Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hollywood's unsolved murder mysteries-Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle became one of the most famous men in America throughout the 1910s, starring in 37 films with everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. (He is credited with discovering Lloyd and Bob Hope, while also mentoring Chaplin.)

In 1921, Arbuckle signed a then-record deal with Paramount worth $1 million. To celebrate, he threw a party over Labor Day at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. An actress named Virgina Rappe became ill at the party; she died four days later, and Arbuckle was accused of raping and accidentally killing her.

Following three trials, Arbuckle was finally cleared of Rappe’s death, but by then the damage had been done: his films were banned for short period of time, and he couldn’t get work even after the ban lifted. Arbuckle returned in 1932 and later signed contract with Warner Bros. to appear in feature-length comedies. “This is the best day of my life,” he was quoted as saying. Arbuckle died that night in his sleep after suffering a heart attack; he was 46.

As for Rappe, she died from a ruptured bladder, which may have been caused from a botched abortion she had days before the Labor Day party.


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