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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.