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Movieland Mystery Photo

December 6, 2010 |  8:37 am

   Dec. 6, 2010, Mystery Photo    
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

thelma_todd_1935_0819Dec. 17, 1935: The finding by autopsy surgeons last night of evidence that monoxide gas poisoning caused the death of Thelma Todd, blonde motion picture actress whose body was found in her automobile in a Castellammare garage yesterday morning, did not lessen the vigor of an investigation being made by police into the riddle of circumstances surrounding the finding of the film player's body.

Because Miss Todd within the past few months had been the recipient of several extortion notes threatening her with death unless she paid $10,000 and because no apparent reason existed for her taking her own life, investigating officers desperately sought an answer to the mystery of her death.

Coagulated blood marred the screen comedienne's features and stained her mauve and silver evening gown and her expensive mink coat when she was found, her blonde locks pathetically awry, in the front seat of her automobile....


  Dec. 17, 1935, Thelma Todd
Dec. 17, 1935, Thelma Todd
  Dec. 17, 1935, Thelma Todd