DEATHIVERSARY: Rebecca Schaeffer

π™Ύπš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πš—πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 π™Ήπšžπš•πš’ 𝟷𝟾, 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟿, 𝟸𝟷-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›-πš˜πš•πš πšŠπšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ, πšπšŽπš‹πšŽπšŒπšŒπšŠ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›, πš’πšœ πš–πšžπš›πšπšŽπš›πšŽπš πš‹πš’ πšπšŠπš— πšπšžπš›πš—πšŽπš πšœπšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš›, π™Ήπš˜πš‘πš— π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› 𝚊𝚝 πš™πš˜πš’πš—πš-πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πš” πš›πšŠπš—πšπšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœπš πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœπšπšŽπš™ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πšŒπš˜πš– πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš πš˜πš›πš”, 𝚜𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› πš‘πšŠπš 𝚝𝚘 πšŽπš‘πš’πš πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πšŠπš—πš πšπšŽπšœπšŒπšŽπš—πš 𝚊 πšπš•πš’πšπš‘πš 𝚘𝚏 πšœπšπšŠπš’πš›πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšπš•πšŠπšœπšœ πšπš›πš˜πš—πš πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœ. πš‚πš‘πšŽ'𝚜 πš’πš— 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπš‘πš›πš˜πš‹πšŽ, πšπšŽπšπšπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽπšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ π™΅πš›πšŠπš—πšŒπš’πšœ π™΅πš˜πš›πš π™²πš˜πš™πš™πš˜πš•πšŠ 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπšžπšπš’πšπš’πš˜πš— πšπš˜πš› "πšƒπš‘πšŽ π™Άπš˜πšπšπšŠπšπš‘πšŽπš› 𝟹." πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšπšŽπš•πš’ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ. π™·πšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πš—πšŽπšŠπš›πš‹πš’ πšπš’πš—πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚜 πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› 𝚊 πšœπš•πš’πšŒπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŽπšœπšŽπšŒπšŠπš”πšŽ. π™·πšŽ πš›πšŽπšπšžπš›πš—πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›'𝚜 πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš πšŠπš— πš‘πš˜πšžπš› πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπš—πšœπš πšŽπš›πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›, πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ πš‘πš’πš– 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš•πš˜πš—πšŽ. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πš›πšŽπšœπš™πš˜πš—πšπšœ πš‹πš’ πšœπšŠπš’πš’πš—πš, "𝙸 πšπš˜πš›πšπš˜πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πš’πšœ." π™·πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšœ 𝚊 πšπšžπš— 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ πš‹πšŠπš πšŠπš—πš πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‘πšŽπš›. π™΅πš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšžπš•πš• πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’, πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŒπš” 𝚘𝚞𝚝 π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš: πš‚πšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš (π™ΈπšœπšœπšžπšŽ #𝟽).

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Girl Power! Cha, cha, cha...

Bringing some girl power with me to tomorrow's Print Fair and Festival at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. We'll be premiering two new issues "Dorothy Dandridge Lives Here" and an English AND Spanish version of "Dead In Hollywood: Lupe Velez" - her death is the stuff of urban legends thanks to Kenneth Anger's tell-all tome "Hollywood Babylon." This art fair will also be the first time where you'll be able to pick up a copy of "Dead in Hollywood: Natalie Wood" - I spent last summer visiting Catalina Island photographing her last days. There are a lot of new photos in that one! (MOLAA - 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802). Hope to see everyone tomorrow! Now it's time for bed... zzzzzz

Poltergeist Turns 36!

Poltergeist was released 36 years ago today. Five months after its release Dominique Dunne, the teenage daughter in the film, is strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend. A few years later, Heather O’Rourke who plays the iconic role of Carol Anne dies at the age of 12 from β€œcardiac arrest caused by septic shock.” Some believe the movie to be cursed. ☠️ All that I know is the movie scared the shit out of me as a kid and it still does! On a side note, I always thought it was so great that the parents smoked pot and weren’t druggies or losers. They were just your normal parents. Check out Dead in Hollywood: Stalked (Issue #7) for the tragic story of Dominique Dunne (click on "Store" above).

Stalked! Dominique Dunne (November 23, 1959 / November 4, 1982)

I walk home from work past the street where Dominique Dunne lived - Rangely Ave. in West Hollywood. Dunne was strangled to death in the driveway of this home by her ex-boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney who served less than 4 years for her murder. I think about Dunne every time I pass by and since I started working on the next issue of Dead in Hollywood it has become a particularly poignant part of my walk. β€œStalked" follows the lives of Dunne, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and cheerleader/model Linda Sobek. All three women are stalked to their death by deranged men with criminal records. In death, these women are responsible for new laws that are put in place to protect stalking and domestic violence victims. 

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Dominique Dunne (November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982)

On October 30, 1982, actress Dominique Dunne - daughter to crime writer Dominick Dunne, sister to actor Griffin Dunne, and niece to writer/God Joan Didion - is strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, in the driveway of her West Hollywood home and goes into a coma. She never regains consciousness and dies five days later. In a controversial court case, Sweeney is convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Dunne's death and serves three and a half years in prison. Dunne is 22 years old when she dies. Her killer roams free to this day under an alias.

Check out Dunne's story in Dead in Hollywood: Stalked (Issue #7).   

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