8 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged with Murder
Born: July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California
Profession: Pro Football Player (Buffalo Bills), Actor
Simpson was accused of stabbing Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and her friend Ron Goldman to death in front of Brown Simpson’s home in 1992. He was arrested for the murders after the most famous police chase in Los Angeles, even in history. Defended by Johnnie Cochran, the trial was televised and was highly controversial. Despite evidence of years of spousal abuse and DNA evidence, Simpson was acquitted of the murder charges.
Born: May 10, 1957 in Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Vicious was the bass player for the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols, but after being kicked out of the band because of heroin abuse and the bad influence of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, he moved into the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Vicious awoke one night to find Nancy had been stabbed to death. He was arrested after police were called and changed his story a number of times as to the circumstances of her death. A few months after his arrest, he died of a heroin overdose.
Born: August 20, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio
Profession: Boxing Promoter
Promoting some of the biggest names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Mike Tyson, the controversial promoter Don King was charged with killing two men in thirteen years. While working as an illegal bookmaker, King shot a man who was trying to rob him and it was ruled as a justifiable homicide. Years later, King was convicted of a second-degree murder in the stomping death of an employee, but the conviction was reduced to non-negligent manslaughter and he served just less than four years in prison. He was later pardoned for the crime.
Born: December 26, 1939 in Bronx, New York
Profession: Record Producer
A legendary music producer who worked with such iconic bands as The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers and the Ramones, Spector was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his home in 2003. She had a single gunshot wound in the face with many of her teeth broken out, and Spector and his lawyer claimed it was an accidental suicide. Spector was convicted of murder in 2009 and was upheld in 2011 on appeal. He was sentenced to life in prison. The trial was marked by Spector’s bizarre behavior in the courtroom.
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
Born: March 24, 1887 in New York City, New York
Profession: Comedian, Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Arbuckle was a famous silent film star alongside such actors as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. In September of 1921 Arbuckle rented two rooms at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and invited a number of women to a party. One of the party goers, Virginia Rappe accused Arbuckle of raping her. When she died a week later, some thought Arbuckle used something to sexually assault her, causing her uterus to rupture and her bleeding to death. Arbuckle was acquitted at trial but his career never recovered from the scandal.
Born: July 13, 1965 in Paterson, New Jersey
The actor, most known for playing a Christian cop struggling with his sexuality on the television show “The Shield”, was arrested and charged with the shooting death of his wife April in June of 2014. He called police himself immediately after the shooting. His wife had multiple gunshot wounds. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. He has yet to stand trial.
Born: September 26, 1944 in San Francisco, California
Profession: Model, Actress
A Playboy playmate in 1968 and actress in many B-movies and television shows, Vetri was charged in 2010 with the attempted murder of her boyfriend after an argument. She pulled out a gun and shot him at close range, but he survived. When the police arrived, she told them he had been shot by a drug dealer, but she was charged with attempted murder and the charge was later reduced to attempted manslaughter. She was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison.
Born: July 7, 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Profession: Rapper, Hip-Hop Artist
Born Barry Adrian Reese, well known as rapper Cassidy, was arrested and charged with two other men in the shooting death of Desmond Hawkins and attempted murder of two of Hawkins’ friends in 2005. He faced multiple charges, including murder and weapons possession. After the main witness against him withdrew his statement, Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison plus probation.