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10 Celebrities Who Were Connected To Deadly Crimes

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As we've said before, life in Hollywood is not the "free ride" we often imagine it to be. Just like us, celebrities have highs and lows in their careers. A brush with the law is not unusual in Hollywood, but these 10 stars were all charged, suspected, or associated with deadly crimes:

1. Robert Blake

The star of In Cold Blood and Baretta was charged with murdering his wife in cold blood in 2001, and his unlikely alibi almost became more famous than the crime itself. Blake and his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley went out for dinner one night, and afterwards Bakley was found dead in his car, parked around the corner from the restaurant.

Blake, while in jail.The Lineup

Blake said that someone else must have shot his wife, because at the time of the murder he was back in the restaurant, retrieving a gun which he had left inside. That gun turned out not to be the murder weapon. Blake was eventually acquitted, but then found liable for Bakley's death in a civil trial.

2. Lana Turner

The star of Golden Age Hollywood hits like The Bad and the Beautiful and The Postman Always Rings Twice was in an abusive relationship with gangster Johnny Stompanato. The mobster would allegedly beat Turner and blackmail her. One night, as Stompanato attacked the star, her 14-year-old daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

Crane and Turner.IMDB

Crane was charged with justifiable homicide - since she was protecting her mother - and was made a ward of the state for a year. Crane always insisted on her story of the stabbing, but rumors still swirl that Turner was holding the knife herself, and let her daughter take the blame.

3. Snoop Dogg

While he has a squeaky clean reputation as a cooking show host today, Snoop and his bodyguard McKinley Lee were both charged with murder in 1993. Snoop was driving Lee when a rival gang member opened fire and Lee shot back. Since Snoop was behind the wheel, he was held equally responsible for the crime.

Snoop Dogg, during his trial.Express

The men were eventually acquitted because it was a case of self-defense, but Snoop still thanked his "dream team" of lawyers, including O.J. Simpson's lead attorney Johnnie Cochran, for getting him off the hook.

4. Robert Durst

This real estate mogul (his father is the wealthy Seymour Durst) is nicknamed "The Jinx" because he is strongly suspected in the murders of three people: his first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst, his friend Susan Berman, and his neighbor Morris Black.

Durst's excuses and alibis were often contradictory, and he was found guilty of evidence tampering by dismembering Morris Black's body (Durst claims Black shot himself in the face accidentally during an argument).

In 2015 Durst was arrested again in connection with the Berman murder, after a documentary turned up new evidence including a suspicious letter and what some say is a taped confession recorded on a "hot microphone" as Durst used the washroom.

5. Dog the Bounty Hunter

Chapman's mugshot.The Smoking Gun

Yes, it may be hard to believe but one of television's most famous crime fighters served time for first degree murder. Before Dog (real name Duane Chapman) was on the straight and narrow, he was hanging around with some bad company.

Chapman was waiting in a car while his friend got into a disagreement with a drug dealer and wound up killing him. Dog was found guilty as an accessory to the crime. He served 18 months of a 5-year sentence and has been working on the right side of the law ever since.

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