It’s not uncommon these days to turn on the news or radio and learn about unfortunate accidents and deaths that seem to happen all around us every day. But when we hear about celebrities that are involved in incidents that result in death, no matter what the circumstances are, it shocks us and brings on a sense of disbelief.
Some of the stars on our list have been tried accordingly for their crimes, but some of them, thanks to deep pockets, some luck and hiring the best attorneys that money can buy, have managed to cheat the legal system and basically get away with taking someone’s life.
Here is our list of 12 celebrities who have killed people. These stars have all killed someone in the past, whether it was intentional, in self-defense or accidental.
12. Faye DeWitt
DeWitt is famous mainly for her roles on hit sitcoms like Designing Women and Mork and Mindy, but she also made headlines back in 1965 when she stabbed her ex-husband, playwright Ray Allen to death with a letter opener. The couple had been divorced for just over a month at the time of the murder. DeWitt was never charged for the death of her ex-husband because it was discovered Allen had broken into her house, intoxicated, and attacked her.
11. Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner is in the tabloids quite a bit these days, mainly because of his body transformation, but in February of 2015 he was involved in a fatal car accident in Malibu. His SUV rear ended a vehicle which led the car to head right into oncoming traffic. The driver of the vehicle was killed, and a total of seven people were injured in the unfortunate accident. It was determined that speeding was not a factor and Jenner passed the field sobriety test.
Jenner released a statement shortly after the accident, saying, “My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”
10. Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, aka rapper Snoop Dogg,was arrested and charged with being connected to the death of Philip Woldemariam, a gangster who was shot to death by Snoop’s bodyguard. After the 1993 MTV Music Awards the rapper and his bodyguard were arrested. Both parties were found not guilty due to self-defense, but had to do two years of house arrest. In 1994 a short film called Murder Was the Case was released about the murder trial.
9. Sid Vicious
Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious awoke on the morning of October 12th, 1978, after a drug-induced night to find his girlfriend Nancy Spungen dead on the bathroom floor. She died from a stab wound to her abdomen and bled to death. Sid was arrested and charged with the murder, he admitted that the two of them had fought the night before, but ended up giving different versions of the story and said, “I stabbed her, but I never meant to kill her,” then continued to say that he did not remember and at one point during the argument Spungen had fallen onto the knife. Vicious died just a few months after Nancy’s Death and left a suicide note that said, “We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots Goodbye.”
8. Vince Neil
Motley Crue singer Neil, faced some legal issues in 1984 after he had been drinking and ended up hitting an oncoming car, killing Neil’s passenger, musician Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. The accident also caused severe brain damage to two of the people in the other car involved in the accident. Even though Neil’s blood alcohol level was .17, which is above California’s legal limit, he was charged with vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 5 years probation and ordered to pay$2.6 million to the victims of the crash. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service but Neil only served 15 days in jail because of good behavior.
7. Don King
Ruthless boxing promoter Don King killed two men in two separate incidents 13 years apart from each other. The first death occurred when a man was trying to break into one of King’s gambling operations and was ruled justifiable homicide. The second incident happened when King stomped to death Sam Garrett, one of King’s employees who owed him a mere $600. With the help of King’s attorney, he ended up serving less than four years in jail on a conviction of non-negligent manslaughter.
6. Oscar Pistorius
Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics and won gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the 4 x 400 meter races. He ended up setting records winning gold and silver metals as a sprint runner. On Valentine’s Day in 2013 he made the headlines again, not for his incredible accomplishments, but for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he fatally shot. After a long trial, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. However, he has since requested to appeal the verdict and his case will be presented to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
5. John Landis
John Landis has directed many popular films over the years including; National Lampoon’s: Animal House, Trading Places, The Blues Brothers and Twilight Zone. In fact, it was during the taping of Twilight Zone in 1982 that a terrible accident occurred that resulted in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Ye Chen. The helicopter lost control and the three were caught underneath when it crashed. Landis along with explosives specialist Paul Stewart and production manager Dan Allingham were tried and acquitted on manslaughter charges. The trial went on for nine months.
4. Michael Jace
Michael Jace has acted in quite a few different movies like The Replacements, Forrest Gump and the Fan, as well as many television series including The Shield. It’s safe to say that Jace won’t be acting anytime soon, considering on May 22, 2014 the 52-year-old actor was arrested for fatally shooting his wife. Jace later confessed to shooting his wife during a domestic argument.
3. Laura Bush
On November 6, 1963 while Bush was a young 17 years old and still a high school student, she ran through a stop sign and struck another vehicle which resulted in the death of the driver Michael Dutton Douglas who was actually a friend and classmate of Laura’s. Bush and her passenger walked away from the crash with next to no injuries, she also walked away with no charges. A spokesperson for Bush said, “It was a very tragic accident that deeply affected the families and was very painful for all involved, including the community at large.”
2. Phil Spector
Famous for his musical background as a record producer and songwriter, Spector has been in the media for the last five decades. In 2009, the music mogul was convicted of second-degree murder after a woman named Lana Clarkson was found dead in Spector’s mansion back in 2003. Clarkson died from a gunshot wound to the head. Spector is currently serving a 19-year sentence for the murder.
1. Keith Moon
On January 4, 1970, The Who’s Keith Moon accidentally killed his bodyguard, Neil Boland. Moon was intoxicated and was about to leave the Red Lion pub in the UK with Boland, when the two decided to leave the pub as earlier they were apparently being attacked by people at the pub and left in a hurry. As a result, Moon hurried to get behind the wheel and accidentally hit Boland with his car. After a thorough investigation the death was declared an accident and Moon was cleared of all charges.