Straight out the scripts and off of the silver screens of L.A. come some of the most mysterious unsolved Hollywood murders. Flip a few frames with us as we go back in time and pore through some of the weirdest LaLa land misdeeds. Number 18 is a real whodunnit!
The star of Hogan’s Heroes was found beaten to death by a video camera tripod in 1978. His friend, John Carpenter, was the main suspect, but the case was acquitted due to inconclusive evidence. There are a lot of kinky sex rumors attached to this one.
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AKA Christopher Wallace. The iconic East Coast rapper was shot in 1997 as he was leaving the Soul Train Music Awards in L.A. when a car pulled up next to his, and someone inside shot him. He was just 24 years old. It was classified as a drive-by but Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, believed the LAPD was behind his murder and brought a lawsuit against the department in 2002.
The legendary guitarist is said to have choked to death on his own vomit, but his former manager, James Wright has other claims. In his 2009 book, Rock Roadie, he wrote that Hendrix’s new manager, Mike Jeffery, confessed to forcing red wine and drugs down the rock star’s throat which caused the eventual death.
This Twin Peaks star died in 1996 of blunt force trauma, but before he died, he told a possibly-invented story of two young men severely beating him outside a Winchell’s Donuts. However, his blood alcohol level at the time of his death – .24, three times the legal limit for driving – was enough to suggest that the story may have been, at the very least, exaggerated.
On the morning of November 28, 1981, Wood’s body was found floating in a Catalina Island cove. Overnight, the star of West Side Story and her husband, Robert Wagner apparently had some sort of heated argument about her relationship with her then co-star, Christopher Walken. Although her death was officially ruled an accident, many believe that the “accident” was not so accidental.
The 1920s actress and cafe owner was found inside a garage, behind the wheel of her car leading first to speculations of suicide. But, the police found that her shoes were too clean for her to have walked to the garage herself. Her murder is still unsolved – was it the corrupt District Attorney, her ex-husband, or notorious gangster Lucky Luciano? No one knows.
The host of the New Wave Theater in LA was bludgeoned to death in his apartment in 1983. A large group of friends gathered in his apartment soon after his death, and may have unintentionally destroyed evidence by doing so. It’s still unclear whether the murder was committed by someone he knew or not.
The martial arts actor died in Bangkok, tied up in a closet in what was apparently an autoerotic asphyxiation scenario. However, one of his ex-wives conducted “her own investigation” and claims that the actor was murdered (though she and another ex-wife both confirmed that Carradine did have self-bondage predilections).
This Hollywood publicist worked with just about everyone in Hollywood at one point or another. In 2010, she was shot four times in her car in what appeared to be a planned hit. The main suspect for the murder, Harold Smith, committed suicide shortly thereafter (using the same gun used to kill Chasen), and the case was closed without being solved.
While the iconic actress’ death in 1962 was ruled a probable suicide, many believe Monroe was murdered, possibly because of her liaisons with both JFK and his brother, Robert. New evidence surfaced in 2014 about Monroe’s final hours. When Hollywood private detective Fred Otash died, some of his personal effects related to the case were investigated. It appears the he had bugged Monroe’s house, and had taken notes on some of the recordings, which make her death seem like it may have been planned.