With the world’s fascination with celebrity culture, there is nothing more intriguing than unsolved celebrity murders. In this video we’ll take a look at some of the unsolved murders of celebrities and some of the most notorious crimes in history. Most of these murder cases closed after years of fruitless searching for suspects or substantial evidence. However, some of them remain open and even decades after the murders, authorities are still attempting to identify what actually happened. But to this day, they still remain a mystery.
Bob Crane, the 1960s sitcom star from Hogan’s Heroes found in his apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona, after he had beaten to death in his bed with a camera tripod. It’s 1978, and the police on scene could hardly recognize Crane as he had beaten so brutally. A friend of Crane’s, John Carpenter, was the main suspect. But without witnesses to the murder, it was difficult to make any formal accusations.
In 1990, twelve years after the murder took place, the case reopened. This was due to an overlooked photo of human body tissue found in Carpenter’s car resurfacing. Carpenter arrested and tried for first-degree murder. After evidence found inconclusive, the case acquitted. Join Facts Verse to learn more about Unsolved Celebrity Murders That Keep Us up at Night.
No martial artist in history has had an impact on the world quite like Bruce Lee. On July 20th, 1973, just one month before the release of his latest movie, Enter the Dragon. Lee met with producer Raymond Chow and discussed their new project, Game of Death. The two visited the home of Taiwanese actress Betty Ting Pei. While there, Lee complained of a headache and Pei allegedly gave him an Equagesic. A combination of aspirin and a muscle relaxant. Lee decided to take a nap, but never woke up.
The only substance that found in the movie star’s autopsy was Equagesic. It later ruled that Lee died from a brain edema caused by a hypersensitivity to the muscle relaxant in the drug. But that has not stopped the conspiracy theorists. Many claim that Lee either murdered by the triads, died from a Dim Mak which means death strike, which he received some time earlier, or that his family was cursed.
It’s the final theory that resurfaced on March 31st, 1993, when Lee’s son Brandon Lee accidentally shot to death while filming his character’s death scene in the film The Crow.
Thelma Todd, also known as Hot Toddy, was an actress in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Todd found dead inside a garage, behind the steering wheel of her car. Some believed at the time that she had committed suicide or possibly killed herself by accident while warming up her car, after getting locked out of the house. There were no signs of struggle on her, except for a broken nose. Another peculiar circumstance was her blood alcohol level being too high for her to have climbed the steps to the garage. As well as this, her sandals were reportedly too clean to have climbed the stairs herself.
Some rumours suggest that it could have been her ex-husband or gang leader Charles “Lucky” Luciano who killed her. This is due to Todd having had confrontations with both of them shortly before her death. Another rumor which spread was that her boyfriend, Roland West, confessed on his deathbed that he had accidently locked Todd in the garage. Todd’s body cremated, which led some to believe it done to cover up her death by the corrupt District Attorney’s office.
Actor and martial artist, most recently made famous for his performance as Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s revenge saga Kill Bill, David Carradine found dead on June 4th 2009. His body discovered in his hotel room in Bangkok. He found hanging in the closet with a rope tied around his neck, wrist, and genitals, in an apparent act of autoerotic asphyxiation.
Two of Carradine’s ex-wives, Gail Jensen and Marina Anderson, confirmed that Carradine did have a self-bondage fetish, but since then, Anderson has been public about her thoughts on his death. She claims that she conducted her own investigation and ruled that the actor murdered.
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Diana, Princess of Wales
Possibly the most loved member of the British royal family, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash on August 31st, 1997. The crash occurred in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris. While the initial French investigation concluded that the accident was caused by the driver’s drunken loss of control, conspiracy theories live on to this day. Many believe the crash to be caused by aggressive paparazzi. While others question if MI6 or even members of the Royal Family designed the accident to keep Diana from marrying Muslim billionaire Dodi Al-Fayed.
Evidence arose in 2013, which lended to a new investigation of the Princess’s murder. Researchers believe the crash a plot planned by MI6 with help from the British military. Other claims include a former SAS solider saying he worked on an assassination team called The Increment, and has offered sensitive files to the police. Another former SAS solider claims he told his in-laws that the regiment was behind the assassination. A story recently surfaced, suggesting the car’s brakes may have tampered with beforehand.
Francois Levistre witnessed the car crash and claims that a white flash of light occurred right in front of Princess Diana’s car, which caused the crash. He then saw a motorcycle passenger get off and inspect the car. He then made a hand gesture to the motorcycle driver before getting back on and leaving the scene. Join Facts Verse to learn more about Unsolved Celebrity Murders That Keep Us up at Night.
Tupac Shakur, better known by his stage name 2Pac, a hip hop icon when he was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting. The attack took place in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996. The rapper died six days later in the hospital. Tupac had just attended a boxing match and a witness identified a Crips gang member, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, in the lobby. The witness stated that Anderson had attacked Tupac. While it’s speculated by many that the murder gang related, there not enough sufficient evidence given to lead to any arrests. Tupac was 25 years old when he died.
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, and Biggie Smalls, were all the stage names of Rapper Christopher George Latore Wallace. The hip hop icon became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene. This was during a time when the West Coast scene was dominant in the mainstream, an ongoing feud between the two groups exploded out of this. This feud included longtime rival Tupac Shakur. After Shakur’s death from a drive-by shooting in 1996, Biggie understandably became concerned about his own life. In 1997, he killed while sitting in an SUV. Another car pulled up beside him and shot him. He was 24 years old and no one ever named a suspect in his death.
Musician and host of the New Wave Theater in Los Angeles, Peter Ivers found in his bed in downtown LA, bludgeoned to death in 1983. Dozens of Ivers friends visited his apartment to mourn him, unfortunately this led to them accidentally tampering with the evidence. There are a number of theories about the reasoning for Ivers’ murder. Some believe that he killed during a robbery, while others speculate that one of the attendees of the New Wave Theater murdered him. There has been little headway in solving the Ivers murder case, leaving us to wonder if his murderer will ever see justice.
Known for playing Superman in the 1950s television series, George Reeves had trouble finding work after leaving his famous role. In dire financial straits due to his extravagant Hollywood lifestyle, Reeve reportedly shot himself in the head between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. on June 16th, 1959. He did so in the upstairs bedroom of his Los Angeles home, while his fiancée, playwright Leonore Lemmon, and friends William Bliss, writer Robert Condon, and Carol Van Ronkel were partying downstairs.
Actors Alan Ladd and Gig Young were reportedly skeptical of the official determination. In their book Hollywood Kryptonite, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger make a case for the involvement of Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM vice president and fixer Eddie Mannix, with whom Reeves had been having an affair. Others suggested that Eddie Mannix, rumored to have Mafia ties, ordered Reeves killed.
Rock and roll legend, Jimi Hendrix, died in 1970 with many believing he murdered. The autopsy report revealed that Jimi choked to death on his own vomit while under the influence. But that is not all, it also revealed that his lungs and stomach filled with wine and barbiturates. According to James Wright, Hendrix’s former manager, Mike Jeffrey, his current manager of the time, had taken a $2 million policy out on Hendrix and had stated that Hendrix was worth more dead than alive.
Wright believes Jeffrey forced red wine and sleeping pills down his throat until he died. He even claims that Jeffrey admitted to the murder, shortly before he died in an airplane crash. Dr. John Bannister, tried reviving Hendrix at the time of his death, and he also believes he was murdered.
Bannister stated that the amount of wine that was over him was extraordinary. Not only was it saturated right through his hair and shirt, but his lungs and stomach were absolutely full of wine. He went on to claim that Hendrix had really drowned in a massive amount of wine.
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