Hollywood is known as the place where your wildest dreams can come true. Where anything is possible if you just believe, work hard enough and have just enough luck. But most people don't know about the darker corners of Hollywood, the places that people don't like to talk about at parties. The places that are shrouded in dark mystery and unsolved cases.
There have been many moments throughout Hollywood's history that remain unsolved and unexplained to this very day. Some are more well known, some might shock and disturb you and some might simply intrigue you. Let's start with:
1. Who or what killed Virginia Rappe?
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was at the top of his career back in the time of silent films but his name was forever tarnished when he was accused of killing actress Virginia Rappe back in 1921. Arbuckle was accused of rupturing Rappe's bladder during a violent sexual attack which played a part in her death. It took a total of three trials to show that there was absolutely no evidence to prove Arbuckle killed Rappe. Unfortunately, this did not help Arbuckle get his success back and he eventually died in 1933 at the age of 46.
The mystery still remains about who or what actually killed Virginia Rappe and it looks like it will remain unsolved. Leaving it as one of Hollywood's most famous unsolved mysteries.
2. Cutting it a little short
This is easily the most gruesome unsolved mystery on this list. On January 15th of 1947, a 22 year old woman named Elizabeth Short was found in the Los Angeles Leimert Park cut completely in half at the waist, drained of blood and had deep gashes on her face from her mouth to ears. She was coined the creepy nickname "The Black Daliah" and the story quickly made headlines across Hollywood.
The gruesome assailant was never caught and there was never any answer as to why Elizabeth Short was murdered. Some have speculated that Short may have been a prostitute but there has never been any hard evidence to support the theory. Despite all the media attention the case got, it still remained unsolved.
3. Suicide or Cover up?
Most moviegoers are aware of famous actress and beauty, Marilyn Monroe who starred in such classics as Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch and How to Marry a Millionaire. However, at the height of her popularity, she was found dead on August 5th in 1962 at her home with an empty bottle in one hand and sleeping pills in the other. Police ruled it out as an accidental overdose or suicide because she had recently admitted herself into a psychiatric facility while dealing with depression.
However, many of her friends strongly believe that Marilyn Monroe was murdered because things from her Brentwood home started to disappear like Marilyn's diary and a note that could have involved the White House. It seemed like someone was trying to cover up something bigger going on. Many theorists have suggested that the Mafia or Government had Monroe assassinated to keep her alleged affair with John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert, quiet.
There was even more fuel added to fire when it was revealed that the FBI's case file on Marilyn had disappeared mysteriously. 54 years later and Marilyn Monroe's death is still stuck in the shadows and remains as one of Hollywood biggest mysteries to date.
4. Missing or Hiding Out?
Grease star Olivia Newton John had a longtime on again - off again relationship with a lighting technician named Patrick McDermott. Olivia and McDermott were constantly having problems in their relationship. McDermott reportedly went for a fishing trip off the coast of California one day and was never seen again. The coast guards concluded that McDermott was most likely lost at sea.
However, Dateline NBC hired a private investigator who reportedly found sightings of McDermott down in Mexico but it couldn't be confirmed. In 2009, the P.I reportedly spoke with a team of lawyers who represented McDermott who offered proof of life. The question still remains whether or not McDermott is really still around and if he is, why he fled to Mexico. Some believe he fled the country because of mass child support debts from a previous marriage and he had to declare bankruptcy because of it. I guess it's all merely speculation now.
5. Woman over board!
Probably the most well-known unsolved Hollywood mystery on this list. Natalie Wood was one of Hollywood's most famous actresses at one time. She had great success in movies like Miracle on 34th Street, West Side Story and Rebel without a Cause.
One night, she went on a boating trip with her husband Robert Wagner and their friend and fellow actor Christopher Walken. During the boat trip, Wagner and Walken got into a heated argument and Natalie decided to let the boys be boys and head to bed early.
After the argument, Wagner went to check on his wife to see that she wasn't in bed. Both Wagner and Walken reportedly have no idea what could have happened to her but their questions were soon met with the worst kind of answer. Hours into the next day, Natalie Wood's body was found washed up on shore. Police immediately ruled the death as accidental drowning but there was some evidence to debunk that ruling.
Natalie Wood was well known for having a deep fear of water, making it very implausible that she would be anywhere near the edge of the boat to fall off of. There were also strange bruises found on her body that may have been present when she "fell" into the water. The case was reopened in 2011 when the boat captain Dennis Davern told NBC that he had witnessed Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner fighting on the night she died.
Dennis Davern suggests that the fight was because of Natalie's close relationship with Christopher Walken and Robert became enraged with jealousy. It's a whole lot of he said, she said but the truth of this mystery remains inclusive.
6. Mother or Daughter?
Lana Turner was considered a screen legend back in the 50s and 60s but she was also famously in a very stormy relationship with a man named Johnny Stompanato. Johnny would reportedly lose his temper easily and berate Lana and even abuse her at times. However, on April 4th of 1958, Lana's daughter, Cheryl Crane, reportedly stabbed Stompanato to death at the tender age of 14.
Crane immediately confessed to the crime saying that she was only trying to protect her mother during a violent argument with Stompanato. After the stabbing, the two immediately called the police and Lana Turner was found giving Stompanato mouth to mouth when the doctor arrived. During the trial, it was believed that Johnny Stompanato was an alleged gangster who regularly abused and berated the actress. The jury found Cheryl Crane guilty of justifiable murder as she was simply defending her mother.
However, Crane's fingerprints were never found on the murder weapon so there was some speculation that Lana killed Johnny herself because of the constant abuse or because she simply wanted out of the relationship. Cheryl could take the blame easily as the penalty would be lighter for a minor. To this day though, Cheryl Crane insists that she was the one who stabbed and killed Johnny Stompanato. I guess we'll just have to take her word for it.
7. Tupac v B.I.G
Biggie Smalls, also known as Notorious B.I.G, was one of the biggest hip hop artists of the 90s. Unfortunately, his fame and success was short lived when he was killed in a drive-by shooting at the young age of 24. According to witnesses, Biggie’s unknown assailant was an African American male dressed in a blue suit and driving a Chevrolet Impala SS. The mysterious man allegedly drew a pistol and fired four bullets, instantly killing Smalls. The man was never seen again.
Some believed that Biggie's death was related to fellow rapper and bitter rival, Tupac Shakur. Six months before Biggie's death, Tupac and record label executive Suge Knight were the victims of a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Some believe that Biggie had arranged Tupac to be shot due to their bitter rivalry and Biggie's death was simply a revenge killing.
Biggie's mother had a separate theory that the police were responsible for the death of her son and brought a lawsuit to the LAPD back in 2002. The lawsuit was almost immediately dismissed and the police have still made no arrests. Even though Biggie and Tupac's rivalry was definitely real, there has been no real evidence to link the two murders. However, the case still remains open today.