According to Cheryl's testimony, the couple had been quarreling when Stompanato (an ex-bodyguard for Mickey Cohen) allegedly threatened to kill Turner. Cheryl got a 10-inch kitchen knife and plunged it into Stompanato's stomach. She was later acquitted, based on a defense of justifiable homicide.
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The most infamous murder case in the history of Hollywood, the body was found two blocks east of where the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza mall is today. The grisly murder has inspired several movies, most notably 1981's "True Confessions" and the 2006 film, "The Black Dahlia". *
On July 7, 1946, when engine trouble developed, Hughes attempted to land his experimental XF-11 plane on the golf greens at the Los Angeles Country Club (10101 Wilshire Blvd.), but he didn't made it. Instead, he first bounced off the roofs of stars' homes at 803 and 805 N. Linden Drive in Beverly Hills, then smashed into the home at 808 Whittier Drive, destroying the plane and burning down the house.
Hughes somehow survived
the crash, but was badly injured. He became addicted to opiates during
his hospital recovery, and grew his trademark mustache to cover a scar
on his lip that he received from the crash.
1443 N. Hayworth Ave., West Hollywood: the apartment house where author F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940. He actually lived nearby at 1403 North Laurel Ave., but when he began suffering heart problems (shortly before his death), he was unable to climb the stairs to his second-floor apartment, so he moved into this first-floor apartment of his lover, Sheila Graham. He was working on "The Last Tycoon" when he died here.
The story of his
latter life was made into a film titled "Beloved Infidel",
starring Gregory Peck
as Fitzgerald and Deborah Kerr
as Sheila Graham. The movie ends with his death in this apartment.
Quite a few of Fitzgerald's great novels were adapted for the big screen,
including "The Great Gatsby," (twice, once
with Robert Redford
and earlier with Warner Baxter),
"Tender Is The Night" (with Jennifer
Jones & Jason
Robards) and his unfinished "The
Last Tycoon" (with Robert DeNiro).
17531 Posetano Road, Pacific Palisades: the death site of Thelma Todd, on Dec. 16, 1935. Miss Todd was a popular young actress who, during the early 1930's, had co-starred in a number of classic comedies with the Marx Brothers ("Horse Feathers," "Monkey Business"), Laurel & Hardy, and Buster Keaton.
She also ran a popular beachside restaurant, "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe," located nearby at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway, just west of Sunset Blvd.
Thelma died at age 30 in 1935 under very
mysterious circumstances. She was found dead in her car, still parked in
the garage above her café. It was ruled an accidental suicide, yet
the bloody scene suggested a murder, and many people suspected a cover-up
of a gangland slaying. Her life story was told in the 1991 TV movie "White
Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd,." with Loni
Anderson playing the title role. Also see "Haunted Hollywood")
649 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles: The home of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, where he lived at the time of the infamous sex party where Arbuckle allegedly caused the death of actress Virginia Rappe in 1921.
Second only to Charlie Chaplin in popularity as a film comic at time of the scandal, Arbuckle was subsequently acquitted of all charges and the jury issued a formal apology to him. But his career was destroyed. The house (near USC) is now a home for Catholic priests. (The actual party took place in Suite 1221 of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.) *
404-B South Alvarado (the northeast corner of Alvarado & Maryland), Los Angeles: the former site of the Alvarado Court Apartments, near MacArthur Park, where on February 1, 1922 Paramount film director William Desmond Taylor, was shot to death in his bungalow.
It was one of the biggest crimes to hit Hollywood; the murder mystery dominated the headlines of the period, and still inspires authors today. The list of suspects included many showbiz figures, including silent film actress Mabel Normand (Mack Sennett's leading lady), but the case remains unsolved to this day. (The site is a parking lot now, and the once wealthy neighborhood is now shabby.) *
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