The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 9

David Bacon Case

Note: This post has been corrected. See details below.

In case you just tuned in, we have been going through the case of actor David G.G. Bacon, who was stabbed to death Sept. 12, 1943, in a case that remains unsolved. I hadn’t planned on such an extensive series of posts, but Steven Bibb has graciously shared some of his material and it’s quite interesting.

The “Masked Marvel Murder” Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

This is a photo of Lee Jones of the LAPD crime lab, holding what has been described as “the bathrobe” found in Bacon’s car after he jumped the curb on Washington Boulevard and staggered from the vehicle.

David Bacon Bathrobe
My initial reaction was: Gosh, that’s an odd-looking bathrobe. Granted, this is not a great reproduction and the garment is quite bloody and rumpled. Still, it seems to me that this isn’t a terrycloth robe, but made of some other fabric. And I don’t see a belt or any loops for a belt. So you folks who are into vintage clothing (you know who you are), what do you think?

For the record: A previous version of this post said: “You may recall that Wayne Powell said he took a bathrobe from the car and put it under Bacon’s head as the actor was lying on the ground.” Powell actually put a sweater under Bacon’s head.

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6 Responses to The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 9

  1. I thought he put the sweater under his head.


  2. Gary Martin says:

    A label can be seen at the top of the garmet so we are looking at the inside of it …we would not be able to see belt loops.On the right side we can see a sleeve and it ends in a cuff as if it were a dress shirt. The bottom has a narrow rolled hem also like a dress shirt and which indicates as well that it is a light weight shirting material …maybe just a beach wrap …but why the cuffed sleeve? I am not at all familliar with evidence from crime scenes but the amount of blood on the material appears to me to be prodigeous justifying that the gentleman bleed to death. And how did the blood get on the “robe” if he was not wearing it? Was it placed over the back of the driver’s seat , before the stabbing, perhaps to make it more comfortable for some reason?


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    It looks more like cotton or linen to me.


  4. Greg Clancey says:

    From the bit of the pattern that shows in the upper left of the CU, it looks more like a smoking jacket. You know, like the kind Hef wears.


  5. Don Danard says:

    By the way, there’s an interesting side bar to the Masked Marvel murder; one of the other players in the serial was one Rod Bacon – no relation to David – and he, Rod, died under very mysterious circumstances as well; he received a very serious ….well, it killed him….head wound. And I believe that murder was never solved as well!!


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