The death of Thelma is still a mystery. Some people think that she felt asleep in her car and died by accident because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The theory is that Thelma, cold and unable to get into her apartment at the locked Cafe, trudged up to her car in the garage, started it up and turned on the heater. In time, she was overcome by odorless carbon monoxide fumes in the closed garage. Others think that she committed suicide. She had trouble with the IRS, was often very depressed and was addicted to pills. However most people, including myself, think that she was murdered. But by who ?? and why ??
The Grand Jury investigation into her death yielded conflicting results. Spots of blood were found both on and in the car, and on Todd's mouth. This led to the theory that she might have been knocked out, then placed in the car by persons unknown.
The first suspect is Thelma's ex-husband, Pat DiCicco, a self-described agent with underworld connections. After one too many beatings, Todd divorced him. He felt humiliated and may have sought revenge.
Another suspect is Lucky Luciano. Rumors abounded that mob boss Lucky Luciano wanted to use Todd’s establishment as a front for a gambling den. Allegedly, just days before she was discovered dead, Todd and Luciano met for lunch at the infamous Brown Derby. Luciano supposedly informed Todd of his interests in her restaurant. She told him to kiss off and that he could have her locale over her dead body. Some people think that Luciano asked his best friend Bugsy Siegel to kill Thelma. The problem with this theory is that we have no evidences that indeed Luciano was interested in Thelma's restaurant. We know that the two of them met several times but we have no proof that he was planning to set up an illegal gambling operation on the unused third floor of the restaurant.
Also Thelma might have been murdered by the wife of her business partner ( and lover ) Roland West, Jewel Carmen. Todd and West, a film director, partnered to open Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Café. Carmen didn`t object to her husband`s liaison with Todd, but when the restaurant started to lose money, she threatened to kill Todd for squandering her investment. Carmen was mentally unstable and violent. Others think that West killed Thelma. He bitterly resented Thelma`s numerous affairs.
The death of Thelma Todd remains a mystery. Was it Murder ?? Suicide ?? An Accident ?? We'll probably never know. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Thelma Todd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.
Article: Investigation Discovery
Wikipedia: Thelma Todd
Edited by JonathanVonErich, 14 July 2011 - 02:28 AM.