Show Business Homicides

An Encyclopedia, 1908–2009

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About the Book

A companion volume to the author’s Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases (2002), this reference work chronicles 298 cases of what can be broadly defined as “celebrity” homicides from the early twentieth century onward. Cases are drawn from the realms of film, theatre, music, dance and other entertainment fields. In each instance, the person was either the actual or suspected perpetrator or the victim of a murder.
Included are entries on such well-known personalities as film comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, actress Sharon Tate, music producer Phil Spector, rap artist Notorious B.I.G., and superstar Michael Jackson. Each entry covers the crime, its legal disposition, and the subject’s personal and professional background, comprehensively documented with notes and a separate bibliography.

About the Author(s)

David K. Frasier is a reference librarian at the Lilly Library at Indiana University–Bloomington. He is the author of several books.

Bibliographic Details

David K. Frasier
Foreword by Jimmy McDonough
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 420
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019 [2011]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7603-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6211-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Jimmy McDonough      1
Preface      3

The Cases      5
Appendix 1: Narcocorridos      355
Appendix 2: Occupations      359
Bibliography      369
Index      375

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Recommended”—Choice
  • “Well-written…valuable”—Booklist
  • “Highly useful…excellent…a well-researched and well-written resource for scholars of all levels…definitive tool”—Reference Reviews