Kidnapped son of Frank Sinatra
Super popular American singer and actor Frank Sinatra had a son, also called Frank. Not to mix father and son celebrity decided to call his child Frank Sinatra Junior. The guy was 19 when he was kidnapped. The whole story reminded movies about gangsters. In December 1963, Frank Sinatra and his orchestra were giving a performance in a casino near Lake Tahoe. Frank Sinatra, Jr. lived in a motel, sharing a room with John Foss, the orchestra trumpeter. Suddenly, two men with guns rushed into their room, tied them, placed guys into the trunk and took thim to Los Angeles, 650 kilometers from the place they stayed. John Foss managed to run away and inform the police about kidnapping. Policemen were sure the crime had one goal – to get money from the son of celebrity. They were right. The criminal called Frank Sinatra Senior and asked for a ransom of $240,000. Today this sum would equal approximately $2,000,000. Police advised the singer to pay the money but mark them beforehand. The plan worked well. Soon the criminal was caught. His name was Barry Keenan and the man was a drugs addict. Barry was imprisoned, and Frank Sinatra Jr. lived a long life – he passed away only in 2016.
Stalking Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan, mega popular Canadian singer has been always a very attractive woman. Even today, when she is coming closer to her 50th birthday, she looks absolutely gorgeous and elegant. This celebrity has always had millions of fans, admirers of her rare talent, passion and strength coming from her soul when the woman is singing. Unfortunately, some of her admirers seemed to be insane. Uwe Vandrei, working as a computer programmer started to write to the singer the letters of love – dozens, hundreds, thousands… The life of a woman turned into a 3-years nightmare lasting from 1991 till 1994. The Moreover, Uwe Vandrei even blamed a singer that she used the words written in his love letters in her songs. The jury proved Sarah McLachlan never used any of the line from these crazy letters. The slaking story had a sad final. In autumn of 1994 the man, crazy fan and rejected “lover” committed suicide.
Benedict Cumberbatch ― kidnapped “Sherlock”
The fans of “Sherlock” would never see an episode of the popular serial, if the end of the story with Benedict Cumberbatch kidnapping would be different. It happened in South Africa in 2005. Later the actor confessed he was scared to death when the group of six bandits tied him with ropes and placed into the trunk. The celebrity said they were constantly shouting asking for money and drugs. Benedict asked them if they would kill him. The criminals did not say a word and through the actor out of the car. The man was sure – he would be shut. However, those 6 men had another plans. They simply left celebrity on the road. A local stranger found him and helped the man getting back to his hotel. Police did not find these criminals. As Benedict Cumberbatch says, that incident left a serious imprint on his life values and priorities. He loves life now even more and tries not to risk ever.
Resourcefulness of kidnapped Cindy Birdsong
Anyone who would decide to kidnap a singer of the famous band “The Supremes” had to choose Diane Ross. Firstly, she was unusually gorgeous and beautiful and secondly, she was never replaced with another young singer. However Charles Collier, the man who had a decision to kidnap a singer, was thinking differently. He supposed that Diane was too much famous, and he did not want to have much fuss. Thus, his choice was another chocolate beauty – Cindy Birdsong. In winter of 1969 Collier rushed into her apartment and, threatening a singer with a long knife, pushed her sitting into his vehicle. After that, the kidnapper changed the manner of his behavior and even made several attempts to become a gentleman. He supposed that driving in a car with a girl on the seat and talking to her was very romantic! However, Cindy Birdsong had absolutely different viewpoint. She disliked the methods that her kidnapper used. When she understood the criminal felt relaxed for a second, she tried cut the ropes. Meanwhile, the singer failed doing that. Then the brave young woman pushed out the automobile’s door and jumped out of the kidnapper’s vehicle.
Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen ― punk tragedy
The dramatic terrible love story of the legendary punk rocker Sid Visheza from Sex Pistols and puck-rock fan and dancer Nancy Spangen is the story of the lost generation of 1970s. Even when both were alive, people called them “Romeo and Juliet of punk”. The story’s final was fatal and punk-like bloody. During the American tour of the popular group, Syd and Nancy understood they could not live without each other and …heroine. Loving each other, they were rapidly moving away from reality, until finally they were lost in this life. October 12, 1978 was Sid’s nightmare turned into bloody reality: he found his adorable girlfriend in the puddle of blood and with a knife in her stomach. There was no one else in the room but the singer. Sid Vicious was shocked so much, that he would not even understand that he was blamed in the murder. He was thinking out who was that monster that killed his passionate lover. The lawyer was very experienced, and soon Sid was released on bail of 30 thousand dollars. However, he did not understand how he could live now. In less than 24 hours spent on freedom, Sid was found dead. That was the heroin overdose.
Marvin Gaye ― shut by his father
Marvin Gaye was the icon of American soul. The singer with velvet voice had a father who decided to serve God only. His dad was a religious fanatic, the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist sect. Neither Marvin Gaye’s father, nor his mother liked the son’s profession. They supposed – it was a great sin to be a soul singer. The guy started to think about commitment a suicide. In 1970, Marvin had a long depression, which brought him to cocaine addiction. Searching for support in this life, the celebrity decided to return to his parents' home and feel the support he needed so very much. In 1980s he was already 45, but his mind was exhausted. The man could not even suppose that the character of his father could change so much. He started drinking alcohol, continuing blaming everybody in sins. Finally the tragedy happened. Being drunk, his father shut the singer. Some people supposed, the jealous old man suspected his wife had an affair with her own son. The others are sure – religious fanatic man hated his son’s cocaine addiction. Whatever the reason of the crime was, the killed did not go to jail. The jury called the tragedy manslaughter.
David Letterman and his insane fan
David Letterman, popular American comic, always had an army of his talent’s fans. Meanwhile, one of these admirers was a really insane woman. Her name was Margaret Mary Ray. The mature woman started to stalk David, telling the comic she loved him very much. Obsessed woman would bombard the actor and showman with love letters. She called him every day and finally came into his house, swearing she could not live without a man. In 1988 the woman even stole the comic’s automobile. When police caught the crime, the female did not reject she was guilty. She explained to police she was simply in love with David Letterman. Unfortunately, the “love” story had a tragic final. David’s fan supposed that her life had so sense anymore without her object of passion, without sending him letters and seeing him. She committed suicide the same year rushing under the train.
Tupac Shakur death ― hip-hop icon murder
Tupac Shakur was definitely a workaholic in the world of rap and hip-hop music. In 1990s he was called one of the greatest singers of the world. His life that lasted only 25 years was simply overfilled with the events. Born in a very poor family in Harlem, New York, Tupac earned millions of dollars only with his talent and creative activity. Once the band of criminals tried to shoot him and to steal a thick gold chain. Four 4 bullets were stuck in Tupac Shakur’s body and the final one got into his head. However, notorious singer escaped from hospital and rushed to work at new songs. The other attempt to kill the rapper finished with his death in 1996. The musician was shut, but he died in hospital later. Still the murderer is not found and fans of Tupac argue who was that criminal. Many people suppose that that was Orlando Anderson, his opponent and enemy. Before the tragedy Tupac’s people had a fight with Anderson, thus the crime could be revenge. The others say it was Notorious B.I.G., killed later as well. The most insane version of the singer’s death supposes that was a staged murder, and Tupac could be alive.
Who killed Notorious B.I.G.?
Soon after Tupac Shakur’s death, his opponent and another super-popular rapper Notorious B.I.G. was shut as well. Those who know the story of these two black musicians, give a hint to police. They suppose it was one person who ordered both cruel murders. The “handwriting” of the impudent criminal in both cases is almost the same. Notorious B.I.G. was also shut in his car. FBI closed the investigation of the murder in 1997. They said they missed enough evidence to go further. FBI was stymied by the assassination of Tupac Shakur (2pac), who was shot dead in 1996 on the main street of Las Vegas after Michael Tyson's boxing match and the murder of Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie), who was shot after the Vibe Awards ceremony. Many people and guests of could see the killer but all seemed to be blind. News coming down from the first pages of “Newsweek” gives the hypothesis that both murders were part of the FBI's plan to target the hip-hop and rap industry purposely.
Bob Crane’s killer is not found yet
Bob Crane was an actor, famous for comedy TV show “Heroes of Hogan”. The man was happy in marriage, but over time, when he started to lose his popularity, the happy family broke up. Bob began to drink, use drugs and mix much with his new friend - John Carpenter. John had his own firm, which officially dealt with electronics, but soon the buddies decided to try themselves in porn production. Bob Crane tried himself as an actor, and Carpenter was the operator. However, this “friendship” could not last long. On June 29, 1978, Crane was murdered. Although nobody found the weapon, a lot of evidence indicated that it was Carpenter’s fault. However, no one could prove that his ex-friend was a criminal. It was very odd, as Carpenter did not even ask why the police suddenly appeared in his friend's house. Moreover, many traces of blood of the same group which Crane had were found there. The DNA analysis became possible only in 1992, thus the police could not find enough evidence of his guilty. Although Crane and Carpenter relationship were very strange, it was not possible to prove the suspect's guilt exactly. In 1998, the operator died, and the case remained undisclosed.
Rebecca Schaeffer ― shut for her roles
Rebecca Schaeffer, the soap operas’ star, was only 21 when Robert John Bardo, pretending to be a fan of celebrity killed her in her own house. The horrible story was the “trigger” to take some anti-stalker laws in the USA. Three years before the tragedy Bardo began to stalker the actress after the tragic death of his another favorite Samantha Smith. He wrote Rebecca letters, tried several times to meet the young lady. Once he even came to Rebecca with a knife, but the guards did not let him to the actress. After that, Bardo returned to Arizona and forgot about the woman, admiring that time Debbie Gibson, Madonna and Tiffany. In 1989, after watching the movie where the actress appeared in the bed scene, Bardo was enraged. He decided that he would stop her slutty behavior. He came to the actress, and they even talked for a short time. Soon furious man returned to Sheffer's apartment, shut the actress and escaped. Rebecca's neighbor called an emergency, but they did not save the woman’s life. In a day the man was arrested to spend all his life in prison.
Dimebag Darrell ― shut in a nightclub
Dimebag Darrell, charismatic guitarist of “Pantera” and “Damageplan” heavy-metal groups was shut in a nightclub in 2004. It was December, 8 – the same date when John Lennon was killed. Young drunk Nathan Gale, having problems with mental health came to the club where Dimebag Darrell gave his concert and blamed the musician in…stealing his poetry and using it in his songs! Then he started to shout blaming him in the other crazy things including the collapse of “Pantera” group. Nathan Gale had problems with the law before, when he broke the instruments of “Damageplan”. That time the group decided not to punish crazy fan. It was a fatal decision as the bullets of Gale killed four more people and Dimebag Darrell and injured several guys more including Dimebag’s brother. Police managed to shoot the killer, but it was too late to save people’s lives.
Phil Hartman ― killed by his wife
Phil Hartman was a beloved by everybody in the USA comedian actor and the creator of popular “The Pee-Wee Herman Show” and "The Tonight Show". He was working simultaneously at several projects on TV and in cinema and voiced cartoons. Everything seemed to be great in his life. He was famous, prosperous; he had a loving wife and pretty children. Meanwhile, that time no one would even guess that the actor’s spouse was a drug and alcohol addict. Due to these addictions the woman started to suffer from various unstable mental states. Before the night of the tragedy, the woman (her name was Brynn Hartman) and the celebrity argued much about their family life. No one would suppose that the beloved wife could kill her husband. However, that drunken woman shut Phil Hartman in their own bed when he was sleeping. It happened in 1998. After the murder she called her friends and told them horrible news. When police came to her, she committed suicide.
Mysterious murder of Dorothy Stratten
The life of Canadian and American fashion model, Playboy star and actress Dorothy Stratten lasted only twenty years. The girl coming from a very poor family attracted the attention of Paul Snyder, one of the bosses of the famous men's magazine, who offered her an honorable place in Playboy. Soon she charmed Paul and they married. Beautiful young lady even started her Hollywood career and played in several movies. She worked even with Audrey Hepburn herself. In the USA Dorothy met Peter Bogdanovich – the films’ director, scriptwriter and actor, and the girl filed for divorce with Paul Snyder, who constantly showed his wife his jealousy suspecting her in cheating. In August, 1980 Dorothy and Paul's bodies were found in the hotel room – both were shot from a gun that was clasped in Snyder's hand. According to some reports, Stratten was raped. The investigation concluded: a jealous husband killed Dorothy, and then committed suicide. However, those who knew Dorothy and Paul well still do not believe that everything was so simple - Snyder loved his wife too much to do it.
Sharon Tate ― killed pregnant rising star
Sharon Tate was an actress and a wife of Roman Polanski, famous Polish film director. Her murder was the bloodiest crime in the USA. The criminal was Charles Manson. This horrible maniac and his “family” rushed in the house of Tate and started their bloody massacre. When police found the bodies of victims, they even refused to report about details of the crime – so awful they were. This crime was not connected with the drugs but helped police to catch the gang, known as the "Manson family". Manson was the son of a prostitute, thinking he was Jesus and Satan at the same time. He composed songs, dreaming to become a star. He used much mysticism, drugs, had leadership qualities, so the gang members thought he was a prophet. They picked the house of Roman Polanski as they knew the owner was out of the country. Sharon had a party with her friends. They killed all of them and cut out the unborn child from Sharon’s belly. Susan Atkins, the gang’s member was not suspected in that crime. However, she was imprisoned for some robberies. In prison she bragged with the murder. Manson and his “family” were caught. Manson is already over 70, he has his own website and thousands of fans around the world - there are plenty of idiots in our world.