Consideration and respect for the female is all but universal in the sexual relationships of the animals below man; it is only at the furthest remove from the “brutes” among civilized men that sexual “brutality” is at all common. —Havelock Ellis Bladder rupture, the most consequential event leading to the death of Virginia Rappe, is … Continue reading The urodynamics of the Arbuckle case
Anyone who writes objectively about the manslaughter trials of Roscoe Arbuckle will notice that the image of Virginia Rappe, his alleged victim, fades from the press coverage of the three trials between November 1921 and April 1922. Immediately following her death on September 9, 1921 though there was a surfeit of Rappe photographs published. Many of … Continue reading Virginia Rappe’s “Pyjamarama” of 1915
The following passage from our work-in-progress is based on research for an earlier deprecated post and prefaces the third Arbuckle trial narrative. “Burn it up,” said Frank Mayo, “The Hollywood film colony is a pernicious influence. Scatter it, abolish it—something ought to be down. Burn it up—I say!” The young leading man had been quoted … Continue reading NOLA: Zey handicaps the prosecution
The following is an interpolation from our work-in-progress that allows for a segue between the second and first Arbuckle trials. The day after second Arbuckle trial ended in a hung jury, the San Francisco’s newspaper announced the possible engagements of the two women who were present when Virginia Rappe passed away in September.[*] Sidi Spreckels, … Continue reading Maude Delmont’s unrealized disambiguation
As we have been writing and editing our work-in-progress on Virginia Rappe and Roscoe Arbuckle, our blog entries have been fewer in number but hardly pushed aside. We were recently alerted to the object depicted below, an artifact from a critical turning point in the life of Virginia Rappe. Of course, many things we do … Continue reading A magic lantern slide for A Twilight Baby, Virginia Rappe’s only star billing
To our knowledge, the Arbuckle trials saw no courtroom artists as we have come to know their work, which often captures some compelling moment in a jury trial of public interest. During the second Arbuckle trial, however, the San Francisco Call enlisted the well-known American engraver and Western artist Fred Grayson Sayre to draw Roscoe … Continue reading Artist’s sketches from the second Arbuckle Trial
As we posted last week, during the second Arbuckle trial, the defense asserted that Maude Delmont had been the first to sign a statement that accused Roscoe Arbuckle of assaulting Virginia Rappe and dragging her into room 1219—not Alice Blake and Zey Prevost. But the prosecutors insisted that Blake and Prevost had done so, hence … Continue reading Maude Delmont Takes the Blame, September 10, 1921
We have been toying with incorporating certain contextualized documents in the book as interpolations or as parts of a conventional appendix. This piece, now in public domain, is inserted between the end of the first Arbuckle trial and the beginning of the second. Intermezzo: The True Story About My Husband[*] Mrs. Minta Durfee Arbuckle In … Continue reading Minta Durfee takes the stand (or getting ahead of the court of public opinion)
The following is Matthew Brady’s response to Edgar Gleeson of the San Francisco Call. Here he refutes the notion that he or his subordinates coerced Alice Blake and Zey Prevost. He also explains his rationale for “protecting” them from bad influences, namely Arbuckle’s lawyers and their agents. He cites precedent here: two rape victims who … Continue reading Brady answers charge of witness intimidation, January 21, 1922
The day before the second Arbuckle trial began with jury selection, two young women waited outside the offices of San Francisco District Attorney Matthew Brady. Alice Blake and Zey Prevost, two unemployed “showgirls”—a term that doesn’t do them justice—wanted to be paid “witness fees” for their testimony at the first Arbuckle trial. A trial that … Continue reading The San Francisco Call goes all-in for Roscoe Arbuckle, January 20, 1922
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