The members of 'Forever 27' or the '27 club' are the epitome of Fame and Misfortune. These tortured souls were at the peak of celebrity when, in an instant, it all came crashing down. Since the early 1970's the legend of the 27 club have been inundating popular culture and sometimes even idolized as 'only the good die young.' Join us in uncovering the theories behind the 27 club and the dismal lives of it's members.
John Holmes or Johnny Wadd as he was known to his fans, was one of the most accomplished adult film stars of all time. He is credited in at least 537 films between 1967 and 1987. The limelight didn't last however, and soon John fell into a rabbit hole of drugs, debt, and disease. In the early morning hours of June 29th 1981, four members of the Wonderland gang were found murdered in an LA home where John had been staying. Though John's involvement in the crime is still hotly contested, it certainly has us questioning what was in that tea.
1921. Prohibition is in full swing, tasseled gowns and cigar smoke fill vaudevillian clubs. Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is more than a well known face, he's one of the original Hollywood A-Listers. For a young starlet like Virginia Rappe, working with such a big name in the business seemed like a dream come true. Both would soon come to understand that nothing is what it seems when the limelight fades.
Born into privilege, the Prince of Pennsylvania John Du Pont could be described simply as eccentric. Amongst other things, he claimed the titles of rare stamp collector, olympic wrestling coach, and bird/seashell enthusiast. Throughout the course of his life, John's interests and behavior became increasingly odd. He began to attract more attention at the age of 55 when he began to compete worldwide in wrestling competitons. On January 26, 1996, John shot three bullets into Dave Schultz, the coach of his wrestling team. The seemingly unprovoked attack continues to baffle minds to this day.
One of Britain's brightest young Soap Opera stars, Gemma McCluskie, went missing from the flat she shared with her brother in March of 2012. A week later, concerned family and friends gathered in a pub to organize a search party. Not one of the hundred people in attendance could even begin to imagine the horrors that poor Gemma had endured.
Paul Williams, Sam Cooke, and Bobby Fuller. These three musicians were at the top of the charts,but the music industry has long been riddled with misfortune. The tragedy of losing these beautiful souls is overshadowed by the strange circumstances surrounding their deaths. One thing ties them all together, no one can quite decide how they died - the evidence just doesn't add up. Murder? Suicide? Accident? Listen in as Steffanie and Aryn wade through the obscure details of their untimely demise.
In the early morning hours of November 29th 1981 authorities found the body of a woman that had washed up on the shore of Santa Catalina Island, just 30 miles from the coast of Newport Beach, California. The woman was quickly identified as Hollywood A-List star Natalie Wood. She had been boating nearby alongside her husband Robert Wagner, and her latest costar Christopher Walken at the time of her disappearance. Natalie had been drinking heavily that evening, and according to Robert, when he went to bed, she was nowhere to be found. While authorities have long been suspicious of foul play, new witness testimonies have revived the investigation into curious circumstances surrounding the iconic star's demise.
Late comedian Phil Hartman is the subject of unlucky episode seven. Known for his time on Saturday Night Live and his secondary roles in pretty much every film ever made, Phil's life and marriage were seemingly perfect. Of course, things are always very different when the spot lights fade. Join Steffanie and Aryn as they dive beyond the laughter and anecdotes to the seedy private life of one of America's most beloved comics.