Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s Most Gruesome Deaths. Were They All Murders?

  • 'Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood' Revisits the Sharon Tate Murders.
  • Quentin Tarantino Rewrites History With the Usual Bloodbath Ending to His Latest Film.
  • Hollywood Stars Seem to Fall Victim to Murder and Suicide More Often Than The Average Citizen.

Now that Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” is shocking (and awing) millions of devoted fans, gossip columns are bursting with recaps of the Sharon Tate murders by members of the infamous Manson Family during the long, hot “Summer of Love” in August, 1969. There are even guided tours to the murder scene, despite the fact that the house where the ghastly acts were committed was razed and rebuilt years ago.

It’s likely that the world famous Tarantino is enjoying the success of his latest film. But, at some point, he’s gonna have to pick up his pen once again. Or, somebody else will. So, we thought we might help with some ideas for the next project. After all, what’s more popular than a Hollywood story?

Especially one with a bloody spectacular ending…

By far, the neighborhood where more Hollywood murders occurred is in the world famous, gated community of Beverly Hills. More well known as the “safe” enclave of Hollywood’s most famous and richest stars, Beverly Hills is also home to some of the industry’s most notorious and gruesome murders. These include the deaths of gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Johnny Stomponato, the parents of the Menendez Brothers, aspiring actress Lana Clarkson (shot to death by record producer Phil Specter) multiple murder victims at the hands of the Billionaire Boys Club, Dag Drollet (killed by Marlon Brando’s son Christian) and A-List publicist Ronni Chasen, whose murder remains unsolved to this day.

Phil Hartman and Brynn Omdahl: SNL favorite Phil Hartman was just entering into the most successful phase of his career following a string of big screen roles which only further endeared him to his TV fan’s hearts. Too bad his own wife wasn’t one of them. After a bitter fight over her drug abuse, Hartman went to bed. After he fell asleep, Omdahl shot him in the head, then took her own life. Thus, this Hollywood story has both a murder and a suicide. We’d have preferred just the latter…

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez: Selena, as she was known to her fans, was just about to break out into Madonna/Jenny Lopez/Gloria Estefan megafame when she was murdered by a disgruntled assistant, Yolanda Saldívar. Saldivar had been caught robbing the cookie jar and begged for one last meeting before officially being fired. During the heated encounter, Saldivar whipped out a pistol and shot the rising star in the back, causing massive blood loss. Saldivar was later captured, but Selena, at just 23, died shortly after arriving at a local emergency room. She is sorely missed…

Thomas Noguchi was Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner for the County of Los Angeles from 1967 to 1982. Known as the “Coroner to the Stars” he performed autopsies and determined the cause of death in many high-profile Hollywood accidental deaths, murders and suicides, including Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, William Holden, Natalie Wood and John Belushi.

The Simpson-Goldman Murders: Just after midnight on June 13, 1994, horrified neighbors of Nicole Brown-Simpson discovered her mutilated body lying across the front steps of her Brentwood, California townhouse. Nearby, the corpse of friend (some say lover) Ronald Goldman was discovered. He had been brutally stabbed many times and had obviously put up a furious fight against his crazed killer. We all know the rest of the story, which ended in the acquittal of the victim’s accused murderer, O.J. Simpson. A Hollywood ending if there ever was one…

Marilyn Monroe: On August 5, 1962, the most famous movie star in history was found dead in her bedroom (again, in Brentwood) apparently as a result of an opioid overdose. Unfortunately, her body was already decomposing at the time, and gruesome photos of the death scene show just how unglamorous dying can be. The LA Coroner ruled her death a suicide, but unanswered questions continue to linger to this day. Was it accidental? Was she murdered? Like the rarest (therefore the best) of Hollywood endings, we’ll probably never know…

Elizabeth Short (aka the “Black Dahlia”): Perhaps the most gruesome Hollywood killing of all (and maybe the one that got this story spinning) was the 1947 murder, dismemberment and desanguination of aspiring film actress Lizzie Short. She was found literally cut in half and dumped on a Hollywood street, posed in a ghastly, suggestive position, with a Joker-like smile slashed from the corners of her lips all the way back to her ears. Much like Jack the Ripper, dozens of suspects have been proposed as the ghoul who committed such a vile act. But, so far, the killer has never been identified. A true Hollywood tragedy. Especially since Elizabeth Short became more famous in death than she ever was in life…

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