Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ON TV: Summary of E!'s "20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders" (2006)

Just itemized the murders covered in the E! Entertainment Television documentary titled 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders (21 October 2006, 120 minutes), and linked each to its respective Wikipedia article.  You can watch the film here, on YouTube.

20. “The Murder of Phil Hartman” (his wife Brynn shot him on May 28, 1998, and shortly afterward shot herself to death)

19. “The Case of Christian Brando” (he shot Dag Drollet on May 16, 1990)

18.”The Murder of DorothyStratten” (her estranged husband/manager Paul Snider shot her on August 14, 1980)

17. “The Menendez Murders” (Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez were shot by their sons Lyle and Erik on August 20, 1989)

16.”The Murder of Dominique Dunne” (her estranged boyfriend, John Sweeney, choked her into a coma October 30, 1982; she died November 4, 1982)

15.”The Amityville Murders” (Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr. murdered his entire family November 13, 1974)

14.”The Murder of Marvin Gaye” (his father shot him to death April 1, 1984)

13.”The Murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley” (the wife of Robert Blake, who was tried and acquitted of her shooting murder of May 4, 2001; unsolved crime)

12. ”The Murder of Biggie Smalls” (shot to death March 9, 1997; unsolved crime)

11. ”The Murder of Gianni Versace” (shot to death July 15, 1997 by spree killer Andrew Cunanan)

10. ”Bob Crane” (bludgeoned to death and an electrical cord was tied around the corpse’s neck on June 29, 1978; unsolved)

9. ”The Murder of Rebecca Schaeffer” (shot to death July 18, 1989 by stalker Robert John Bardo)

8. ”The Death of Lana Clarkson” (shot to death February 3, 2003 by Phil Spector)

7. “The Wonderland Murders” (July 1, 1981, Billy DeVerell, Ron Launius, Joy Miller, and Barbara Richardson were bludgeoned to death by henchmen sent by Eddie Nash, who were let in by John Holmes; Launius' wife, Susan Launius, survived the attack but sustained debilitating injuries)

6. ”The Murder of Selena” (shot by Yolanda Saldívar  March 31, 1995)

5. ”The Black Dahlia” (her body was found mutilated, drained of blood, and cut in half at the waist, January 15, 1947; unsolved)

4. ”Tupac Shakur” (shot by unknown assailants September 13, 1996)

3. ”The Murder of Former Beatle John Lennon” (Mark David Chapman shot him December 8, 1980)

2. ”The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman” (both were knifed multiple times and struck on the back of the head June 12, 1994; Brown Simpson’s ex-husband, OJ Simpson -  the prime suspect -  was found not guilty in a criminal trial but in a civil trial was ordered to pay the victims’ families $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages)

1. ”The Manson Murders” (the documentary addresses only the Tate murders on August 8, 1969 and the LaBianca murders on August 9, 1969, despite other documented crimes committed by Manson Family members)