Celebrities who have killed
Celebs, they’re truly just like the rest of us. They eat, drink, and oh, sometimes they kill people. Most times it’s a car accident, and every once in a while, it’s a deliberate murder.
Here are eight celebs that have killed people:
In 1978, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen epitomized the sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle. Then, on the night of October 11, 1978, Spungen was found dead, stabbed in the stomach.
Vicious claimed at first that he’d found her that way, but he later admitted to stabbing her in the stomach. He was charged with murder, but he never stood trial. He died of a drug overdose while out on bail.
Can you see innocent-faced Matthew Broderick as a killer? Neither can we, but the facts are that the one-time Ferris Bueller star killed a pair of people in 1987.
Both Broderick and his girlfriend at the time were in Ireland when he mistakenly drove onto the wrong side of the road and smashed into an incoming car. The car’s driver and passenger, Anna Gallagher, 28, and her mother Margaret Doherty, 63, were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Broderick was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was eventually convicted of careless driving and fined £175.
Legendary fight promoter Don King killed not one, but two men. The first was an accident. In 1954, King shot Hillary Brown in the back when the man tried to break into one of his gambling houses. The incident was deemed a justifiable homicide.
The next death, however, was not so innocent. King stomped his employee Sam Garrett to death because Garrett owed him $600. King was convicted of second-degree murder, but the judge lowered his conviction to nonnegligent manslaughter. He received only four years in prison. To make matters worse, Cleveland named the street where King killed Garrett Don King Way.
In February 2015, Jenner was involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle collision.
She rear-ended a car on the Pacific Coast Highway in California, slamming it into traffic, where it was then bulldozed by an incoming car.
The other car’s driver, Kim Howe, an animal rights activist and actress, was killed, and seven other people gravely injured.
She is the wife of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush. But did you know she once killed someone by accident?
On November 6, 1963, only two days after her 17th birthday, Bush ran past a stop sign and hit another car, killing the driver, her classmate and close friend, Michael Dutton Douglas, who was rumoured to be her boyfriend at the time, although she denied it. She was never charged, and she and her passenger only had minor injuries.
On January 4, 1970, Moon, legendary drummer of the Who, was trying to drive away from a pub where he was being harassed by patrons when he drove over his friend and bodyguard, Neil Boland, whom he did not see on the road.
Moon was under the influence at the time, and he was charged both with that and driving without a licence and insurance.
The aviation pioneer was driving erratically on July 11, 1936 when he struck and killed a pedestrian named Gabriel S. Meyer. The entire incident was then finessed by Hughes’ lawyers. Though Hughes had been drinking, he was declared sober at the hospital, and a witness later changed his story to say that the man had stepped in front of Hughes’ car. Hughes was blamelessly released from the coroner’s inquest.
Notorious producer Phil Spector was convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson by shooting her on February 3, 2003. Though he claimed the death was accidental, a jury sentenced him to 19 years in jail in 2009.