Todd spent the night of her death at a Hollywood party thrown by Ida Lapido where Todd and her ex husband were involved in a heated confrontation. The ex was also suspect in a beating death of an actor by the name of Ted Healy in a parking garage a few years later.
When Thelmas body was found, it was discovered she had a broken nose, her tooth was knocked out, had several broken ribs, and enough bruises to determine that she had been beat up. There was also more than enough blood on her clothes to render suspicioun.
The night of the murder she was so drunk that she received a ride home from Sid Graumann, because, as Sid called West and informed him, she was too drunk to drive there herself. Witnesses from the neighborhood stated that she had been seen at the door of her apartment screaming obseniites and kicking at the door but West refused to let her in, instead he locked the door and admitted they had gotten into a terrible fight because of her level of intoxication. He also admitted to being the last one to see her alive.
Suspiciion focused on West and it was rumored that he had hired an actress to play Todd and to beat on the door while Todd was inside being beat to death.
An added twist to the story. On Sunday morning, Jewel Carmen claimed to have seen Thelma Todd driving past her house with a handsome stranger. At this time, police believed that Todd had already been dead and it was thought the story was to distract the questioning away from her husband West.
Thelma Todds attorney claimed that he would be able to prove the murder was committed by Lucky Luciano and a second inquest was requested and accepted, however, Hal Roach begged them not to bring the mobster into the investigation and it was dropped.
My favorite part of the story is that a ghostly image of an "ice cream blonde" woman is seen haunting the Roadside Rest Cafe and carbon monixide fumes can be smelled even when there is no car in the garage.
Here is a link to Thelma Todd:
Here is a link to the Three Stooges -- Ted Healy murder
Edited by iamdee1, 02 November 2011 - 07:48 PM.