Hollywood’s Seven Scariest Stories (Part 1)

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Hollywood has been dreaming for decades. However, this does not prevent the City of Angels from having its dark sides and gritty stories. In this article, we’ll look at seven of them. Indecisive murders, dark family histories, sex slave trade, cannibalism: let’s take a trip to the city of fallen angels.

1 / Christopher Nolan’s brother accused of murder

Christopher Nolan is a true Hollywood star and well-respected filmmaker. The director of The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar trilogy is known for having worked with little brother Jonathan Nolan on multiple occasions since appearing on the small screen side of the series Person of Interest and Westworld brother, the public less popular. While Christopher Nolan is promoting Interstellar in 2014, the past of his older brother Matthew Nolan is revealed in the Daily News: He is accused by Costa Rica of kidnapping, torturing and killing 63-year-old American financier, Robert Cohen, with an accomplice. The Daily News explains that Matthew Nolan posed as a multimillionaire jeweler in order to approach and catch Robert Cohen, his victim. When his accomplice Douglas Meija was jailed for murder, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s brother managed to escape Costa Rica, taking advantage of the fact that the United States refused to extradite him.

2 / Armie Hammer, accused of cannibalism

Armie Hammer, revealed by the great David Fincher on The Social Network, is likely to see the end of his career. In fact, the American actor has been the focus of several legal cases since early 2021 after it was revealed that compromising text messages that Hammer sent to young women had been compromised. Since then, testimonials from women he has visited and human remains found near a place the actor visited have been a major concern for police. Since then, Armie Hammer has also been charged with rape. A very dark story, no doubt!

3 / Sex slave trade in Smallville

2017 will have had a bitter taste for fans of the Smallville series. In fact, actress Allison Mack, who played the role of Chloe Sullivan, was accused in 2017 of recruiting women destined to become sex slaves for Keith Raniere, the guru of the NXIVM sect of which she was number 2. Dominus Obsequious called Sororium, these sex slaves were branded with a hot iron. Arrested in April 2018, Allison Mack denied the facts on which she was charged before pleading guilty of extortion and criminal conspiracy. She faces forty years in prison. Keith Raniere has meanwhile been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

4 / The shocking murder of Sharon Tate

This is one of the darkest and scariest stories in Hollywood. On the night of August 8 to 9, 1969, actress Sharon Tate, who was then married to Roman Polanski and with whom she is expecting a child, died together with her guests by the Manson family. Cruel and bloody murders that rocked America. In 2019, on the fiftieth anniversary of this tragedy, director Quentin Tarantino released one of his greatest films, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which had a happier outcome. Proof that cinema is always more beautiful than reality.

5 / Dark family history for Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, one of the greatest actors of all time, had a family life as eventful as that of Vito Corleone, whom he played in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather. On May 16, 1990, his son Christian Brando kills the 27-year-old Dag Drollet, the companion of his 20-year-old and pregnant half-sister Cheyenne. Indeed, Christian suspects Dag’s domestic violence against Cheyenne. A legal war broke out between Marlon Brando and Dag Drollet’s father. Christian will be released on bail for the first time (Marlon Brando will be forced to mortgage his house). In 1991 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 1996 for good behavior. His half-sister Cheyenne will have an even worse fate. The young woman is accused of being complicit in the murder of her companion and of not having helped anyone in danger. She sinks into depression and will stay in a mental hospital several times. After two failed suicide attempts, she hanged herself during her last stay in the mental hospital in 1995 at the age of 25, leaving behind an orphaned 5-year-old son. A dark matter!

6 / The black dahlia

Despite its poetic name, this matter is among the scariest and most mysterious in Hollywood. On January 15, 1947, the body of Elizabeth Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress, was found in a Los Angeles wasteland, cut in half and stripped of blood. The black dahlia murder is still unsolved and continues to fascinate. Who Killed Elizabeth Ann Short? His companion? Or that doctor, George Hill Hodel, who is suspected of being a serial killer? Legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma will be making a film, Le Dalhia Noir, which was released in 2006 from this affair.

7 / The Hollywood Ripper finally found

The story of Black Dalhia proved it: Hollywood can be a ruthless place. Another, more recent affair has particularly shocked public opinion: that of the man nicknamed “The Hollywood Ripper.” Michael Gargiulo is a serial killer who is rampant in Hollywood. Coldly he planned his murders and only attacked women whom he killed with knives. Ahston Kutcher, best known for his role on That ’70s Show, was indirectly linked to Michael Gargiulo when the latter killed a 22-year-old stylist who died the night she was supposed to meet the American actor. He went to his apartment, knocked on the door, but got no answer. During his trial, Ashton Kutcher said he looked out the window and saw a large red stain on the floor that he thought was a wine stain. It was, in fact, the victim’s blood. Michael Gargiulo faces the death penalty.

If you enjoyed this article, a second part will follow shortly. Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments about the gritty Hollywood affairs that shaped you.