13 Unsolved Hollywood Mysteries

The Black Dahlia, Superman, and more

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2013 5:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Long before people started speculating whether someone sinister was behind Michael Jackson's death, Hollywood had seen its fair share of unsolved mysteries. Radar rounds up 13, from the comedian accused of rupturing an actress' bladder—but never convicted—to the actress who was rumored to have let her teenage daughter take a murder rap for her. Click through the gallery for details on a few, or check out Radar for the full list.

The comedian Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle was accused of killing actress Virginia Rappe, 30, on September 9, 1921. He was said to have ruptured her bladder while sexually assaulting her, but he was never convicted, and the cause of Rappe's death remains unknown. Some think it was alcohol-exacerbated cystitis or perhaps...
The comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was accused of killing actress Virginia Rappe, 30, on September 9, 1921. He was said to have ruptured her bladder while sexually assaulting her, but he was never convicted,...   (Wikimedia Commons)
Director and actor William Desmond Taylor was found murdered at his home on February 1, 1922; he had been shot in the back. Seven suspects were identified, including the actress who was the last person to see him alive and a 19-year-old who had written him love letters. The case...
Director and actor William Desmond Taylor was found murdered at his home on February 1, 1922; he had been shot in the back. Seven suspects were identified, including the actress who was the last person...   (Wikimedia Commons)
Silent film mogul Thomas Ince died onboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht on November 19, 1924. Cause of death was ruled to have been heart trouble, but some think Hearst accidentally shot him when he was aiming at Charlie Chaplin, whom Hearst supposedly found in a compromising position with his mistress...
Silent film mogul Thomas Ince died onboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht on November 19, 1924. Cause of death was ruled to have been heart trouble, but some think Hearst accidentally shot him when he...   (Wikimedia Commons)
Actress Thelma Todd was found dead in her car on December 16, 1935; the car was in the garage of Todd's lover and business partner's ex-wife. She was ruled to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but friends doubted she killed herself and noted she'd had an unpleasant encounter with...
Actress Thelma Todd was found dead in her car on December 16, 1935; the car was in the garage of Todd's lover and business partner's ex-wife. She was ruled to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning,...   (Wikimedia Commons)
Elizabeth Short was known as the Black Dahlia (shown in a mug shot taken after she was picked up for underage drinking in 1943). She was found dead at age 22 in 1947, sliced in half at the waist and totally drained of blood, in a vacant lot. No one...
Elizabeth Short was known as the "Black Dahlia" (shown in a mug shot taken after she was picked up for underage drinking in 1943). She was found dead at age 22 in 1947, sliced in half at the waist and...   (Wikimedia Commons)
Cheryl Crane, 14, the daughter of Lana Turner (pictured), allegedly stabbed Turner's boyfriend to death on April 4, 1958. He was allegedly abusing Turner, and Crane was found guilty of justifiable homicide because she was protecting her mother. But rumors flew that Turner actually killed her boyfriend and let her...
Cheryl Crane, 14, the daughter of Lana Turner (pictured), allegedly stabbed Turner's boyfriend to death on April 4, 1958. He was allegedly abusing Turner, and Crane was found guilty of justifiable homicide...   (AP Photo)
'Superman' George Reeves apparently shot himself on June 16, 1959, in his home, while his fiancee and friends were having a party downstairs. Police said he was depressed over financial problems, but his mother insisted he wouldn't have killed himself and some thought he was murdered because he was involved...
'Superman' George Reeves apparently shot himself on June 16, 1959, in his home, while his fiancee and friends were having a party downstairs. Police said he was depressed over financial problems, but...   (Wikimedia Commons)
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