In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve into Hollywood myths.
Here’s a statement that I had bypassed earlier.
As longtime readers know, I dislike posting morgue photos – I think it encourages the worst sort of voyeurism.* So when I ran across this statement in E.J. Fleming’s “The Fixers,” I ignored it. (Recall that despite the claim that “injuries seen by his wife were ignored in the autopsy,” Healy’s widow, Betty, never saw his body and didn’t attend his funeral because she was in the hospital after giving birth to their son.)
However, two death photos of Healy appear on Page 68 of the Jeff and Tom Forrester’s “The Three Stooges.” In contrast to the claims in “The Fixers,” Healy has a couple of nicks over his left eye and a metal clip that was described in news reports. I was expecting something like the death photos of Elizabeth Short – but it’s not even close.
To be continued next week.
*This especially means all of you looking for the death photos of Carole Lombard. Get a life!