children's shows Nick De Noia to be the Chippendale's choreographer. De Noia sued Banejee in 1987 for violating a touring agreement and Banejee hired Ray Colon to kill him. De Noia was shot to death in April of 1987 in New York.
In 1990 Benejee hired Colon again to kill Mike Fullington who took Noia's place as choreographer and had quit and took two star dancers with him to competing dance troup Adonis. Banejee wanted all three who bolted from Chippendale's dead. The murders were never carried out because the FBI got tipped off to the plot. Banejee was charged with conspiracy to murder of the three and also was charged with the murder of De Noia.
He was convicted of arranging the murder of De Noia and racketeering in 1994 and while awaiting sentencing he hung himself in the LA jail.
This story became the subject of the made-for-TV movie "The Chippendale's Murder" in 2000.
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Jim_nelson
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Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 7:01 pm:   

The Destiny II Discotheque was renamed Chippendale's at about the time Banejee's New York Chippendale's became famous. The one in West LA never reached the notoriety of the NY club. I spent a lot of time up there picking up chicks when it was still called Destiny II. Did some free-lance photography for a couple of the dance troupes and a Miss Destiny II beauty contest in 1978. I met Steve Banejee once. Never went there after the name change.

Here is a look at a matchbook from there. I've got a slide of the sign out front but can't locate it right now.

DII_matchbook
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Jim_nelson
Username: Jim_nelson

Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 10:36 pm:   

Brian Jones was the one who had started the Rolling Stones and was the leader of the band. But Mick and Keith began writing their own material and Brian got pushed into the background. He became badly affected by his lifestyle. It got to the point where he physically couldn't hold down a chord.

On June 9, 1969, in the middle of the "Let It Bleed" recording sessions, Jones quit the Stones. As Jim T stated above Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at his home outside of London on July 3, 1969. It was ruled "Death by misadventure." On July 8, 1969 Mick Taylor of John Mayall's Blues Band became a Rolling Stone to replace Jones.
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Johno
Username: Johno

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 11:58 pm:   

Brian didn't quit the Stones. He was kicked out the band that he founded.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts drove out to Jones' house on June 8, 1969 and informed him he was liability to the band and it couldn't continue as a band with him in a condition where he couldn't record or tour any more and he had to be replaced.
A few days later they announced to the press that Jones had left and was being replaced by Mick Taylor from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
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John_prisk
Username: John_prisk

Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 7:34 pm:   

Mickey Thompson.
Some might say Diana Spencer (depending on their P.O.V.)...
Pick any President who has been assinated.
And Michael Jordans dad....
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Vallejo_dave
Username: Vallejo_dave

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006 - 6:15 pm:   

OJ Simpson--*

The 2 victims Nicole and Ron Goldman were aspiring actors.
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Vallejo_dave
Username: Vallejo_dave

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 7:18 pm:   

Does anyone know what's going on with that Phil Specter(sp) shooting case?

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