Hollywood is a place of glitz and glamour where the stars of the entertainment game truly shine. With all the studios and productions it is definitely a place of wonder. From the infamous sign in the hills to the walk of fame in its streets, it is indeed the place where dreams are made of. But unfortunately, that is not the case for every celebrity that makes it big in this town. While some shine bright into their golden years some of the beautiful people have had their career to stardom suddenly cut short. And some of them, to this day have not found justice.
After years of investigation and mass speculation, many celebrity deaths are still a mystery to this day. The studios in Hollywood are known for making some of the best mystery and noir films, but none of those made even come close to the real-life deaths that are still shrouded in mystery. So many famous peoples deaths have shocked the world, and millions have grieved over the years at the loss of life. But only a few remain extremely murky as to the who, what and why of how it all went down. To this day these are ten mysterious Hollywood deaths that have still gone unsolved.
1. Tupac Shakur
Hip Hop artists are a dime a dozen that continue to pop up day in and day out with many of them being just a rough copy of one another giving no real substance to the genre. This, however, is not always the case. Some of these MC’s are the stuff of legends, and their work will inevitably transcend time. Their work will stay relevant many years after they are gone. One prime example of this is one Tupac Amaru Shakur. 2pac, as most people knew him, was one of the rap games most powerful and prolific voices ever. This made things so devastating when he was killed, and there is nobody behind bars for the crime.
Shakur was headed to a gig in Las Vegas when the unthinkable happened. He was in the car on the street when a car rolled up next to him and shot him four times. This drive-by shooting ended up taking the rappers life six days later in a hospital, and the mystery of who did it remains unsolved to this day. Tupac was gunned down in his prime leaving the world at the young age of 25. This was not just a tragedy for the music and movie world. This was a tragedy for the entire world.
2. Natalie Wood
One of the most famous and talked about Hollywood murder mysteries revolves around the beautiful Natalie Wood. The actress first rose to prominence in 1947 when she played Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street. Then she wowed audiences with her performance as Maria in 1961’s Westside Story. She had been nominated for three Academy Awards by the time she was 25 for her work in the films Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, and Love With a Prop Stranger. So when she was found floating dead in the water in a nightgown, jacket, and socks, it was a devastating affair, to say the least.
Thirty-eight years ago Wood was out on a 55-foot yacht called the Splendor. Four adults ventured out that day, but all of them would not return alive. Apparently, Woods husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken argued the boat and Natalie went to bed. When Robert went to kiss his wife goodnight, she was nowhere to be found. The next morning they found her in the water lifeless. This was ruled an accident, but many are very skeptical on what really went down that night. 30 years after her death in 2011 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the case, but it is still unsolved.
3. Notorious B.I.G.
Tupac Shakur is not the only MC to have a death shrouded in mystery. Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. was a big name in Hip Hop. While Shakur was big on the West coast, Biggie ran the East coast hip hop scene. At first, the two were friends, but that soon turned into one of the genres biggest rivalry. And when Shakur was killed many speculated Biggie was involved, even though the rapper vehemently denies having any connection to the horrible act, despite the two being involved in hip hop war between east coast and west coast music factions, which is why what happened not much long after 2pac’s death was so shocking.
Besides both being two of the games best, the other thing Biggie has in common with 2pac is how they died. Wallace was also gunned down in a drive-by shooting. He was shot multiple times on March 6, 1997, just six months after the murder of Shakur. The rapper was leaving a party when it all happened. He was pronounced dead an hour later. Christopher Wallace was only 24 years old, and his killer is still at large.
4. Bob Crane
Bob Crane was a TV star made famous by the program known as Hogans Heroes. This series was top-rated and made Crane a very famous individual. But the one thing that outdid his TV fame was the hype surrounding his death mainly because it is still one of Hollywood’s biggest mysteries. Crane was found bludgeoned to death in an apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In the film, Auto Focus it is revealed that Crane was a huge sex addict and he may have rubbed a good amount of people the wrong way in his lifetime. So finding the culprit with very little evidence and a long list of haters made this one a real head-scratcher. The case was reopened in 1990. This lead to Crane’s friend John Henry Carpenter to be tried for the crime. However, in 1994 he was acquitted of all charges leaving the murder still unresolved to this day.
5. Elizabeth Short
Elizabeth Short was like any other girl with a dream of being in the pictures. This hometown girl got on a bus and headed west with her heart set on making her dreams of becoming a big movie star true. This 22-year-old aspiring actress became one of the most famous actresses of the time for all the wrong reasons.
Short was the victim of a gruesome murder in Los Angeles that was sensationalized by the press. The poor girl was made famous after her tragic death and became a fixture in Hollywood known as the Black Dahlia. James Elroy published a popular neo-noir novel about the incident, and this real-life tragedy was also made into a 2006 film directed by none other than iconic cinema director Brian De Palma. This probably wasn’t what Short had in mind when she set out to become a famous celebrity.
6. George Reeves
Everyone knows that Man of Steel can leap tall buildings in a single bound, can fly, and is absolutely bulletproof. So it was very ironic when the 45-year-old actor known for his work as the titular hero on the program The Adventures of Superman was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the temple. George Reeves was found naked in his Beverly Hills Home dead in his bed.
This all went down in 1959 and was the subject of the 2006 film Hollywoodland where Ben Affleck played Reeves. Mr. Reeves’s death has initially been ruled a suicide until his mother commissioned another investigation. It has been speculated that actress Toni Mannix, who was Reeves’s ex-lover, called in a hit on the Superman actor but it was never proven. To this day the world has no idea who killed Superman.
7. Jack Nance
Jack Nance was an actor known for working with filmmaker David Lynch. Fans will recognize him from such Lynch directed projects as Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and most notably of all Eraserhead. The films were very mysterious to everyday moviegoers and cinephiles alike, but the real mystery came when the actor was found dead. In 1996 on December 30th he was found lifeless, and the cause of death ended up being a subdural hematoma which was caused by blunt force trauma.
No one knows for sure what happened to Nance, but there are theories as to what could have happened. He could have been hit in the head and knocked to the ground in an altercation with two men at a local donut shop. Another theory people have speculated over the years is that he hurt himself while being intoxicated as his blood alcohol level was at 0.24 percent when he died. As of today, it remains a mystery.
8. JonBenét Ramsey
When the world loses a child, it is one of the worst tragedies a family can endure. And when this child is a beautiful angel that looks absolutely adorable in her pageant outfit that ends up murdered in her Colorado home, it was a big deal. This wrongful death took the world by storm and shocked anybody watching this awful event unfold. To lose a child is a horrible thing to experience and that’s why the murder of JonBenet Ramsey hit home for so many people. This case quickly became national news and is still talked about in length to this very day.
Many strange things began to unravel in this twisted tale of child murder. Ramsey’s parents claim there was a ransom note sent to them eight hours before the body was found. This ransom note demanded a sum of $118,000 in exchange for the girl’s return. Suspicion remained on the parents until John Mark Karr admitted that he was the killer. This happened just after Ramsey’s mother had died. However, Karr was later released when DNA tests confirmed he was not at the crime scene. The parents were also cleared of any wrongdoing as the prosecutor on the case claims the DNA evidence points to there being an unidentified and unexplained third party that is responsible. This third party has still not been brought to justice.
9. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is remembered for a lot of things. Her illustrious film career, her singing Happy Birthday to John F. Kennedy, and her mysterious death in 1962. She slipped into a coma after an apparent drug overdose. This was initially ruled a suicide, but those facts don’t really lineup when one looks at the big picture. Many items were allegedly removed from her home which led to speculation about the famous actress’s death being the result of foul play as opposed to the most beautiful celebrity in showbiz who was loved by so many to kill herself.
With this one there is no shortage of conspiracy theories for what happened to Ms. Monroe. Some believe the Mafia may have been behind her death in retaliation for John and Robert Kennedy. Allegedly the two Kennedy boys had affairs with the actress. Even John and Robert have been suspected in her death. It has also been suspected that she somehow was a National Security risk because of her intimate relationship with the president and the last thing she saw was a needle going through her eye from a CIA spook. Now, these are all just theories, and the world may never know what happened to the very beautiful and talented Marilyn Monroe.
10. William Desmond Taylor
William Desmond Taylor is an interesting character. He abandoned his wife and family in 1908 and changed his name, which was Peter Tanner, to William Desmond Taylor. Years later he resurfaced in Hollywood where he directed over 60 films. At one point he was even the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association.
In 1922 Taylor was found dead in his home in Hollywood with a gunshot wound on his back. A dark-haired man was seen by witnesses leaving Taylor’s house, but no arrests were ever made. It was revealed at one point that Taylor had reported actress Mabel Nomad’s cocaine dealer to the authorities. His death was theorized to be some sort of retaliation. Taylor’s murder still has not been solved to this day.