Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

September 9, 1921 San Francisco, California Actress Virginia Rappe dies of a ruptured bladder and peritonitis Rappe had attended a party on September 5 with various other celebrities including Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. During the evening, the guests became drunk (despite the party occurring during the Prohibition), and Rappe reportedly began stripping after complaining she could…

Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder

September 5, 1932 Beverly Hills, California Paul Bern dies in an apparent suicide Bern was an acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter, and producer. He also had a live-in common-law wife, Dorothy Millette, before she was committed to a sanitarium for various mental and emotional illnesses. Bern later met actress Jean Harlow at a movie premiere in…