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The public's fascination with celebrities can succeed in a fever pitch while celebrities devote or are keen on a criminal offense. well-known sufferers just like the Lindbergh child and Sharon Tate have raised public outcry opposed to the tough crimes that claimed their lives. And the rigors of megastar criminals similar to Jim Bakker and O.J. Simpson are evidence that even the wealthy and recognized will not be above breaking the legislations. ''Celebrities and Crime'' examines the crossroads the place reputation and the underworld meet, appears to be like at specific varieties of crime designated at celebrities, and discusses how legislations enforcement handles big name sufferers and megastar perpetrators.The chapters comprise: The Devil's enterprise; Stalked!; homicide in Brentwood; number 1 with a Bullet; and the cost of popularity. The instances lined contain: Charles Lindbergh Jr. kidnapping; Charles Manson and the Manson family members murders; The unsolved homicide of actor Bob Crane; megastar stalkers and assassins, together with the homicide of John Lennon; superstar frauds Jim and Tammy Bakker; The O.J. Simpson homicide trial, and different recognized athletes' encounters with crime; Tupac Shakur, and the gangsta rap feud among the East Coast and West Coast rappers; megastar shoplifters and the Winona Ryder case; and Robert Blake, accused of murdering his spouse.

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His new show was a hit, with celebrity guests including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, and Marvin Gaye. A. 31 32 Celebrities and Crime Airwaves,” earning more than $100,000 per year, but he craved something more. In 1961, at age 33, Crane turned to acting. Before year’s end, he landed roles in two films, Man-Trap and Return to Peyton Place. His next big break, in 1963, was a regular part on TV’s popular Donna Reed Show, but producers wrote him out of the show in 1965, saying his performance as a playboy neighbor of the series stars was “too suggestive” for a family program.

1985–2000: Mark Ronald Bailey, a New Jersey accountant, sent more than 100 threatening letters to actress Brooke Shields between 1985 and 1999. In September 2000 he was sentenced to 10 years probation, with twiceweekly counseling sessions. 1988–1998: Margaret Ray, a diagnosed schizophrenic, began announcing herself as comedian David Letterman’s wife in 1988. She broke into his house at least eight times before committing suicide in 1998. 1988–1990: Tina Ledbetter sent 6,000 threatening letters to actor Michael J.

And the money rolled in. Donations from viewers—whom Jim Bakker called “Grandma Grunts”—often exceeded $1 million per week. Although PTL was a nonprofit organization, Jim and Tammy each drew yearly salaries of $200,000, while Jim paid himself more than $4 million in “bonuses” between 1984 and 1987. Their other assets included a $600,000 home and four condominiums in California, a Rolls Royce automobile, and 47 different bank accounts. Their house at Palm Springs had gold-plated bathroom faucets costing $60,000.

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