Top 10 Bizarre Hollywood Deaths
#10 - Bob Crane [1928-78] "Hogan's Heroes" Star
Bob Crane [1928-78]

Sex addict who videotaped his conquests "savagely beaten to death" in his apartment. Although Crane's friend, John Carpenter, has always been considered a prime suspect in the murder, he was charged and then acquitted of the crime in the mid-90s. (Source: Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die?)

#09 - Elvis Presley [1935-77] "The King"
Elvis Presley [1935-77]

Star of 33 mediocre films died at home on the toilet while reading The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus.

#08 - Bobby Driscoll [1937-68] Child Star of the '40s
Bobby Driscoll [1937-68] Child Star of the '40s Image

Actor who played Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (1950), later became a drug addict and vagrant. According to The Film Encyclopedia, he moved to New York City in 1965, "where three years later his body was found in the rubble of an abandoned tenement, the victim of a heart attack. He was buried in a pauper's grave. It was not until 1969, a full year after the burial, that, through fingerprints, the body was identified as that of Driscoll."

#07 - Dorothy Stratten [1960-80] Playboy Playmate, Aspiring Actress
Dorothy Stratten [1960-80] Playboy Playmate, Aspiring Actress Image

Star of Galaxina tortured and murdered by her psychotic husband, Paul Snider, at the age of 20. Snider shot himself - "but only after having sex with Dorothy's corpse." (Source: "Unsolved Hollywood Mysteries," The New National Enquirer)

#06 - Phil Hartman [1948-98] "Marlax" in the Coneheads
 Phil Hartman [1948-98]

"Saturday Night Live" star murdered by wife while he slept. His wife later returned to the murder scene and committed suicide by blowing her brains out.

#05 - Carl Switzer [1926-59] "Alfalfa"
Carl Switzer [1926-59]

Shot to death by a hunting buddy during a drunken brawl over a $50 debt at the age of 33. Believe it or not, police ruled the slaying a "justifiable homicide."

#04 - Vic Morrow [1932-82] "Coach Roy Turner," The Bad News Bears
Vic Morrow [1932-82]

Decapitated by a helicopter during a stunt scene on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie.

#03 - Peg Entwistle [1908-32] Aspiring Silent Film Actress
Peg Entwistle [1908-32] Aspiring Silent Film Actress Image

Dove off the 50-foot letter "H" of the HOLLYWOOD sign. In her suicide note, Entwistle wrote: "I'm afraid I'm a coward. I'm sorry for everything."

#02 - Elizabeth Short [1924-47] "Black Dahlia"
Elizabeth Short [1924-47]

Arguably the most disturbing (and still unsolved) murder in Hollywood history! Aspiring film actress was found in a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles, her body "savagely mutilated" and "hacked in half at the waist." No one has ever been arrested in connection with the murder, which inspired the movie True Confessions.

#01 - Albert Dekker [1904-68] "Dr. Cyclops"
Albert Dekker [1904-68]

The most bizarre one of all! Found in the bathroom of his apartment "hanging by his neck at the end of a rope that was tied to a shower curtain rod. The rope, knotted tightly around his neck, was also wrapped around both of his legs and around one of his arms. His hands were bound with a pair of handcuffs, and two hyperdermic needles were stuck in his body." The coroner recorded his death as an "accident." (Source: This is Hollywood)

User Comments - Add a Comment
Sorcerer Mickey - 2008-02-22 22:10:00
RE: #3 Peg Entwhistle: Technically, in 1932 it would have been the HOLLYWOODLAND sign, with the last four letters of the real estate development still standing.
Anonymous - 2008-03-13 13:41:08
#1 really isn't that uncommon. Ask any veteran policeman. Nowadays, the medical examiner's report would probably read "auto-erotic asphyxiation." It probably WAS an accident. Asphyxiating oneself can heighten orgasm.
Ben - 2008-05-30 23:41:03
Shot to death by a hunting buddy during a drunken brawl over a $50 debt at the age of 33. Believe it or not, police ruled the slaying a "justifiable homicide." thats amazing, i can just imagine something like that. haha fucking genious.
Holly Wood - 2008-06-21 19:15:30
Anonymous, Ask any veteran police officer how many of those asphyxiation's were done with the hands handcuffed behind their back. Kinda tough to do by yourself, no?
faded glory - 2008-09-06 20:17:48

anonymous, wow. think about that one in ur head and tell me how that is even possible.

Anonymous - 2008-11-01 04:03:17

How about Alan J Pakula. He directed many films with conspiracy themes like All The President's Men and The Parallax view. Pakula died in 1998 in a bizarre car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, New York at the age of 70. A driver in front of him struck a metal pipe, which went through Pakula's windshield, striking him in the head and causing him to swerve off the road and into a fence. He was killed instantly.

intersted - 2009-06-15 08:54:24

how the hell can u put handcuffs on then hang yourself i think that someone needs to re think this case cos im not sure how many people can do that? i would say none someone has obviously got away with murder here

MariaaaDunforddd :D - 2010-05-05 18:41:00

Yeah might wanna take another look at number one here. I mean Im not a cop but even I can figure out unless your some kind of boy wonder you cant hang yourself while your hand cuffed. And you cant tie one of your arms up and then hand cuff your self either. Someone got lucky there, cos they got handed a free murder pass

JimBobb - 2010-05-16 17:18:39

Okay. I happened on this site purely by happenstance. Regarding the rather undeniably "odd" details of No. 1...methinks it possible to pull this one off (excuse me) "single-handedly". Consider: You tie the rope around your neck ever-so-neatly; then, wrap it "however" around both your legs and fasten it to an arm. You attach the handcuffs to one wrist--on the opposite of the hand that you are in the habit of using. You shoot up with whatever was in the hypodermic needles. You put your wrist behind you and use your other hand to attach the free cuff to the free wrist, and snap the cuffs close. engage in whatever "twisted-sister" act you premeditated until you have you unplanned "oopsy" moment and inadvertently hang yourself.

Tim Theall - 2010-07-03 19:15:20

Ben, "genius" is not spelled "genious", genius.

kitty kool kat - 2010-09-05 18:24:51

wow i cant believe that #5 would count as a justified homicide. oh, my goodness. That police man was an IDIOT!!!!!

Jooonnn - 2010-09-29 13:03:02

#5 wasn't just deemed a justifiable death. Two men got into a brawl over 50 dollars and Switzer pulled a knife out on the other man and then the other man pulled his gun out and shot the Switzer. It was decided to be self-defense because Switzer pulled a weapon out first

anonymous - 2010-11-20 15:57:12

omg this is so crazy.

hollywood souls - 2010-12-22 19:19:33

Poor actor Albert Dekker of course he did not kill himself. Because he never married and had no family no one bother to investigate his real murderer. No wonder now that he is famous as a hollowood ghost.

Ghost - 2011-03-16 17:30:20

Fuck um, there all dead what difference does it make? It's not how or why, it just is what is gone is gone. See ya on the other side.... of what?

Hollywood Watcher - 2011-03-16 18:04:17

How about actress Carol Wayne who was found suspiciously drowned in very shallow water having just had a fight with a the same man who she was staying with in a mexican resort hotel who checked out thus abandoning her. his guy was also the boyfriend of Art Linkletter's daughter who either jumped or was thrown out a hi-rise apt bldg. Two women dying under suspicious circumstance and this guy was the common thread in both these women's deaths. Hmmm....

beany8 - 2011-03-16 18:55:40

pardon my ignorance, but Bob Cranes' murder suspect was John Carpenter... Like as in THE John Carpenter?

Savoy 3 - 2011-03-16 19:53:59

#1's demise sounds very much like an autoerotic accident. Not too hard to wrap a rope around the manner described and then handcuff yourself. But then again, who said the hands were cuffed behind the back. The usual way is for these types to wrap a cord around the ankles and the neck, then lay on the stomach. As the legs are straightened, it puts greater tension on the throat. Have seen several accidental deaths like this.

details details - 2011-03-16 20:12:54

#1 Does it say anywhere that his hands were cuffed 'behind his back".. maybe they were cuffed in front..

bbmcrae - 2011-03-17 16:01:20

Does Phil Hartman have to be ID'd as a cast member of CONEHEADS" Seriously? His incredible fame and body of work from SNL and Newsradio is outweighed by a tepid box-office flop?

dmeehan - 2011-04-04 12:12:55
you can watch Vic Morrows decapitation on youtube.
whatabout - 2012-07-08 03:37:20

Need to add Natalie Wood (drowned under questionable circumstances)and David Carradine (apparently accidental asphyxiation)...

bob - 2012-10-18 05:21:24

Elvis is alive and well and living in simi valley

JimBob - 2013-01-31 14:48:59

Elvis DOES NOT live in Simi Valley, CA...he lives in The Villages, FL. He never leaves his house, rarely leaves his bedroom since he has both a bathroom and kitchenette inside his master suite. His nurses (who were handpicked filipino poor middle aged women who never married) didn't even know of Elvis or who he was. They were offered huge wages to keep their mouths shut, and were sworn to secrecy, signed non-disclosure and deportation/termination agreements. The truth will be told when he finally dies, which shouldn't be too much longer since his stroke in 2010. He currently suffers from acute myocardia and sub-glandular hypoglycemia, as well as hip displasia from a fall after his stroke. His left hip was replaced (think what that could've gone for on ebay!) in the Fall of 2010. Doctors were unaware who their patient was due to heavy cosmetic changes and aging...he pretty much looks like any other aged old man. The magic is gone, the hair has a bald spot on top/back. He used to have his nurses color it, but not after the stroke. He used to do his nurses (he likes asians), but not much after the stroke. He pays them through a shell corporation with funds in a Cayman bank, and never uses his real name. I can't divulge what his alias is, but I can tell you the reason I know this all is that my brother married one of his nurses sisters. Most of the nurses are all from the same towns in the Philippines, north of Manila in the mountains. They don't know or care who Elvis is/was, and jump at the chance to flee their poverty and live in America. When he dies, my brother already has the girls signed onto a book deal.

anonymous - 2013-02-17 15:31:10

Regarding Albert Dekker-it was also pointed out in the book Morbid Curiosity-that Mr. Dekker also had obscenties written on his right buttocks with lipstick. His stomach had an image of a vagina and his nipples were decorated as sun rays. Also, it was mentioned that missing was 70-thousand dollars in cash and movie equipment. My conclusion is that someone knew about the money, jammed him with hypodermics and staged the murder scene to make it appear as if he was "offing" himself-pardon the pun.

Anonymous - 2013-12-11 12:43:41

always made me laugh ! miss you !

Rain - 2014-01-27 05:00:21

Someone needs to fact check on Bobby Driscoll a little, unless he left home at 15 and died at 18.

Jigzy - 2014-08-20 05:50:49

OMG, not one person has mentioned the freak who murdered his gorgeous wife then popped himself.. Creepy bastard.. OH and another thing "I know everything about a Elvis & my brother will write a book when he dies" WHY DONT CRACKPOTS LIKE YOU JUST CUT YOUR FINGERS OFF..,, TOTAL BULLSHIT