Rebecca Schaeffer murder

American actress Rebecca Schaeffer was famous for her role as Patti Russel in the CBS sitcom “My Sister Sam”. Her career as a TV personality began at an early age, as she did modeling and appeared in TV commercials during her teen years. However, the great actress was murdered on the day of July 18, 1989, by none other than an obsessed fan who stalked her for years. Schaeffer’s death would later prompt the anti-stalking laws of Arizona.

Robert John Bardo lived in Tucson, Arizona, and became very fixated on Rebecca Schaeffer. The man wrote plenty of fan mails to the actress, and stalked Schaeffer for three years before causing Schaeffer’s death. Robert Bardo attempted twice to enter the sets of “My Sister Sam”, but was denied in both instances. He had soon given up, but after watching the actress in a bed scene in the television show “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills”, he thought it was time for Schaeffer’s death to come, as the actress had turned to another Hollywood whore. Bardo learned that private detectives could find people’s addresses and whereabouts, so he sought the services of one native detective agency to find the address of Schaeffer for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars. Information was gathered through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Bardo, who was 19 then, had his brother provide him with a gun, the murder weapon in Schaeffer’s death. On the day of Schaeffer’s death, Bardo had travelled back to Los Angeles and found the neighborhood where Rebecca Schaeffer was said to reside in. After asking passers-by, Robert Bardo rang the doorbell of the home of Rebecca Schaffer. Schaeffer answered the door, and the two had a short conversation, after which Schaeffer would ask Bardo to leave and never come back to her home. Robert Bardo had breakfast on a local diner before deciding that it was indeed already time for Schaeffer’s death. Bardo went back to the apartment of Rebecca Schaeffer, rang the door bell, and as Schaeffer answered the door, Bardo recounted that Schaeffer had a cold look on her face. Bardo then shot the actress in the chest and fled. Neighbors phoned for paramedics, but 30 minutes after the actress was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Schaeffer’s death was pronounced. Bardo was caught the next day, and was prosecuted by Marcia Clark. Bardo was soon sentenced to life imprisonment for capital murder, without the possibility of a parole.

At an early age of 21, Schaeffer’s death halted the career of what would have been a promising actress in Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer. What was shocking was that Rebecca Schaeffer’s death was caused by a very avid fan. Schaeffer’s death, however, together with the murder of Theresa Saldana, also caused by a stalker, brought up the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, and anti-stalking laws in California. Rebecca Schaeffer’s death became the first story of “E! True Hollywood Story”. Schaffer’s death also served as an inspiration for the film “Moonlight Mile”, directed by Brad Silberling, who dated the actress before Schaeffer’s death.

Amelia Earhart death

Amelia Mary Earhart, born on the 24th of July 1937, was a famous American pilot and aviation pioneer. She remains one of the greatest women pilots in history and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross – a medal awarded to any enlisted member of the United States armed forces who has achieved an act of heroism or extraordinary feat while in aerial flight. In 1937, in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Thus began the Amelia Earhart mystery.

The Amelia Earhart mystery is one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time. The last time she was seen on land was on July 2, 1937 in Lae, New Guinea. Amelia Earhart and her one man crew Fred Noonan, was preparing to take the last 7,000 miles of their journey. They took off after 3-4 days of rest (they reached Lae on the 29th of June 1937).Their first stop was supposed to have been Howland Island, but due to a series of misunderstandings in radio communication, their radio-assisted navigation failed. On the 5th of January 1939, almost two years after her disappearance, she was declared legally dead.

Controversy surrounded the Amelia Earhart mystery, different rumors and theories began emerging at the time of her disappearance. One of the most prevalent theories regarding the Amelia Earhart mystery was that of aeronautical engineer Elgen Long, and his wife Marie K. Long. First of all, they claimed that the flight plans of the Electra (Earhart and Noonan’s plane) were poorly executed. The couple claimed that the Electra most probably left Lae with a half empty tank of gas. They probably ran out of fuel, then crashed and ditched the plane at sea. The “crash and sink” theory is one of the most widely accepted explanations of the Amelia Earhart mystery.

Another theory was that of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or TIGHAR. TIGHAR, in an attempt to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery, suggested that Earhart and Noonan could have flown further and landed on a then uninhabited Gardner Island. In 1940, a British colonial officer discovered a skeleton on the island’s southeast corner. Although the remains were later tested and disproven to be that of Earhart’s, there were also a number of archeological artifacts located on the island that still supported TIGHAR’s explanation on the Amelia Earhart mystery. These artifacts included debris possibly from the Electra itself, remains of what could have been Earhart’s footwear, and improvised tools which Earhart and Noonan could have used while trying to survive on the uninhabited island.

There are still a number of outlandish theories on the Amelia Earhart mystery. Some say Earhart could have been an American spy asked to monitor the Japanese colonies. Some say she could have survived the flight, moved to New Jersey, and changed her identity altogether. Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart? I guess we will never know. One thing is for certain, the Amelia Earhart mystery still remains as one of the most fascinating stories of all time.

Black Dahlia murder

Elizabeth Short, also known as Black Dahlia, was born on July 29, 1924. Physical descriptions of her later brewed from her autopsy. She was approximately 5 feet 5 inches, around 115 pounds, she had blue eyes, brown hair, and decaying teeth, this was the description made after Black Dahlia’s death. She was a young American woman raised out of Boston, Massachusetts in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. Her father, Cleo Short, built miniature golf courses for a living. And her mother, Phoebe May Sawyer, was a bookkeeper. At the age of 16, Elizabeth was sent to live in Miami, Florida for the winter. She continued to live there for the three years spending winter in Miami and Medford in summer; this was because she had asthma and bronchitis. When she was 19 she went over to Vallejo, California to live with her father. The alias Black Dahlia may have originated from two sources. One would have been made up from a word play done from a movie called the Blue Dahlia. Another possibility would have been that the name came from reporters who covered the death of Elizabeth Short. All in all, her life was not easy and was not the only event that was riddled by controversies, regrets, and disappointments, so was her death.

Elizabeth Short died on the 15th of January at 1947, her body was found in a vacant lot located in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Her body was severely mutilated and she had her waist severed from which blood was gushing out. Her face was sliced from the corners of her mouth towards her ear and her body was posed in the most eccentric way, that is her hands were over her head and her elbows were bent at a right angle. She was buried in Oakland, California at the Mountain View Cemetery. A lot of rumors and misconceptions were brewing at the time. Some saying that they saw Elizabeth between the time of her disappearance and her death. Some also say that she was a prostitute and had a few sexual partners. Some say that this is impossible because she was born with a congenital defect wherein her sexual organ was at its infantile state. All these rumors were later disproved. There were also theories and possibly related murders to Black Dahlia’s murder case. People would say that the murder of Elizabeth Short was connected with other murders occurring at that time which were somewhat the same as the way she was murdered.

Whether Black Dahlia’s murder was the work of a random killer, or someone who was a total lunatic, or an experienced murderer, one thing is for sure, that she was killed in cold blood. The suspects for Black Dahlia’s murder may have been too many to count and the person who was locked up may have only been linked to her death because of coincidences or similarities in the murders that he previously committed. Black Dahlia’s murder, solved or unsolved, is one of the most gruesome murders that may as well be placed in the archives of the world’s worst unsolved murders

Lana Clarkson murder

Lana Jean Clarkson, born on the 5th of April 1962, was an American actress, fashion model and hostess. She is best known for her works with Roger Corman, which included the movie “Deathstalker” and the Barbarian Queen. She appears topless in the latter film. Because of this, she achieved cult status and became a fan favorite B-movie actress. She also modeled internationally and was constantly traveling. On the 3rd of February 2003 she was found dead at legendary rock producer Phil Spector’s residence.

Clarkson’s death was allegedly an “accident”. Phil Spector met Clarkson at a VIP Lounge in the House of Blues in West Hollywood where she was working as a hostess. Clarkson and Spector later took his limousine and went to the rock producer’s residence. When Spector’s driver Adriano de Souza was called to testify about Clarkson’s death, he told the jury that he had drove Spector and Clarkson home and was instructed to wait outside the mansion. An hour later, de Souza heard a gunshot coming from within the mansion and then later, saw Spector heading out the back door. He allegedly told de Souza that he might have killed somebody.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call from the neighbors. They found Clarkson’s body on a chair in the foyer. She had apparently been shot in the mouth, while the weapon was found on the floor. Police immediately apprehended Spector who struggled but was later subdued by a Taser gun. Police also found nine other firearms and blood trails leading to the foyer where Clarkson’s dead body was found.

According to the records from the murder trial, Spector had submitted contrasting statements regarding Clarkson’s death. He first told the grand jury that he had no intention of killing Clarkson and that everything was an accident. Later, he changed his statement and claimed that the actress had killed herself and that he had nothing to do with Clarkson’s death.

Phil Spector was at first freed on a bail of $1 million, but was later convicted of second degree murder for Clarkson’s death, and was sentenced to 19 years to life, of which 15 was for second degree murder, and four more years for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. He will be 88 years old when he finally becomes eligible for parole.

Clarkson’s death was a tragic one. She was a woman who had the determination to succeed, and is as hardworking as one can get. Before Clarkson’s death, she had developed, written, produced and directed a showcase reel she entitled Lana Unleashed which was basically her portfolio and probably a biography. She took a job in the House of Blues as a hostess in order to make ends meet. Before Clarkson’s death, she claimed that her dream was to be cast in comic role.

Sharon Tate murder

Sharon Marie Tate, born on the 24th of January 1943, was a television and film actress during the 1960’s. She also worked as a fashion model and a cover girl for different magazines. She was one of the youngest nominees for the Golden Globe Awards for her performance in the movie “Valley of the Dolls”. On 8th of August 1969, she was murdered in her residence along with four others – she was also eight and a half months pregnant at the time.

Sharon Tate’s murder came as a shock to most people. She was two weeks away from birth when it had happened and was awaiting the return of her husband, director Roman Polanzki, from London. On the eve of Tate’s murder, she and friends Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger went out for dinner and returned to Tate’s residence at around 10:30 PM. The following morning, police arrived and discovered the body of a young man, Steven Parent, shot to death in his car outside Tate’s residence. Inside the house they found Tate and Sebring’s bodies tied together by a rope, and then on the front lawn were Frykowski and Folger’s bodies.

Police at first couldn’t find a motive for Tate’s murder, and therefore questioned relatives and friends. Polanzki even went as far as suspecting a few friends and associates. On November 1969 however, an inmate by the name of Susan Atkins admitted to her involvement in Tate’s murder. She also named her accomplices namely Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel. She also admitted their involvement in the LaBianca murder the night after Tate’s murder. Apparently, the murders were by a “hippie group” called the Manson Family (lead by Charles Manson) who considered themselves as a crime family. The “family” believed that a race war was coming, and that only the few chosen “families” would survive. They believed that they should bring about the war itself by killing wealthy families; Tate’s murder was part of their “war”.

Linda Kasabian testified against the Manson Family when Susan Atkins couldn’t comply with the terms of those involved in the investigation of Tate’s murder. Her statement was what incriminated her companions as Watson and Atkins had supported her claims that she didn’t murder anyone. She simply stood outside the house, horrified at what her companions were doing. She also claimed that she thought about running away and asking for help, but became worried about her daughter who was still in the Manson Family ranch. The group, except for Kasabian, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Tate’s murder was one of the most gruesome murders of the decade. She was only aged 26 at the time of her death. Probably the saddest thing about Tate’s murder was the fact that she was pregnant at the time. It remains to be one of the most heartbreaking stories to date.

Bob Crane death

Bob Crane, born on the 13th of July 1928, was an American actor and disc jockey. He was best known for his role as Colonel Robert Hogan in the late 1960’s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. He also became a drummer for various dance bands, as well as a symphony orchestra. On the 29th of June 1978, he was found dead in his apartment – clubbed to death by a camera tripod.

Bob Crane’s death remains a mystery up until today. It has been reopened a couple of times but was never really solved, the perpetrator never really caught.

It was said that on the eve of Bob Crane’s death, he had phoned a colleague by the name of John Henry Carpenter and told him that their friendship was over. The following day, he was found clubbed and bludgeoned to death with what looks like a camera tripod. Although the tripod itself was never found, the autopsy had shown wounds that would have only been inflicted by such a weapon. It is also important to note that Carpenter was a photographer.

An odd thing about Crane’s death was the fact that there was semen all over Crane’s body. Investigators assumed that the murderer may have masturbated and ejaculated on Crane’s body after murdering him. Since DNA analysis wasn’t present at the time of Crane’s death, investigators couldn’t find any leads and the case turned cold.

Carpenter was also reported to have called the apartment several times while the Police were present. He did not seem surprised at all, which led investigators to think that he might have had something to do with Crane’s death. His car was apparently impounded as well where several blood smears were discovered. But again, due to insufficient evidence and the absence of DNA analysis, Carpenter wasn’t charged.

More than a decade after Crane’s death, officials decided to reopen the case. DNA testing was already available and could have shed some light on the cold case. Unfortunately, the evidence was not properly preserved, and extracting sufficient DNA samples from them was impossible. Four more years later, authorities came across a picture of what appeared to be a brain tissue inside Carpenter’s impounded vehicle. The picture was taken on the night of Crane’s death. This made sufficient evidence for an arrest and Carpenter was indeed apprehended that same year. Unfortunately, the evidence still wasn’t enough to incriminate him and he was acquitted. He never admitted to his involvement with Crane’s death, even on his death bed.

It is sad to see that due to the lack of technology at the time of Crane’s death and murder, the perpetrator was never caught and put to justice. Furthermore, the evidence present back then could have been more than enough if it was available in a crime committed in this decade. Crane’s death was a huge loss not only for his friends, family and the industry – but also for the judicial system.

Dorothy Stratten murder

Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian model and actress. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on the 28th of February 1960. She later shortened her surname to its more popular form. At age 19, she found fame as the Playboy Playmate of the Month of August. On 1980, a year after that gig, she was awarded Playboy Playmate of the Year. On the eve of the 14th of August 1980, Stratten was found dead, together with her husband in their apartment. She was only 20 at the time of her death.

The circumstances surrounding Dorothy Stratten’s death is still unclear up to this day. On the afternoon of the 14th of August 1980, Stratten had met with husband Snider at Snider’s apartment where they used to live together (they were separated at that time) to discuss the terms of an amicable divorce. Prior to the meeting, Snider had hired a private detective to follow Stratten around since he suspected her of having an affair with another man. This was later confirmed, as after their separation Stratten moved out to live with Peter Bogdanovich, the director of Stratten’s first major film.

Around 5 in the afternoon of Stratten’s death, two of Snider’s roommates returned home to find that Snider home and his room locked. They decided not to disturb him and left for dinner. Another roommate came home at 7 PM, and also decided not to disturb him. At 11 PM, the private detective phoned their residence and informed the roommates that Snider had not been answering his calls and that he was worried something might have happened. At the detective’s urging, Snider’s roommates broke through Snider’s room, only to find the couple dead and completely nude.

The discovery of Stratten’s death was a gruesome scene- her body was found on the bed, half of her face gone – she was blasted by a shotgun to the head. According to the police and autopsy reports, Snider had first killed Stratten and secured her in a bondage bed. He then engaged in necrophilia before finally killing himself as well.

Stratten’s death is probably a good example of a crime of passion. Snider, the estranged husband, murders his wife, Stratten, out of jealousy. Snider was known to be prone to fits of rage and controlling behavior, and was most probably mentally and emotionally unstable. He forbade Stratten to drink coffee for fear of ruining her teeth.

Eight years after Stratten’s death, Bogdanovich married her younger sister, Louise Stratten. She was only 12 at the time of Stratten’s death.

There have been two motion pictures inspired by Stratten’s death. “Death of a Centerfold: the Dorothy Stratten Story” was a 1981 film where Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed Stratten. In 1983, Star 80 was released and was shot in the very same house where Stratten was murdered. Stratten’s death was a tragic loss; she had such a bright future ahead of her.

Tupac Shakur murder

Tupac Amaru Shakur, born on the 16th of June 1971, was an American rapper and was considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time (ranked 86th by the Rolling Stones Magazine). He was not only a musician, but was a great actor and a social activist as well. He was known to promote racial egalitarianism with his songs. In September 1996 2pac, as he was famously known by, became the victim of a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died of respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest.

2pac’s murder was thought to have been anticipated as the 1996 shooting was not a first. In November 1994, 2pac was shot five times and then robbed at a New York recording studio. 2pac managed to survive this ordeal despite being shot twice in the head, twice in the groin, and once more through the arm and thigh.

2pac’s murder was one of the few key events of the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. This rivalry was also believed to have been the angle behind 2pac’s murder. It was rumored that 2pac was dragged into the rivalry when he was bailed out of prison by Death Row Records of the “West Coast” hip hop scene in exchange for 2pac releasing three albums under them. 2pac then joined Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records in furthering their rivalry with East Coast representative Bad Boy Records and Biggie Smalls, A.K.A. Notorious B.I.G.

2pac’s murder was not the first of the East Coast-West Coast feud. In 1995, while attending a party in Atlanta, a close friend of Knight was fatally shot outside the party. 1995 was also the year when 2pac signed a deal with Death Row Records.

Needless to say, Bad Boy Records’ Notorious B.I.G. who represented the East Coast would have been the prime suspects of 2pac’s murder. 2pac was after all, the most central and vocal figure of the feud, not to mention he was Death Row Records’ “ace”. Bad Boy Records’ “ace” Notorious B.I.G. however denied any involvement with 2pac’s murder. After his murder in 1997, B.I.G.’s family submitted documentation to MTV suggesting that Biggie, at the time of 2pac’s murder, was at a New York recording studio.

Another East-Coast artist, Nas, was speculated to have been involved with 2pac’s murder. There was a confrontation between the two artists a few months prior to 2pac’s murder. Although accounts from different witnesses varied, all accounts agreed on one thing: that 2pac and Nas agreed to remove insults on each other on their upcoming albums. Although Nas kept his end of the bargain, 2pac’s murder happened before he could do the same.

2pac’s murder still remains a cold case largely due to the lack of hard evidence. 2pac was a brilliant musician, an icon, and a legend. His death was, and still is, a paradox of our time.

Jimi Hendrix death

Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix on the 27th of November 1942, is considered as one of the greatest electric guitarists in rock music history. He was also a singer and songwriter. He was an icon and is probably one of the most influential musicians of his time. His musical influence spans across different genres from blues, to rock, to jazz, etc. He was so proficient at his instrument even though he was self taught and his technique was simply outstanding. Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. He was aged 27 at the time of his death.

Jimi Hendrix’ death still remains a mystery until today. Some say it was murder, some say it was suicide, some say it was simply drug overdose. Whatever the reason is behind Jimi Hendrix’ death, its circumstances have never been fully explained.

His body was found at about 11:27 a.m. of November 27, 1942 in his lover’s hotel room. According to the autopsy, Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit. It was likely that he had vomited in his sleep (as he attended a party the night prior to his death and had apparently ingested a lot of alcohol) and failed to wake up. Her lover’s statements however were often contradicting. Information varied from one interview to another. At one point she had claimed that at the day of Jimi Hendrix’ death, she had accompanied him in the ambulance and that Hendrix was still breathing at that time. The paramedics present in the vehicle denied her presence and stated that Hendrix was already dead when they found him. She also claimed that prior to Jimi Hendrix’ death, he had ingested nine pills of a half-pill per dosage sleeping pill – suicide was then also considered to be a possible explanation for Jimi Hendrix’ death. Hendrix’ constant drug use however could have been sufficient enough explanation for the act of ingesting the pills.

In 2009, James Wright, a fellow musician and author, claimed that manager Mike Jeffrey was responsible for Jimi Hendrix’ death; he claimed that the manager admitted to murdering Hendrix because he was thinking about firing him and ending his contract. Among those who supported Wright was the doctor who attended to the scene of Jimi Hendrix’ death. According to the doctor, it was possible that Hendrix was forcefully fed with a massive amount of red wine and sleeping pills. This testimony was contradicted by the paramedics that were also present in the scene.

Jimi Hendrix’ death still remains a mystery largely due to the lack of eye witness accounts, evidence, and even his unpredictable tendencies. His untimely death was a terrible loss to the music industry. To die at such a young age and still be able to contribute that much, his life’s work was already worth more than a lifetime – Jimi Hendrix was, and still is, a legend.

Heath Ledger death

Heath Andrew Ledger, born on the 4th of April 1979, was an Australian film actor. The young star was behind award winning films such as The Patriot (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and of course the film that made him a legend, the Dark Knight (2008) which was, at the time of Ledger’s death, still in the editing process. He passed away on the 22nd of January which was ruled an “accidental toxic combination of prescription drugs”.

On the eve of Ledger’s death, Diana Wolozin, his masseuse, found Ledger’s unconscious body in his bedroom. Wolozin immediately phoned Ledger’s friend, actress Mary-Kate Olsen who was in California at the time. Olsen directed a private security guard in New York to proceed to Ledger’s residence. After almost fifteen minutes Wolozin decided to call 9-11, which urged the frightened masseuse to administer CPR. Her attempts to resuscitate the actor failed and only three minutes after EMT paramedics arrived at the scene, Heath Ledger was pronounced dead.

Two weeks after Ledger’s death, a toxicology report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York was released. According to the initial autopsy, Ledger’s death was caused by acute intoxication by the combined effects of different prescription drugs such as diazepam, doxylamine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and temazepam. The Chief Medical Examiner also believed that Ledger’s death was an accident, that it had resulted from the abuse, whether accidental or not, of prescription drugs.

In August of 2008, the actor’s close friend Mary-Kate Olsen was speculated to be involved in Ledger’s death. Murray Weiss of the New York Post had reason to believe that Olsen had supplied Ledger with the drugs that ended his life. Her lawyer denied the accusation, and also said that the actress refused to be interviewed by federal investigators without immunity from prosecution. The actress also stressed that the media had insufficient evidence to link her to their accusations.

Sources also linked Heath Ledger’s death to his insomnia. The actor reportedly had trouble sleeping after the filming of the Dark Knight. According to Ledger himself, he frequently had too much going on in his head and that was causing his inability to get a good night’s rest. “My body was exhausted, while my mind was still going”, he told the New York Times. Because of this, he resorted to taking medication, which apparently didn’t help at all. Even taking more than the prescribed dosage didn’t help him.

Ledger’s death also affected the marketing of his two previously unreleased films: The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He won a Golden Globe Award posthumously for the Dark Knight, as well as an Academy Award. Heath Ledger was probably one of the greatest actors of our time. He has touched many throughout his career, and his works rank as some of the best in the business.