We have a strange love/hate relationship with celebrities, don’t we? Whether they are sports stars, actors, politicians or singers, there are some famous faces that we just can’t get enough of and there are others who just get under our skin. At times, we can’t even say what makes us dislike a celebrity, but we just know that we don’t like them.
We all have secrets, and one of the biggest skeletons that people can have in their closet is murder. Celebrities are the same. Sometimes they achieve incredible heights in their careers only to have it all fall down when they kill someone. Of course, there are some that manage to keep themselves out of trouble by hiring the best legal minds available, but there are times when even this isn’t enough.
The celebrities on today’s list all have one thing in common – they killed another person. For most of them, the deaths resulted from accidents of some kind but a few have actually committed cold-blooded murder. And there’s nothing like finding out that a celeb you didn’t like is actually a killer as well. So here are 15 celebrities that we hated even before we found out that they were killers too.
15. Fatal Car Accident Almost Ruined Brandy Norwood’s Reputation
Brandy Norwood has sold over 40 million records worldwide during her career, which makes her one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Her distinctive voice and elaborate riffs have earned her dozens of accolades including a Grammy Award and seven Billboard Music Awards. She’s also a talented actress and appeared in films like I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and sitcoms like Moesha. She seemed to have everything going for her, but back in 2006 a highly publicized car accident almost ruined her reputation.
Norwood struck another vehicle on the Los Angeles’ San Diego Freeway killing the driver. No charges were laid against her, but several lawsuits were brought against her which caused her fifth album Human (2008) to bomb.
14. Duane “Dog” Chapman Was A Convicted Felon Before He Was A Bounty Hunter
Love him or hate him you have to admit that Duane “Dog” Chapman certainly kept us entertained with Dog The Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On The Hunt. We loved watching him gruffly interacting with his family and hunting down baddies. But Chapman has been on the other side of the law more than once himself and even served time in a state prison for first-degree murder.
Back in 1976, Chapman was sent to prison for five years. He had been waiting in a car when his friend shot and killed an alleged drug dealer. He only spent 18 months in prison before being released, but later said that it inspired him to become a bounty hunter. He rose to fame in 2003 after he made international news by apprehending serial rapist Andrew Luster and was later picked up for a TV series.
13. Snoop Dogg Was Involved In The Murder Of A Rival Gang Member
Snoop Dogg is known for having run-ins with the law, mostly related to drugs and weapons. But what else would we expect from his hard living, straight talking rapper?
But did you know that Snoop was actually once arrested for murder?
Back in 1993, while recording an album, Snoop was arrested in connection with the death of a rival gang member named Phillip Woldermariam who was killed by Snoop’s bodyguard. Both Snoop and his bodyguard were charged with murder when it emerged that Snoop had been the driver of the car involved in the shooting. They were both eventually acquitted of all charges after a drawn-out legal battle. Thankfully, when your net worth is around $143 million you can afford the very best lawyers in town.
12. Matthew Broderick Killed Two People By Driving On The Wrong Side Of The Road
In 1987 Matthew Broderick, star of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey (who co-starred as his sister in the movie) were driving a rented car while on vacation in Ireland. During their journey, Broderick crossed over onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into another car. The driver and passenger were both killed instantly. Grey sustained minor injuries while Broderick suffered a broken leg, collapsed lung and a concussion.
He was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison but managed to get off on a lesser charge; careless driving. He was fined $175. The victims’ family was, as you can expect, furious and called it a “travesty of justice”.
11. Rebecca Gayheart Accidentally Killed A Child
Rebecca Gayheart reached the height of her popularity in the late nineties when she starred in films like Urban Legend and Jawbreaker but since then she’s slowly dropped off the radar. We’ve seen her pop up a few times to do cameos or TV series, but mostly she’s been keeping a low profile. That might have something to do with an accident she had back in 2001.
On the third of June 2001, Rebecca was driving down a Los Angeles street when she struck a nine-year-old child who later died from his injuries. She pleaded no contest to a count of vehicular manslaughter. Her plea helped her avoid jail time and she was sentenced to three years of probation, a $2800 fine, and a hefty 750 hours of community service.
10. Felicia Pearson Shot Another Girl When She Was Just 14 Years Old
Felicia Pearson is best remembered for her role as the character of the same name, Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, on The Wire. Stephen King called her “perhaps the most terrifying female villain to ever appear in a television series” and coming from him that’s really saying something!
But Felicia came from a troubled background. Her mother was addicted to crack and as a result, Felicia was born prematurely. By the time she was fourteen years old, she was already dealing drugs. It was also at this age that Pearson was arrested and charged with murder after she shot another girl. She ended up serving almost seven years in prison. But she managed to turn her life around during this time and went on to land her role on The Wire shortly after her release.
9. OJ Simpson Is Currently Serving Hard Time
How could we do a list of celebrities who killed people and not include the infamous case of OJ Simpson?
OJ had a promising career as both a football player and an actor before the death of his wife Nicole Simpson in 1994. Even though he was acquitted of the murder charges after a highly publicized trial his life would never be the same again. A civil lawsuit was filed against him following the verdict and he was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages.
In 2007 Simpson was arrested again and this time he was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. He was found guilty in 2008 and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He is currently serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.
8. Aaron Hernandez Received A Life Sentence After Being Found Guilty Of Murder
Aaron Hernandez had a promising career as a football player which came to a screeching halt when he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional player, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time. He’d been playing for the New England Patriots at the time of the murder, but they released him immediately after his arrest.
After a lengthy trial, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. While incarcerated at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center earlier this year Hernandez took his own life. He left a suicide note next to a bible opened at John 3:16 which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He had also written “John 3:16” on his forehead in ink.
7. Caitlyn Jenner Killed One Person And Injured 7 In A Car Accident
In February of 2015, 67-year-old Caitlyn (formerly William Bruce) Jenner was involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle collision on the Pacific Coast Highway. Eyewitnesses to the devastating accident said that Jenner’s SUV rear-ended a white vehicle and sent it careening into oncoming traffic. The driver, Kim Howe, an animal rights activist and actress, was killed and seven others sustained injuries in the accident. Jenner escaped the accident without injury. Jenner blamed the accident on the paparazzi trailing her at the time. No criminal charges came from the accident, although several civil suits were filed and settled out of court.
As if we didn’t have enough reasons to hate Caitlyn Jenner. Now we find out that she killed someone (okay, accidentally, but still) and couldn’t even take responsibility?
6. Sid Vicious Might Have Stabbed His Girlfriend To Death
According to his version of events, Sid Vicious woke up on the 12th of October 1978 after a night of hard drinking to find his girlfriend Nancy Spungen dead in his hotel room. Nancy had been stabbed once in the abdomen and it appeared that she had bled to death during the night. The knife used in the attack belonged to Sid.
He gave conflicting reports about what had happened the night that Nancy died. At one point, he said that he had stabbed her, but hadn’t meant to kill her, then changed track and insisted that he had no memory of the event. The truth about what really happened that night between the Sex Pistols frontman and his girlfriend will never be known as Vicious took his own life about a year later.
5. Oscar Pistorius Shot And Killed His Girlfriend On Valentine’s Day
Due to a congenital abnormality, Oscar Pistorius was only eleven months old when both his legs were amputated below the knee. But he had a flair for sports and wasn’t going to let his disability get in the way. He went on to become a Paralympic champion but continued to push forward eventually becoming the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games. And at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, he became the first amputee to win a non-disabled world track medal.
Things looked like they were going well for Oscar until Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for a burglar. He was found guilty of culpable homicide the following year and sentenced to five years in prison but has since been released under house arrest.
4. Johnny Lewis Broke Into An Old Lady’s Home And Killed Her
You’ll probably remember this actor from his role as prospect biker Kip “Half-Sack” Epps in the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Johnny Lewis started acting in his late teens and as well as SOA he also played in movies such as Raise Your Voice and Underclassman. He also dated singer Katy Perry from 2005 to 2006.
But Johnny tragically passed away in 2012 at the age of 28 and the events surrounding his death are strange, to say the least.
According to the police, Johnny broke into the home of an 81-year-old lady and murdered her before he jumped or fell off the roof of the property. There were no drugs in his system at the time, but it’s speculated that the young actor was suffering from some kind of mental illness.
3. Laura Bush Killed A Friend When She Ran A Stop Sign
Most people, no matter how famous and well respected, have a few skeletons in the cupboard and ex- First Lady Laura Bush is no exception.
When Laura was 16 years old she was involved in a car accident which resulted in the death of one person. She ran through a stop sign and plowed into another car, killing the driver instantly. To make matters worse the driver was a close friend of Laura’s, some people even speculate that the two were dating at the time. Laura and her passenger both escaped the accident with only minor injuries. Even though she was clearly at fault, no charges were ever brought against her. Laura stated in her autobiography that the tragic event affected her deeply and caused her to lose her faith in God for many years.
2. Charles S. Dutton Killed A Man When He Was Just 17
Charles S. Dutton is an American actor best known for his roles in Gothika and Alien 3. But Charles had a difficult start to his life, one that included murder…
Charles dropped out of school before completing middle school and when he was just 17 years old he got into a fight with a man who he claimed attacked him. The man died during the altercation and Dutton was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Following his release, Dutton was arrested again, this time for possession of a deadly weapon. It was during this stint in prison that he discovered drama and plays and it turned his life around. He completed his high school education and went on to study drama. And the rest, as they say, is history.
1. Jayson Williams Shot An Innocent Person While Playing With A Shotgun
Jayson Williams is a former professional basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets but an injury in 1999 forced him to retire from professional basketball in 2000.
In 2002 he was charged with the accidental murder of a limousine driver. The limo driver was killed at the players’ home when Williams fatally shot him while playing with a shotgun. To make matters even worse, Williams was giving a tour to members of his NBA charity team at the time. The court cases in relation to the several charges brought against him, including four counts of trying to cover up the shooting, went on for years.
Eight years later, Williams finally pled guilty to the accidental shooting and served an 18-month prison sentence.
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