So yesterday we found out that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested for a murder-plot. While not a lot of the details are out in the public yet, we decided to go ahead and do a countdown today of the Top Five Celebritites You Never Knew Killed Someone!
#5) Actress Rebecca Gayheart
From CriminalJusticeSchools.com: "On June 13, 2001, actress Rebecca Gayheart was driving on a Los Angeles street when shestruck and killed nine-year-old Jorge Cruz, Jr. Although Cruz wasn’t using the crosswalk, the cars in front of Gayheart had stopped to allow him to cross the street. However, the actress, not seeing the boy, veered around the cars in an effort to avoid stopping and struck Cruz in the left-turn lane. Gayheart was also talking on a cell phone at the time. She pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to three years’ probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours of community service. A civil lawsuit from the Cruz family was settled out of court."
#4) Governor and Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson
From CriminalJusticeSchools.com: "Future governor of Illinois, UN Ambassador and two-time nominee for President, a 12-year-old Adlai Stevenson inadvertently shot and killed 16-year-old Ruth Merwin at his childhood home in Bloomington, Illinois on December 30, 1912. Stevenson was performing a drill technique with a .22 rifle, which he didn’t realize was loaded, when it went off, striking the girl. The gun had previously been checked to make sure it wasn’t loaded, but the ejecting mechanism had a rusty spring that prevented the bullet from being released upon examination. Charges weren’t filed."
#3) Matthew Broderick
From CriminalJusticeSchools.com: "On August 5, 1987, actor Matthew Broderick was driving on a country road in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland with then-girlfriend (and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star) Jennifer Grey when his car veered into the wrong lane, colliding with an oncoming vehicle. The two passengers of the other car — 30-year-old Anna Gallagher and her 63-year-old mother Margaret Doherty — were killed instantly. Broderick spent a month in the hospital but because of memory loss, he was unable to explain what happened. It was determined that the actor wasn’t drunk at the time of the accident, and he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, although he was eventually convicted only of careless driving, escaping with a $175 fine. Initially upset at the ruling, the victims’ family has since come to terms with it and met with Brodderick in 2003 to gain a sense of closure."
#2) Laura Bush
From CriminalJusticeSchools.com: "On the evening of November 6, 1963, future First Lady of the United States Laura Bush née Welch was driving with a friend on a rural highway in Midland, Texas when she ran a stop sign and broadsided another car. The driver of the other vehicle, 17-year-old Michael Dutton Douglas, a classmate and friend of Welch’s, was killed. Welch, who wasn’t reported to be drinking or speeding, wasn’t charged and received only minor injuries."
#1) Don King
From CriminalJusticeSchools.com: "Flamboyant future boxing promoter Don King killed not one, but two men early in his life while running an illegal gambling operation in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1954, at the age of 23, he shot and killed a man named Hillary Brown, a death that was ruled justifiable because Brown was trying to rob one of King’s gambling stations. Later, in 1966, he was involved in a fight with an employee of his named Sam Garrett, whom King claimed owed him money. During the scuffle, Garrett’s head hit the pavement — although some say King repeatedly stomped him to death. He was convicted of manslaughter and spent four years in jail before being paroled in 1971, at which point he moved from gambling to boxing. King was eventually granted a full pardon by Ohio Governor James Rhodes in 1983."