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Richard
10-08-2005, 11:43 PM
Jean Spangler
Missing since October 1949 from Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California.
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics
Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair

Circumstances of Disappearance

Jean Spangler. was a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV. A divorcee, Jean lived in a house in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles with her mother, her brother, her sister-in-law, and her five-year-old daughter Christine. At five p.m., Jean kissed Christine goodbye and told her sister-in-law that she was going to meet her ex-husband, Dexter Benner, to talk about an increase in child support payments. After that, she was going to work on a night shoot for a new film.

When Jean failed to come home the following day, her sister-in-law went down to the Wilshire Division of the LAPD and filed a missing persons report. The police took down the details, but thought that the young starlet probably would show up in a day or two. They had not even put her name on the police teletype as a missing person. The following day, an employee at Griffith Park reported finding Jean Spangler’s purse near the entrance to the park, apparently with most of it's original contents still intact and undisturbed.

After a 60-man search of Griffith Park turned up no additional clues, investigators went to work reconstructing Jean’s last hours before her disappearance. Dexter Benner denied having seen Jean for weeks, a story backed up by Benner’s new wife. A check of the studios determined that no movies had been in production that night of the seventh. Jean had last been seen at a local market where the clerk said she appeared to be "waiting for someone."

Despite a massive nationwide effort by investigators and the over 200 plus individuals who made up the Griffith Park search party, no trace of Jean Spangler ever turned up. She has yet to be found.
Source Information:
PSL Online
The Doe Network: Case File 436DFCA

Link:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/436dfca.html

Marilynilpa
10-10-2005, 11:14 AM
Jean Spangler
Missing since October 1949 from Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California.
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics
Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair

Circumstances of Disappearance

Jean Spangler. was a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV. A divorcee, Jean lived in a house in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles with her mother, her brother, her sister-in-law, and her five-year-old daughter Christine. At five p.m., Jean kissed Christine goodbye and told her sister-in-law that she was going to meet her ex-husband, Dexter Benner, to talk about an increase in child support payments. After that, she was going to work on a night shoot for a new film.

When Jean failed to come home the following day, her sister-in-law went down to the Wilshire Division of the LAPD and filed a missing persons report. The police took down the details, but thought that the young starlet probably would show up in a day or two. They had not even put her name on the police teletype as a missing person. The following day, an employee at Griffith Park reported finding Jean Spanglerís purse near the entrance to the park, apparently with most of it's original contents still intact and undisturbed.

After a 60-man search of Griffith Park turned up no additional clues, investigators went to work reconstructing Jeanís last hours before her disappearance. Dexter Benner denied having seen Jean for weeks, a story backed up by Bennerís new wife. A check of the studios determined that no movies had been in production that night of the seventh. Jean had last been seen at a local market where the clerk said she appeared to be "waiting for someone."

Despite a massive nationwide effort by investigators and the over 200 plus individuals who made up the Griffith Park search party, no trace of Jean Spangler ever turned up. She has yet to be found.
Source Information:
PSL Online
The Doe Network: Case File 436DFCA

Link:
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/436dfca.html
That is very interesting. Do you know if Jean had been dating anyone?

miles_draken
10-10-2005, 04:00 PM
I have never heard of this case or this woman until reading this post and the Doe Network case file on her. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw her picture was that she looked alot like Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia) who was murdered in L.A. in 1947. With a new book out pointing the finger at Dr. George Hodel as the killer of Short, I wonder if he may have been involved with this young womans disappearance as well, and just not displayed the body. It is widely reported that the police knew who her killer was, and Hodel's own son claims it was his father.

Hodel supposedly left the U.S. in 1950's, so he would have been around at the time of this girls disappearance.

Just a thought that popped into my head, probably nothing, but you never know!

Mr. E
10-11-2005, 04:57 PM
I read about this case before. I think there was speculation that Jean was pregnant and had gone to get an abortion (illegal at the time). The "night shoot" was a story; she was not involved in any movie at that time.

Also, she was a friend of Kirk Douglas (I think they did a movie together). In fact, he was on the suspect list for a long time because of a note the police found (possibly in her purse) for someone called "Kirk."

Some people think she staged her own disappearance, but her family says she would never leave her daughter like that.

anthrobones
01-04-2006, 08:52 PM
have never heard of this case or this woman until reading this post and the Doe Network case file on her. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw her picture was that she looked alot like Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia) who was murdered in L.A. in 1947. With a new book out pointing the finger at Dr. George Hodel as the killer of Short, I wonder if he may have been involved with this young womans disappearance as well, and just not displayed the body. It is widely reported that the police knew who her killer was, and Hodel's own son claims it was his father
Has anyone else looked at the photos that Steve Hodel claimed were of Elizabeth Short?
This photo:
http://www.charleyproject.org/images/s/spangler_jean.jpg

Compared to (the one where the woman has her left arm behind her head, not clothed):
http://www.lmharnisch.com/you_judge.html (Anyone know where better quality and bigger photos of the mystery woman are? The photo is dark to me.)

blueclouds
01-04-2006, 10:07 PM
I too had read Steve Hodel's book. I think Jean's in there as a possible victim of his dad. :(

meggilyweggily
01-04-2006, 10:52 PM
I admit I am not very familiar with the Black Dahlia case or the accusation against Dr. Hodel, but wasn't the accusation based in part on some art or photographs Hodel had? That's like those people who say Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper just because some of his paintings bore a vague resemblance to the Ripper crime scenes. (He was not Jack the Ripper and I don't care what Patricia Cornwell has to say about it.) It seems like a very slim thing to base such an accusation upon.

blueclouds
01-05-2006, 12:16 PM
I admit I am not very familiar with the Black Dahlia case or the accusation against Dr. Hodel, but wasn't the accusation based in part on some art or photographs Hodel had? That's like those people who say Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper just because some of his paintings bore a vague resemblance to the Ripper crime scenes. (He was not Jack the Ripper and I don't care what Patricia Cornwell has to say about it.) It seems like a very slim thing to base such an accusation upon.

Initially that was what it was started from. HOWEVER, SINCE THEN Steve Hodel has found numerous POLICE FILES and FBI files about his father. He has audio tape transcripts from the police when the police bugged his fathers house, etc. Not only that, George Hodel was charged with raping his daughter along with 2 other men and found not guilty as they made the 13 yr old seem like a drugged out liar.

So since then, I believe that Steve Hodel is most likely right or on the right track after finding all the other evidence. MUCH of the evidence he found came after the book. So hopefully he'll write an update. He has a website too.

Susan Shock
01-05-2006, 01:01 PM
I've heard of the case. I'm sure I've seen it profiled on television sometime in the past. Never heard any mention of a connection with the Black Dahlia murder. Besides the body of Elizabeth Short was so obviously meant to be found, from its location and the way it was posed. We have no body for Jean Spangler. I think if Elizabeth Short's killer had killed Spangler, we would have found a body. And something would have been sent to the newspapers as happened with Short.

anthrobones
06-13-2006, 11:18 PM
Bumping up post!

anthrobones
01-14-2007, 01:05 PM
Bumping up Jean's thread

anthrobones
01-14-2007, 01:06 PM
I wonder if her daughter is still alive.

anthrobones
01-14-2007, 01:36 PM
http://www.palmspringslife.com/media/Palm-Springs-Life/Whispering-Palms/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-of-Jean-Spangler/index.php

The Mysterious Disappearance of Jean Spangler
Story by by Arthur Lyons
Photography courtesy Brandon James

Like so many other talented hopefuls in Hollywood in the 1940s, Jean Spangler wanted to be a star. Sultry and big-eyed, the statuesque 27-year-old brunette had eked out a precarious living as a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV while she waited for that one big break, that one part that would get her noticed and launch her screen career.

On October 7, 1949, Jean got the part that would make her famous, but it was not in any movie.

A divorcee, Jean lived in a house in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles with her mother, her brother, her sister-in-law, Sophie, and her five-year-old daughter Christine. At five p.m., Jean kissed Christine goodbye and told her sister-in-law that she was going to meet her ex-husband, plastics manufacturer Dexter Benner, to talk about an increase in child support payments. After that, she was going to work on a night shoot for a new film. "Wish me luck," she said, winking and left.

When Jean failed to come home the following day, a distressed Sophie went down to the Wilshire Division of the LAPD and filed a missing persons report. The police took down the details, but knew that the young starlet was probably just out on a fling and would probably show up in a day or two. They had not even put her name on the police teletype as a missing person. The following day, an alarmed employee at Griffith Park reported finding Jean Spanglerís purse near the Fern Dell entrance to the park.

Investigators converged on the scene and what they found sparked one of the biggest manhunts in LAPD history. The purseís double handles had been ripped off at one end, intimating the possibility of violence but it was the note inside the purse, written in Jeanís hand, that intrigued the detectives even more. It read: "Kirk Ė Canít wait any longer. Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work out best this way while mother is awayÖ"

The unsigned note ended with a comma, indicating that Jean had not had time to finish her thoughts.

After a 60-man search of Griffith Park turned up no additional clues, investigators went to work reconstructing Jeanís last hours before her disappearance. Dexter Benner denied having seen Jean for weeks, a story backed up by Bennerís new wife. A check of the studios determined that no movies had been in production that night of the seventh. Jean had last been seen at a local market where the clerk said she appeared to be "waiting for someone."

Robert Cummings, star of Pretty Girl, the last film Jean had been working on, threw some light on who the "someone" might have been when he told police two weeks before her disappearance he had been sitting on his dressing room steps at Columbia Studios when the pretty starlet had walked by whistling. "You sound happy," Cummings remembered telling her.

"I am," Jean replied. "I have a new romance."

"Is it serious?"

"Not really," Jean told the popular star. "But Iím having the time of my life."

The only clue the police had to the identity of Jeanís romantic interest was the name "Kirk." Hearing news reports about the case, actor Kirk Douglas phoned investigators from Palm Springs where he was vacationing, and volunteered that Jean may have worked as an extra in his last film, but claimed he barely remembered her. "I didnít remember the girl until a friend recalled that it was she who worked as an extra inÖone of my pictures," Douglas told the Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Thad Brown. "If sheís the one Iím thinking about, IO do recall talking to her that day. But I never saw her before or after that and have never been out with her." (Today, Mr. Douglas offers that "the incident was so long ago, (I) have very little recollection about it," but nonetheless "wishes me success" with this investigation.)

Jeanís mother wasnít much more help. "I heard her talk about a ĎKirkí she knew around the sets," she said. "But she was at first one studio then another. I simply canít remember."

The plot thickened when one of Jeanís girlfriends revealed that Jean had told her she was pregnant, adding a possibly ominous significance to the love affair and Jeanís urgency in seeing the mysterious "Dr. Scott." The reference about things working out better while her mother was way made sense in that context, too, in that Jeanís mother had been visiting relatives in Kentucky during the time Jean disappeared.

None of Jeanís relatives had any idea as to the identity of "Dr. Scott" and police questioning of every doctor in Los Angeles area with that last name turned up nothing. Canvassing the bars and nightclubs of the Sunset Strip Jean frequented, detectives learned of a shadowy ex-medical student known as "Doc," the allegedly profligate son of a wealthy Eastern family, who hung around the Strip and performed abortions for a fee. They were not able to locate him, however.

The detectives traveled to the desert to check out the Palm Springs watering holes Jean and other Hollywood stars and would-beís frequented on weekends away from the klieg lights ó the Chi Chi, the Dunes, the Doll House, the Saddle & Sirloin. Nothing.

The only "Scott" the investigators could come up with in Jeanís past was a handsome air corps lieutenant named "Scotty" with whom Jean had carried on an affair while her husband was in the army in the South Pacific. Jeanís former lawyer told police that "Scott" had beaten up Jean when she tried to break up with him and threatened to kill her if she left him. As far as the lawyer knew, however, Jean had never seen the lieutenant after her divorce in 1945.

After three weeks, the case seemed to be at a dead end. "The only thing weíve been able to find out," one detective said tiredly, "is that this girl really got around." Among the many people she "got around" with ó a wealthy nightclub owner, a rich playboy, a prominent educator, an assortment of actors and jet-setters, all of whom were linked to the actress at one time or another during the investigation ó was David (Little Davy) Ogul, the henchman of notorious gang boss Mickey Cohen, who disappeared coincidentally two days after Jean Spangler, while under indictment for conspiracy charges. The detectives returned to Palm Springs when an informant told them that Jean had been seen with Ogul in the desert only days before her disappearance.

Mickey Cohen and his crowed had a long history of vacationing and partying in the Springs in those days. One of Cohenís boys, in fact, had worked the door of the illegal gambling club, the Cove (now the Elks Club in Cathedral City), while heíd been a fugitive from justice. Cohen himself frequented Palm Springs, but kept a low profile. He tried to enter the Racquet Club once, but was asked to leave by manger Frank Bogert. "Mickey was around quite a bit, but usually stayed at peopleís houses," Bogert recalls. "He wasnít seen much in public."

But not so with his less well-photographed underlings, who liked the loose and laid-back attitude of Palm Springs in the Ď40s, where they could go out and not get harassed by the police. Although Jean had been seen in Ogulís company in the Springs, as well as that of Mike Howard, another Cohen employee, nothing concrete materialized.

Four months later, the cast took yet another twist when it was reported that U.S. Customs agents in El Paso had shadowed a woman whom they thought was Jean Spangler in the company of Davy Ogul and Frank Niccoli, another Cohen associate who had also been under indictment for conspiracy and who had also vanished a month before Ogul. (The only trace police ever found of Niccoli, incidentally, was his car keys in a sewer on Santa Barbara Street in Los Angeles.)

An employee at the hotel where the trio stayed also identified Jean Spangler from her photograph. The Customs agents told the Los Angeles cops that they had reason to believe that Jean had left El Paso for Las Vegas. Eyewitness reports continued to pour in to police detectives. Jean Spangler had been seen in Northern California, Phoenix, the San Fernando Valley, Mexico City and several times in her old haunt, Palm Springs, but all leads led to naught.

Jeanís ex-husband Dexter Benner, got custody of Christine but two years after the dark-haired beautyís disappearance, an attempt by Benner to have the child adopted by his new wife on the grounds of abandonment was blocked by the court, the judge ruling that there was no proof that Jean Spangler was alive or dead. Jeanís mother by that time had given up hope that her daughter was alive, however. "Iím sure she would have communicated with us if she was alive and free. And nobody can tell me should have left her baby unless she was forced to."

For years, police continued to circulate Jean Spanglerís picture. Louella Parsons went on television offering a $1,000 reward for any information about the missing starletís whereabouts, and, for years, on the anniversary of her disappearance the Los Angeles Times ran a story about the case, but no trace of Jean Spangler was ever uncovered.

That did not mean theories about the disappearance of the starlet did not abound: Jean was done in by the mysterious "Kirk" who killed her when she tried to blackmail him. Jean was killed in a mob hit on Davy Ogul and Frank Niccoli, who were going to testify against Mickey Cohen and the three share a grave in the desert near Palm Springs. Jean was killed by her ex-husband, who wanted custody of their child. Jeanís old lover Scotty resurfaced and murdered Jean in a fit of jealous rage. Jean abandoned her child and her aspirations of stardom to run off with Ogul and is still alive today.

Nearly 50 years later, the still-open case remains one of the mysteries linking the dark side of Hollywood to the night side of the desert.

anthrobones
01-14-2007, 01:40 PM
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/spangler_jean.html

Age progession there?

Bluecat
01-15-2007, 01:24 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Spangler

It's also possible that the film she was going to the "night shoot" for was a pornographic film. It was not uncommon for the time for starlets to resort to pornography or even prostitution (see the Black Dahlia case for the same theory advanced by others). She is also described as a dancer, so she could have had a fairly risque gig that she did not want people to know about. Who knows who she might have come into contact with?

Another reference to Dr. Scott, although discrediting the identity of this person...
http://lmharnisch.blogspot.com/2006/04/blogging-wolfe-book-request-line-xviii.html

Looks like there is a novel based on this that has just come out:
http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2006/09/gone-girl.html
http://www.meganabbott.com/song_is_you.htm

anthrobones
02-08-2008, 09:52 PM
Bumping up

anthrobones
06-05-2008, 11:03 PM
Bumping up

littlehorn
06-06-2008, 07:42 AM
Been awhile since I read about Harvey Glatman but wasn't that around the time period that he was "shooting" photos of starlets, etc.?

Trino
06-06-2008, 08:46 AM
I'm with son, Steve Hodel on this one.

A supporter of Hodel's theory is Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay, a former prosecutor in the Charles Manson case who worked with Steve Hodel for many years. Based on Hodel's evidence, Kay said he would have no reluctance to file a murder case against Dr. Hodel if he was alive.

Steve's sister, age 68, was alive in 2003, when his book came out. She supports Steve's theory.

Ms Suzanne
06-06-2008, 09:26 AM
Hi
I think she looks alot like Elizebeth Short too.I do feel the disappearances could be connected.Did they really investigate if they were.

suzanne

kemo
06-06-2008, 12:24 PM
The mob angle makes for a good read but the most likely explaination is an illegal abortion gone bad (the pregnancy and reference to Dr. Scott). This was not an all together unusual event in the days before Roe Vs. Wade.

fox1950
06-07-2008, 11:08 PM
The mob angle makes for a good read but the most likely explaination is an illegal abortion gone bad (the pregnancy and reference to Dr. Scott). This was not an all together unusual event in the days before Roe Vs. Wade. I agree. I wonder if this was an abortion gone bad-that might have hurt some famous person's career. I think she was disposed of to keep everything quite.

anthrobones
06-07-2008, 11:35 PM
Was "Kirk" supposed to be Kirk Douglas?

Bluecat
06-17-2008, 08:36 PM
Alleged, but unconfirmed. He claimed not to know her, and she never mentioned a last name. Also, he was out of town when she disappeared. Supposedly police were suspicious anyway because he contacted the police before they tried to contact him. I suspect that someone from the studio knew that his name had come up in the investigation and contacted him to try to nip any possible scandal in the bud. He denied knowing Jean except through her being an extra on one of his movies - but supposedly her mother saw him pick Jean up at her house at least twice, so who knows.

Interesting that her purse was found near or at the gate to Griffith Park...apparently over 200 people made a search there for her. Of course, there are definitely areas of the park that are quite rugged, and it's possible that her remains are still in the park somewhere, possibly having been attacked there while walking home? She had no money, so she would not have been able to take a streetcar or a cab.

anthrobones
08-10-2009, 02:14 AM
Bumping up

Lyn1001
08-10-2009, 12:21 PM
Just thought I would throw it out there that I find it odd her ex was dismissed simply on his new wife's word. How often do relatives/significant others cover for someone? Is there anyone else who can verify Mr. Benner's story?

gaia227
08-10-2009, 03:02 PM
I always thought there might be a possibility there might be a connection between Spangler's disappearence and the murders of Elizabeth Short and Georgette Bauerdorf.

Georgette looks similar to the other two women. She was murdered in 1944 in her home. There are some loose connections between she and Short. They both frequented the same hollywood canteen and allegedly Georgette even mentions Short in her diary.
http://georgettebauerdorf.com/

Ice Cold Case: Georgette Bauerdorf(20); Oil Heiress Murdered in Her Home in 1944 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgette_Bauerdorf

anthrobones
08-10-2009, 03:21 PM
Anyone know if her daughter is still alive?

Richard
10-19-2009, 01:00 AM
Jean disappeared 60 years ago this month.

Several photos of her at this link:

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/436dfca.html

scriptgirl
11-18-2009, 08:49 PM
I don't believe the Hodel angle. I don't think he is the Black Dahlia
killer, nor do I think he had anything to do with Jeanís appearance. Both Elizabeth and Jean seemed to have associated with some rather seedy characters..

I get the vibe that Kirk Douglas knows more than he claims. It is widely believed that he raped Natalie Wood when she was a teen and I have heard from industry friends that there are some rather unsavory facts that will come out when Douglas dies.

LA from the time period of Georgette Bauerdorfís death at least till the early 50s was a very dangerous place for young brunettes. An alarming number of young women went missing, were murdered or raped during that time.

Richard
11-19-2009, 09:15 AM
I don't believe the Hodel angle...
I get the vibe that Kirk Douglas knows more than he claims. It is widely believed that he raped Natalie Wood when she was a teen and I have heard from industry friends that there are some rather unsavory facts that will come out when Douglas dies....


Kirk Douglas will be 93 years old on December 9th. He published an autobiography recently.

scriptgirl
11-19-2009, 11:48 AM
I know Kirk still alive. He actually has published 2 autobios

MaryLiz
11-19-2009, 12:34 PM
I can't help but agree with you, scriptgirl, that Kirk Douglas knows more about this than what he is telling. A lot of those stars from the Golden Age were involved in some shady stuff and the studios fiercely protected them and kept things quiet. I have long felt that Kirk Douglas was somehow more involved in the disappearance of Jean Spangler than what is generally known.

scriptgirl
11-19-2009, 12:45 PM
Exactly. There was a doc on Jean's disappearance-it was mainly about the Black Dahlia-but Kirk came off looking shady as hell.

Kat
09-25-2010, 05:59 PM
Bump

Next month will mark 61 years that Jean has been missing. Come home soon.

momtolil
09-25-2010, 09:37 PM
Thanks for bumping. I had forgotten about this case. I wish this case would get re-opened with a new set of eyes. I bet a lot of info could be uncovered, especially now that there are no longer big studio's protecting people and keeping witnesses quiet. The Kirk Douglas angle is interesting. Kirk is not that common of a name (especially in one town) and they did work together in a movie. Makes me wonder if he did know more about her then he led on.

MaryLiz
09-25-2010, 10:08 PM
Thanks for bumping. I had forgotten about this case. I wish this case would get re-opened with a new set of eyes. I bet a lot of info could be uncovered, especially now that there are no longer big studio's protecting people and keeping witnesses quiet. The Kirk Douglas angle is interesting. Kirk is not that common of a name (especially in one town) and they did work together in a movie. Makes me wonder if he did know more about her then he led on.

Thanks from me for bumping this too, Kat. I keep forgetting about this case as well. I have long thought Kirk Douglas WAS the Kirk mentioned in the note. I've read lots of bios of stars from the 30s and 40s and it's just unbelievable how studio heads rushed to the scene of a crime and did damage control in those days. I also believe that the major studios had the Los Angeles DA on their payroll...there were just too many things that were covered up back then. That's why I've always thought Kirk Douglas knew more about Jean's disappearance than what he said.

momtolil
09-25-2010, 10:14 PM
I started reading a little more on this case and found that short blurb about a couple Jean's Hollywood friends and fellow "Earl Carroll Girls" had to say about her disappearance. Probably gossip, but interesting none the less....

Tom Willett
Hollywoodscreams.com

I first heard of "Jeanie" Spangler while I was at a Hollywood party. I was with some old friends who were show business old timers in Hollywood. Two of the ladies at the party had been Earl Carroll girls. Earl Carroll had a theater in Hollywood which boasted "Through these portals walk the most beautiful girls in the world." To have been an Earl Carroll girl was as much a trophy of beauty as being Miss America.


http://www.hollywoodscreams.com/true.html

Claudette
05-19-2011, 09:16 PM
Scott is a first name too....sounds like they only checked last names though.

Pisces Cloud
06-04-2011, 07:56 AM
I can't help but agree with you, scriptgirl, that Kirk Douglas knows more about this than what he is telling. A lot of those stars from the Golden Age were involved in some shady stuff and the studios fiercely protected them and kept things quiet. I have long felt that Kirk Douglas was somehow more involved in the disappearance of Jean Spangler than what is generally known.

Indeed. If the allegations in the link below are true then that can also be added to the list of shady Hollywood dealings that should have been investigated. I'm not relating this to Doulglas and Spangler, btw, as I think the link refers to a later date than the 40s.

http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2009/10/four-for-friday-halloween-version.html

MaryLiz
07-28-2011, 10:39 AM
Updated Charley Project file on Jean.

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/spangler_jean.html

momtolil
07-28-2011, 11:06 PM
Indeed. If the allegations in the link below are true then that can also be added to the list of shady Hollywood dealings that should have been investigated. I'm not relating this to Doulglas and Spangler, btw, as I think the link refers to a later date than the 40s.

http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2009/10/four-for-friday-halloween-version.html

Wow... That story in your link is intriguing. Now I want to know the answer to this mystery. It's a few years old. Does the blogger ever give up any names in later entries?

The dates may not march, but the story never really gave any concrete dates, did it? Is there any way that the girl in the story (if it's true) could be Jean? It could explain why there are so few clues in her case. and possibly why the Kirk Douglas angle was never really looked into.

MaryLiz
07-29-2011, 08:31 PM
The thing I found odd about KD was the fact that he called the police before they even made a connection that the "Kirk" mentioned in the note could have been him. From the quote below, I don't believe he was even on their radar yet, but he called them while vacationing in Palm Springs. I don't think he had anything to do with her disappearance per se, but I think he knows what happened.

From Jean's Wiki page: (BBM)
"Spangler had completed a bit part in the then unfinished film Young Man With a Horn starring the actor Kirk Douglas. Douglas was vacationing in Palm Springs and heard about the disappearance. He called the police and told them he was not the Kirk mentioned in the note before police knew there was any connection. Douglas was interviewed by the head of the investigating team and stated that he had heard the name and that Spangler had been an extra in his new film, but he didn't know her personally."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Spangler

momtolil
07-30-2011, 06:45 PM
The thing I found odd about KD was the fact that he called the police before they even made a connection that the "Kirk" mentioned in the note could have been him. From the quote below, I don't believe he was even on their radar yet, but he called them while vacationing in Palm Springs. I don't think he had anything to do with her disappearance per se, but I think he knows what happened.

From Jean's Wiki page: (BBM)
"Spangler had completed a bit part in the then unfinished film Young Man With a Horn starring the actor Kirk Douglas. Douglas was vacationing in Palm Springs and heard about the disappearance. He called the police and told them he was not the Kirk mentioned in the note before police knew there was any connection. Douglas was interviewed by the head of the investigating team and stated that he had heard the name and that Spangler had been an extra in his new film, but he didn't know her personally."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Spangler

I agree with you Maryliz. I always thought it was strange that he kind of jumped the gun with notifying the police. I always wondered why nobody ever mentioned that or thought it was fishy.

youshouldveknown
08-16-2011, 03:36 PM
Apparently they did find it suspicious, and they questioned and investigated Douglas, but it didn't really lead anywhere.

STANDREID
08-16-2011, 08:03 PM
I have to wonder how many Kirks Jean knew but, if memory serves me correctly, Jean's mom supposedly saw the Kirk she was dating from a distance and didn't think it was Douglas. A TV program covered this case but I don't remember which one right now.

MaryLiz
08-16-2011, 09:26 PM
I have to wonder how many Kirks Jean knew but, if memory serves me correctly, Jean's mom supposedly saw the Kirk she was dating form a distance and didn't think it was Douglas. A TV program covered this case but I don't remember which one right now.

Stan, it was on Mysteries and Scandals, the show that used to be on E!

It's on youtube in four parts. Here is Part One:

Jean Spangler - Part 1 - Mysteries and Scandals (2001) - YouTube


I haven't had time to watch part one all the way through. I want to watch the whole show but won't have time until next weekend maybe.

STANDREID
08-16-2011, 09:33 PM
Thanks Mary. I was thinking it was one of those types of shows and it was the first I heard of the case.

scriptgirl
11-14-2011, 01:06 PM
I want to know whatever happened to Jean's ex and her daughter?

Robin Hood
11-15-2011, 07:48 AM
I want to know whatever happened to Jean's ex and her daughter?

There was a person listed on LDS called Dexter Benner born 1920 died in 2007 his social security number was issued in CA, can't see anything for the daughter though.

momtolil
11-15-2011, 12:20 PM
Thanks MaryLiz for the "Mysteries & Scandals" link. I always loved that show. I liked the E channel back then before it became Kardashian TV.

Anyway I remember that episode, I think it was the first time I heard about Jean Spangler. The show really filled in a lot of the gaps. I still wonder about her daughter and ex though. He may be dead by now but I'm sure she is still around. It sounded like the show producers were able to locate them. I wonder if his contempt of court charges were ever taken care of or did they live in hiding for the rest of their lives?
I know she wouldn't have information to solve the case but I would love to hear from her.

scriptgirl
11-15-2011, 02:05 PM
didn't that show imply that jean's sister got custody of the kid and they moved out of state?

MaryLiz
11-15-2011, 06:56 PM
I want to know whatever happened to Jean's ex and her daughter?

According to the Wiki article on Jean Spangler, Dexter Benner was born March 20, 1920 and died May 7, 2007. Their daughter was born April 22, 1944. I assume she is still alive but I can't find out any info on her.

Jean Spangler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

scriptgirl
11-16-2011, 12:53 PM
That man had a very long life. Is there any way to pull obits for him to see who showed up-maybe we can trace Jean's daughter from that.

Pisces Cloud
11-17-2011, 06:41 AM
Wow... That story in your link is intriguing. Now I want to know the answer to this mystery. It's a few years old. Does the blogger ever give up any names in later entries?

The dates may not march, but the story never really gave any concrete dates, did it? Is there any way that the girl in the story (if it's true) could be Jean? It could explain why there are so few clues in her case. and possibly why the Kirk Douglas angle was never really looked into. I don't think he'll reveal this one. Also, it could well be from that era but I'd be surprised if all those were still alive in 2007, but Douglas is and so you never know. I always found it a bit suspicious that Jack Nicholson bought Marlon Brando's house then had it knocked down, but I doubt they'd be classed as being around during the glory days of Hollywood.

Robin Hood
11-17-2011, 07:21 AM
From the post by Anthrobones on page 1, post 13

''Jeanís ex-husband Dexter Benner, got custody of Christine but two years after the dark-haired beautyís disappearance, an attempt by Benner to have the child adopted by his new wife on the grounds of abandonment was blocked by the court, the judge ruling that there was no proof that Jean Spangler was alive or dead. Jeanís mother by that time had given up hope that her daughter was alive, however. "Iím sure she would have communicated with us if she was alive and free. And nobody can tell me should have left her baby unless she was forced to."

scriptgirl
11-17-2011, 12:36 PM
weird move on the dad's part-why would the dad have filed to have his new wife adopt the child. Wouldn't the new wife have filed the paperwork?

Robin Hood
11-18-2011, 01:18 AM
weird move on the dad's part-why would the dad have filed to have his new wife adopt the child. Wouldn't the new wife have filed the paperwork?

Maybe it was just worded that way.

scriptgirl
11-18-2011, 01:12 PM
Still sounds shady as hell. And so does this hubby, but I don't think he was involved in Jean going missing

Robin Hood
11-19-2011, 07:15 AM
Here you go http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/obituaries/archives/1000_13_May_2007.shtml#BENNER, Dexter

Christine Williams appears to be Dexter and Jeans daughter.

scriptgirl
11-19-2011, 02:56 PM
I wonder how much Christine knows about her mother's death

momtolil
11-19-2011, 03:26 PM
I wonder how much Christine knows about her mother's death

I'm sure she wasn't told much growing up, But she must have heard about it as an adult. I would like to know her thoughts.

I'm hoping they at least told her good things about her mother and didn't paint her to be the loose party girl that the papers of the day did.

scriptgirl
11-19-2011, 04:55 PM
the papers really did a number on Jean. I wonder what she really was like. She did seem to live fast.
I wonder if the LAPD files on her murder are intact or if they are a mess like the Black Dahlia files.

Robin Hood
11-20-2011, 09:47 PM
I wasn't aware that Lynn (Dexters wife) was formerly Lynn Lasky, having been married to Ely Lasky a close associate of Mickey Cohen the gangster who went missing 3 days after Jean went missing. Small world methinks. Sometimes, too small.

momtolil
11-20-2011, 11:59 PM
I wasn't aware that Lynn (Dexters wife) was formerly Lynn Lasky, having been married to Ely Lasky a close associate of Mickey Cohen the gangster who went missing 3 days after Jean went missing. Small world methinks. Sometimes, too small.

Wow Small world indeed. It sure seems like there could be a connection there.
Even if it were something like someone doing a favor for Dexter and Lynn.

I'm surprised the second wife had mob connections. I was under the impression that she had been sqeaky clean. It seems strange to me that they were able to question Jean's lifestyle in court when Lynn was also associated with the mob.

Robin Hood
11-21-2011, 03:46 AM
Wow Small world indeed. It sure seems like there could be a connection there.
Even if it were something like someone doing a favor for Dexter and Lynn.

I'm surprised the second wife had mob connections. I was under the impression that she had been sqeaky clean. It seems strange to me that they were able to question Jean's lifestyle in court when Lynn was also associated with the mob.

Spot on.

Edited to add link http://www.bethshort.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6738

I found this page interesting.

scriptgirl
11-21-2011, 11:58 AM
Are Lynn and Ely Lasky still alive. Interesting indeed. I don't believe in coincidence.

Robin Hood
11-21-2011, 12:30 PM
Are Lynn and Ely Lasky still alive. Interesting indeed. I don't believe in coincidence.

Lynn was alive in 2007, she was mentioned in the obit notice for Dexter.

scriptgirl
11-21-2011, 01:07 PM
I wonder what Lynn knows.

momtolil
11-21-2011, 01:45 PM
Are Lynn and Ely Lasky still alive. Interesting indeed. I don't believe in coincidence.

According to the post above by Robin Hood, Lansky went missing shortly after Jean.

Robin Hood
11-21-2011, 03:59 PM
According to the post above by Robin Hood, Lansky went missing shortly after Jean.

Two different people Momtolil, Lasky and Lansky. Have a look at the bethshort link.

http://www.bethshort.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6738

momtolil
11-23-2011, 12:37 AM
Two different people Momtolil, Lasky and Lansky. Have a look at the bethshort link.

http://www.bethshort.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6738


Opps, names are so close, sorry.

my_tee_mouse
02-03-2012, 12:20 PM
The case is featured on MSNBC's website today:

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/03/10309321-cold-case-1940s-starlets-death-is-a-mystery

"It's absolutely a classic noir mystery," said Denise Hamilton, a former LA Times reporter turned novelist. She reveals that her mystery, "The Last Embrace," was inspired by the Spangler case."

"You have a beautiful, young starlet. Brunette. She's sultry. She's tall. She's leggy. And she's trying to make it in Hollywood," Hamilton said.

Richard
02-03-2012, 08:29 PM
I wonder if she inspired the Hollies as well:

...
A pair of forty fives made me open my eyes
My temperature started to rise
She was a long cool woman in a black dress
Just five nine
Beautiful
Tall
With just one look I was a bad mess
'Cause that long cool woman had it all.
...

Buffalo
02-03-2012, 09:27 PM
Found this link: http://www.mariamusikka.com/jeanspangler_timeline.htm. Form some reason, I can't copy and paste it here. In that link, there are more information. I don't know where the webmaster of that link got the Frenso part from.

Also I am looking for her weight and height so I can look thru DoeNetwork for any possible match.

Reader
02-04-2012, 07:31 PM
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/03/10309321-cold-case-1940s-starlets-death-is-a-mystery

It was one of those cases that seemed straight out of pulp fiction, a noir mystery written by one of those hard-boiled scribes who liked to surround damsels in distress with mobsters and movie stars.

Yet it was real life. And it defied solution.

Not because there were no clues. Perhaps because there were too many--all pointing in different directions.

The damsel was aspiring actress Jean Spangler, 26, whose mysterious 1949 disappearance is still considered an "open case" by LAPD's cold case unit.
------

'She's a party girl'

A divorced mother of a five-year-old, Spangler was still looking for her big break, and making time for an active social life.

"She's a party girl. She goes out with a lot of people: gangsters, movie stars, Hollywood executives. They found her little black book after she disappeared, and there were a lot of prominent names in it," said Hamilton.

She was last seen near her Park LaBrea area apartment on the Friday evening of Oct. 7, 1949.

Over that weekend, a Griffith Park Ranger found a purse near the entrance to Ferndell. Inside was Spangler's ID, and also a cryptic note addressed to someone named Kirk.


More at link....

Cubby
02-04-2012, 07:59 PM
There is a thread for Jean Spangler's case here:

CA CA - Jean Spangler, 27, Los Angeles, Oct 1949 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


ETA: I asked the mods to move this thread to the thread already dedicated to Jean's case.

scriptgirl
02-25-2012, 05:28 PM
Rest assured, there is some old timer in Hollywood somewhere that knows what really happened and why.

kline
03-05-2012, 05:29 AM
She certainly was a beautiful lady.
That note would certainly lead one to beleive she was going to have an abortion perhaps it went wrong and she died not unheard of back in those days.
Wasnt Fern Dell Park supposed to be some kind of trysting ground for Male Homosexuals back then?
I was looking at a map of Griffith Park Having never been to L.A. I had heard of it mentioned many times before in different contexts but I had no idea it was so huge.
I think from looking at the map that inspite of teh '200 man search' her body could still be in there somewhere especially if it was concealed rather then dumped
Of course with her purse being found so easy whoever killed her may have wanted authorities to think she was in there somewhere.

momtolil
03-05-2012, 02:05 PM
Rest assured, there is some old timer in Hollywood somewhere that knows what really happened and why.

I just wish they would talk. What a story.

Odyssey
05-03-2012, 12:32 AM
Ancestry has a database of WWII army enlistment records. It is possible to search for enlistees to the Army Air Corps specifically, and then narrow further by the last name Scott and from Los Angeles County. It will be time consuming so wanted to see if anyone has done this already before I start trying to weed through them?

Richard
09-19-2012, 02:30 PM
The manner of Jean's death and dismemberment indicates a very sick individual who seemed to have developed/evolved to an advanced stage evil. He certainly was not just a drunken sailor or a young kid. This guy was older and had some specific skills and talents. It is most likely that he had killed before and after Jean's murder.

scriptgirl
09-19-2012, 07:33 PM
How can you say she was dismembered? Her body was never found. The only trace ever found of old girl was her purse.

Sue Doe Nimm
09-23-2012, 10:57 PM
How can you say she was dismembered? Her body was never found. The only trace ever found of old girl was her purse.

I think Richard was referring to Elizabeth Short, but accidentally typed Jean's name instead.

scriptgirl
09-24-2012, 11:23 AM
Oh. I still wonder what happened to Jean's daughter. Does she ever think about her mom?

Richard
09-25-2012, 09:33 AM
I think Richard was referring to Elizabeth Short, but accidentally typed Jean's name instead.

My mistake. Yes, I was referring to Elizabeth Short, who was murdered in Los Angeles around the same time frame. I have always felt that her case was connected to the disappearance of Jean Spangler and that Jean may have met a similar fate.

scriptgirl
09-25-2012, 12:39 PM
Not sure those 2 were connected. To me, it is much more likely that Georgette Bauerdorf was connected to the Dahlia case