10 Biggest Mysteries in Hollywood – UNCOVERED

Mysteries, murders and cold cases have been linked to Hollywood from its very beginning There are plenty of movies adapted from real-life enigma or that made mysteries their central theme

Think of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood The movie industry's fascination with mysteries is undeniable But sometimes, life imitates art, giving rise to real-life Hollywood mysteries 10) THE DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE: Marilyn Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose in the late evening of 4th August 1962, at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Los Angeles, California The Los Angeles County coroner's office officially declared her death a probable suicide, based on previous overdoses and her frequently suicidal thoughts

However, friends of the star soon began claiming the official report was a lie and that it was instead a cover-up of an actual murder Agent Pat Newcomb said she had been with Monroe on the night before her death making plans for the next day “Marilyn was in the perfect physical condition and was feeling great” The star had also recently reconnected with her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio and was excited about being re-hired on the film Something’s Got to Give and several new projects As one of her associates asked, “Does that sound like she was depressed about her career?” Moreover, the autopsy revealed that, although Monroe died after supposedly ingesting a large number of pills, there was no trace of any of the capsules in her stomach

Soon, more and more people grew concerned that Marilyn Monroe’s death was actually a murder In the 1960s, author Frank A Capell and police sergeant Jack Clemmons speculated that Robert F Kennedy was actually behind Monroe’s death, on the basis of a presumed affair between the star and the US

Attorney General According to biographer Donald Spoto, Marilyn’s psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson, and personal physician, Hyman Engelberg, had agreed to never prescribe her anything without first consulting with each other Spoto believes Monroe persuaded Engelberg to break his promise by lying to him She made him believe that Greenson had agreed to it In this way, after she took several Nembutals, without telling it to Greenson, the psychiatrist prescribed her a chloral hydrate enema

The combination of these two drugs killed her Then, afraid of the consequences, the doctors and the housekeeper staged the suicide So many theories emerged that in 1982, a new investigation was ordered The report concluded that the evidence failed to support any theory of criminal conduct However, it also admitted that the investigation had turned up some “factual discrepancies and unanswered questions

” 9) THE MURDER OF SHARON TATE: Over the night of 8-9th August 1969, four members of the Manson Family stormed into the home of married celebrity couple, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, and murdered five people The Manson Family was a cult led by Charles Manson, active in California in the late 1960s The group lived an unconventional lifestyle with constant use of hallucinogenic drugs Sharon Tate was more than eight months pregnant, so, while her husband was working in Europe, his friend Wojciech Frykowski and his girlfriend, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, were staying with Tate On that night, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, a close friend of Tate’s, was also there

The gang arrived at 10050 Cielo Drive just after midnight with Manson’s direct order to kill everyone Therefore when they encountered the 18-year-old Steven Parent just outside the house, Charles Watson immediately shot him to death Subsequently, they broke into the house and gathered all the residents in the living room Sebring was killed first Frykowski and Folger managed to flee the house, but they were chased down and killed by Patricia Krenwinkel and Watson

In the midst of the spree, someone stabbed and killed Tate In October 1969 various members of the Manson cult were arrested Among them was Susan Atkins, who boasted that she took part in the Tate murders to her cellmates, and, by the end of the year, all of the killers had been arrested The trial began in June 1970, with Linda Kasabian, who had been granted immunity, as the chief witness for the prosecution In 1971, the rest of the gang, including Manson, was found guilty

They all received the death penalty, but the sentences were commuted to life in prison after California abolished capital punishment in 1972 However, we still don't know who in the gang killed Tate 8) THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JOE PICHLER: Former child actor Joe Pichler, who appeared in two of the Beethoven movies, has been missing since January 5th 2006 He was last seen playing cards with some friends, who reported he was in good spirits during According to his family, the last outgoing call on Pichler's cell phone was at 4:08 a

m on January 5th to a friend who Joe had met earlier in the day On January 9th 2006 the police found Pichler’s car, in which there was a note stating he wished he was a “stronger brother” and asking for his belongings to go to his younger brother Detective Robbie Davis, the lead investigator, believed it was a suicide But Pichler’s relatives didn’t believe the two-page letter was a suicide note

Pichler’s mother claimed that, since the police assumed her son was dead, they weren't really looking for him She said “[He] could be in someone’s basement He could be wandering the streets hurt” Detective Davis replied, “We have done just about all we can do” To date, Joe Pichler is still missing

7) THE DEATH OF GEORGE REEVES: George Reeves came to fame as the first TV Superman in the 1950s Despite his fame, at that time television actors were considered inferior to film stars, which is why after the show ended he struggled in finding new roles This led Reeves to suffer from anxiety and depression Therefore, when his dead body was found in his house in the early morning of June 16th 1959, the LA police quickly dismissed the case as a suicide It looked like he had shot himself

But many of his friends believed he was murdered and criticized the police investigation Reeves’ mother, for example, refused to believe her son had killed himself and hired famous Hollywood lawyer Jerry Giesler (guyzler) to investigate further The police never checked Reeves’ fingers to see if any gunpowder residue could confirm he actually pulled the trigger, nor did they count the number of bullets remaining in the gun Hence, Giesler called for a second autopsy The lawyer also pointed out that bruises on Reeves’ head and body were never investigated

Authors Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger suggested that Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM vice president Eddie Mannix, with whom Reeves had been having an affair, might have been involved in his death Their theory was supported by publicist Edward Lozzi, who in 1999 revealed that, in his presence, Toni Mannix had confessed to a Catholic priest she was responsible for having Reeves killed However, Mannix suffered from Alzheimer's disease for years, which reduces the credibility of her confession The case has never been reopened, but the doubts have never been satisfactorily laid to rest 6) THE DEATH OF VIRGINIA RAPPE: Virginia Caroline Rappe (r’apae) was an American model and silent film actress

On September 5th 1921, she attended a party at the St Francis Hotel in San Francisco At some point during the party, she and another guest, actor Roscoe Arbuckle, went into one of the hotel rooms together But when Roscoe left the room, Rappe was lying on the bed writhing in pain Four days later, she died of a ruptured bladder

What fueled the scandal at the time and what has remained a mystery ever since is the role of Arbuckle in Rappe’s death On the night in question, according to party guest Maude Delmont, after a few drinks, Arbuckle strong-armed Virginia into his room Delmont claimed she heard him saying “I’ve waited for you five years, and now I’ve got you” She became concerned after 30 minutes when she heard screams coming from Arbuckle’s room She found Virginia lying on the bed, naked and moaning in pain

Delmont claimed that Rappe managed to gasp “Arbuckle did it” just before losing consciousness However, Delmont was never taken seriously, since she changed her story many times Moreover, she also had a reputation from providing girls for Hollywood parties, to use them to instigate scandalous acts, and then blackmailing the celebrities involved Arbuckle, for his part, declared that he went to the bathroom and when he came out he found Rappe vomiting on the floor After helping her, he and several other guests summoned the hotel doctor, who determined that Rappe was just heavily intoxicated and took her into another hotel room to rest

Eventually, Arbuckle’s lawyers showed that the autopsy had concluded that there “were no marks of violence on the body, no signs that the girl had been attacked in any way” 5) THE POISONED TITANIC CREW: While making the award-winning blockbuster Titanic, James Cameron encountered many difficulties, but not everyone knows that one night 50 crew members ended up in the hospital It happened on the night of August 8th 1996, when the crew was filming the last scenes on the Canadian set It was around midnight, they were all having the dinner break A local catering company had provided, among other options, chowder

More than 60 people ate it, and it wasn’t long before the effects to take hold As Cameron recalled in 2009, “I’m standing at the monitors, near the camera, and the room is empty It was like the twilight zone” He also reported he was stabbed in the face with a pen by a crew member Yet, he sat laughing, helplessly watching what was happening to his crew

Hopefully, nobody was seriously harmed, and everyone got back on their feet in the following days As revealed from the toxicology report at the Dartmouth General Hospital, people had been intoxicated by PCP, a chemically hallucinogenic drug But there was still a mystery to be solved

Who poisoned the soup? The Halifax Police Department investigated the matter for two and a half years, but eventually, the case was closed due to lack of suspects However, even though Cameron has never named his suspect, he is pretty certain he knows who did it “We had fired a crew member the day before because they were creating trouble with the caterers So we believe the poisoning was this idiot’s plan to get back at the caterers, whom of course we promptly fired the next day So it worked

” 4) THE “HOLLYWOOD RIPPER” CASE: “Hollywood Ripper” is the nickname given to Michael Thomas Gargiulo (guarj’ulo), who was accused for stabbing three women to death and attempting to murder a fourth The first victim was 18 year old Tricia Pacaccio, Gargiulo’s neighbour in Illinois She was stabbed 47 times, and her body was found by her father on the morning of August 14th 1993 Gargiulo moved to Los Angeles in 1998, and, on February 21st 2001, Ashley Ellerin, a young model and fashion design student, was stabbed 47 times and died in her home in Hollywood In 2005, Marina Bruno, Gargiulo's neighbour in El Monte, California, was found stabbed to death as well

On April 28th 2008, another of his neighbours, Michelle Murphy, was attacked She fought off the attacker, and blood found on the scene matched Gargiulo's DNA He was arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department on June 6th 2008 However, he kept claiming his innocence According to Los Angeles County Jail authorities, Gargiulo stated that, just because ten women were killed, doesn't mean he murdered anyone

Police only knew of four victims; his reference to ten women led investigators to believe there may be more On May 2nd 2019, after several delays, his trial finally began One of the key witnesses in the trial was actor Ashton Kutcher, who on May 30th 2019 testified about the Ashley Ellerin crime 3) THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JEAN SPANGLER: Jean Elizabeth Spangler was an American dancer, model, and actress who appeared in bit parts in several Hollywood films in the late 1940s On the evening of October 7th 1949, Spangler left her home in Los Angeles, telling her sister-in-law that she was going to meet with her ex-husband before going to work as an extra on a night shoot

She never came home She was last seen at a grocery store near her house at approximately 6:00 pm Two days later, in a remote area of Griffith Park, her purse was discovered, in which a letter read, ""Kirk: Can't wait any longer Going to see Dr Scott

It will work best this way while the mother is away"" The most famous Kirk in Hollywood at that time was actor Kirk Douglas, who, by chance, had just finished filming Young Man with a Horn, in which Spangler had a small role Douglas spoke with the LAPD investigators and insisted he was not having an affair with the woman, telling them he was in Palm Springs when she disappeared Detectives believed him, and he was cleared Investigations were at a sticking point, so various theories arose, ranging from her alleged death in a botched abortion to her fleeing Los Angeles with gangsters with whom she was acquainted

Finally, it was common knowledge there were ongoing tensions with her ex-husband, Dexter Benner Spangler's sister in law recalled that on the evening she disappeared, Spangler said she was going to meet with Benner to discuss overdue child support Detectives contacted Benner and his new wife, who said they had been together all evening, and they never saw Spangler To date, no additional evidence has been uncovered in Spangler's case, and her whereabouts remain unknown 2) THE DEATH OF PETER IVERS: Peter Scott Ivers was an American musician, songwriter and television personality of the ‘70s

On March 3rd 1983, Ivers was found beaten to death with a hammer in his Los Angeles loft apartment, and to date, the murderer has never been identified Ivers’ death is principally known for the badly managed investigation In the hours following his death, the LAPD officers failed to secure the crime scene, allowing many of Ivers' friends and acquaintances to pass through the loft, contaminating the evidence The officers even allowed director David Jove to leave the apartment with the blood-stained blankets from Ivers' bed The first suspect was actor Harold Ramis

He was briefly considered due to Ivers' close relationship with his wife However, the actor was had an alibi and was quickly cleared of all wrongdoing Biographer Josh Frank reported that several of Ivers' friends told him they suspected David Jove was the murderer Apparently, Ivers and Jove had a contentious relationship Ramis affirmed ""As I grew to know David a little better, it just accumulated, all the clues and evidence just made me think he was capable of anything

I couldn't say with certainty that he'd done anything, but of all the people I knew, he was the one person I couldn't rule out” A few weeks after the murder, producer Lucy Fisher hired private investigator David Charbonneau to investigate He interviewed a number of people close to Ivers, but due to the lack of police evidence and the lack of witnesses, his work came to nothing Still, Charbonneau said: ""I do not believe it was a break-in I do not believe it was just someone off the street that Peter brought in because he was a nice guy that night and fell asleep trusting them

I'm not buying it"" 1) THE DEATH OF NATALIE WOOD : On the evening of November 28th 1981, actress Natalie Wood was on a boating trip to Santa Catalina Island, in Southern California She was with her husband Robert Wagner and her co-star on the film Brainstorm, Christopher Walken After dinner ashore with the boat’s skipper, Dennis Davern, they returned to the yacht and kept drinking for a while Then, at around 1

30 am a phone call reached the authorities It was Wagner, reporting his wife missing Natalie was found a few hours later in her nightgown and socks floating face-down in the water The cause of death was initially reported as an accidental drowning, but the autopsy revealed that the actress had bruises on her body and a significant amount of alcohol in her system

However, the case remained classified as an accident Until 2011, when Dennis Davern publicly stated he had lied to police during the initial investigation, and the case was reopened According to Davern, Wood and Wagner had an argument because she had been flirting with Walken, which enraged Wagner, who also prevented him from turning on the searchlights and from notifying police after the actress disappeared Walken cooperated with the authorities, who cleared him almost immediately In 2012, John Corina, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told CBS, “We know now that [Wagner] was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared

[] I haven’t seen [Wagner] tell the details that match … all the other witnesses in this case … and his version of events just don’t add up” In 2013, Wood’s death was officially classified as a homicide, due to “drowning and other undetermined factors

” However, in 2018, Corina stated, “We have not been able to prove this was a homicide And we haven’t been able to prove that this was an accident, either The ultimate problem is we don’t know how she ended up in the water”

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