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Movieland Mystery Photo -- Updated

December 8, 2010 |  3:30 am


  Dec. 8, 2010, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Update: Roland West, Alice Todd, center, and May Whitehead enter the church at Forest Lawn for Thelma Todd's funeral.

  Dec. 19, 1935, Thelma Todd  

Dec. 19, 1935: A "swarthy man" always seems to figure in Hollywood mysteries and one has emerged in the Thelma Todd case.

"Alive -- driving in her death car with a dark-complexioned man -- in Hollywood -- Thelma Todd was reported seen at 11 o'clock Sunday night by Jewel Carmen, wife of Roland West, the dead actress' business partner," The Times says.

Dr. A.F. Wagner, county autopsy surgeon, testifies that in his opinion, Todd died sometime early Sunday.

"He added that his opinion was based on medical examinations, facts and the material circumstances surrounding the case.

"Miss Todd's death, Dr. Wagner testified, in his opinion was due to carbon monoxide poisoning. An analysis of her bloodstream, he said, indicated between 75% and 80% carbon monoxide saturation.

"There also were traces of alcohol in the brain of the actress, he testified, but only about 0.13% by saturation, which would not be sufficient to cause death."

By today’s standards, with a 0.13% blood-alcohol level, she would be considered drunk. 

  Dec. 19, 1935, Thelma Todd
Dec. 19, 1935, Thelma Todd
Dec. 19, 1935, Todd