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Wheeler-Weaver’s first victim was 19-year-old Robin West.
According to her mother, West struggled with mental health issues
and had been a sex worker at the time of her disappearance on Aug.
The next day, local police responded to calls about a fire in an
abandoned house. Upon entering the home, they discovered West’s
Her body was so badly burned that she could not be identified
until two weeks later through her dental records. Due to the state
of her remains, her cause of death could not be determined.
When he was later questioned about West’s murder, Wheeler-Weaver
that he had gone for a meal with West and dropped her off at an
abandoned house about two blocks from where she was found.
Before detectives could make sense of the strange story, another
woman disappeared under similar circumstances.
left, and Joanne Brown, right, were both murdered by Wheeler-Weaver
less than two months apart.
Joanne Brown, who was 33 in 2016, was struggling with
homelessness and also had mental health problems. She was last seen
getting into Wheeler-Weaver’s car on Oct. 22, 2016, and reported
missing later that month.
On Dec. 5, 2016, Brown’s remains were discovered in a different
abandoned house. Tape covered her nose and mouth. She had been
strangled to death.
“You’re Not A Serial Killer, Right?”
On Nov. 22, 2016, Wheeler-Weaver murdered his third and final
victim, 20-year-old Sarah Butler, a second-year student at New
Jersey City University.
Butler was a deviation from Wheeler-Weaver’s other victims as
she was not a sex worker and did not struggle with mental health
issues. She was also close to her family and in the middle of
earning a degree.
Essex County assistant prosecutor Adam Wells later described the
Tagged killer’s usual victims as “somehow less than human, less
valuable. Maybe they wouldn’t be missed.”
Wheeler-Weaver’s murder of Sarah Butler would turn out to be a
grave mistake and would ultimately result in his capture.
FacebookSarah Butler was
Wheeler-Weaver’s final victim. Her family would eventually be
responsible for bring Wheeler-Weaver to justice.
Butler was home for Thanksgiving when she met Wheeler-Weaver on
Tagged, a social media app. The two had planned to go out before,
but Butler decided against it. But when Wheeler-Weaver offered her
$500 for sex, she agreed.
Butler jokingly texted him, “You’re not a serial killer,
Butler told her mother she was going to meet a friend and
borrowed her van. Thinking nothing of it, her mother said goodbye.
This was the last time anyone would see Sarah Butler alive.
Her body was discovered on Dec. 1, 2016, at the 400-acre Eagle
Rock Reservation in West Orange.
Bringing Down The Tagged Killer
On Nov. 15, 2016, just before Butler’s demise, another woman
identified only as “T.T.” approached authorities regarding an
encounter she had with Wheeler-Weaver that almost left her
The woman was 34-years-old, several months pregnant, and had
recently become homeless. She relied on sex work to get by. She
told authorities she had made a deal with Wheeler-Weaver to pay her
They met at a motel in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and left in
Wheeler-Weaver’s car. But then he put on a ski mask and proceeded
to handcuff T.T. duct tape her mouth. He raped her in the back of
the car and strangled her to the point that she lost
When she awoke, T.T. somehow managed to persuade her captor to
drive her back to the motel. Once there, she ran into a room and
locked the door. She called 911, but Wheeler-Weaver was gone by the
time police arrived.
Sarah Butler’s family and friends were determined for justice
and so took matters into their own hands. Butler’s sister knew the
passwords to her social media accounts, including Tagged.
Logging onto Butler’s account, she looked through her
communications from the time she disappeared and discovered
Butler’s sister created a fake profile on Tagged and approached
Montclair police about what to do next. Together they arranged a
On Dec.6, 2016, Wheeler-Weaver arrived at the location he had
arranged with his “date” and was instead met by undercover police
officers. He was subsequently taken into custody.
Where The Case Currently Stands
In February 2017, Wheeler-Weaver was indicted on three counts of
murder, one count of attempted murder, aggravated arson,
desecration of human remains, aggravated sexual assault, and
He pled of not guilty to the three murders and the charge of
On the day he was taken into custody, authorities searched the
Tagged killer’s home and found three cell phones in his
These revealed many pieces of incriminating evidence, including
searches Wheeler-Weaver had made that proved he’d lied to
detectives about his whereabouts at the time the three women
His internet searches included: “How to make homemade poisons to
kill humans” and “What chemical could you put on a rag and hold to
someone’s face to make them go to sleep immediately.”
It appeared that Wheeler-Weaver also thought about applying to
become a police officer as he’d also searched: “police entrance
exam practice test.”
CBS news coverage on the prosecution of Khalil
After tracking Wheeler-Weaver’s cell phone, authorities could
place him at the abandoned house containing West’s which was set on
fire in September 2016. His phone records also revealed that he had
initially driven away but then went back to watch the building
Prosecutors also showed that the last person to call Joanne
Brown before she disappeared was none other than Wheeler-Weaver
himself. He picked her up, brought her to the abandoned house, and
spent about an hour there before he left.
Her body was found in the home around six weeks later.
But the story is still developing. On Dec. 11, 2019, the
prosecution rested their case.
From a drunken joyride in Amish country to Russia's
first-ever slapping contest, let's take a look back on the year's
funniest news stories.
PixabayThese funny news
stories made our year, did they make yours?
With the end of the year in sight and all our fatigue with 2019
hitting its breaking point, we’ve compiled some funny news stories
that came out this past year to help us through it.
From a pee-in-a-jar viral stunt on Twitter to a farting lawsuit
in Australia, here is a round-up of 15 of the funniest news stories
that gave us a laugh.
Did The Funniest News Story Of The Year Involve Vita Coco And
Coco/TwitterVita Coco’s rep
confirmed that this was, in fact, really a jar of pee.
In recent years, we’ve seen a big shift in corporate brands
trying to interact with customers through social media — to varying
levels of success. But nobody would have expected just how far one
beverage brand would go.
In what can only be brandished as an extreme PR move that made
funny news headlines, the coconut water brand Vita Coco tweeted a
photo of a jar of piss
to one of its critics online.
It all started when amateur MMA fighter-turned-blogger Tony
Posnanski tweeted out his list of “unpopular opinions” — one of
them turned out to be anti-coconut water.
“Coconut water is disgusting. Even if it is from a baby
coconut,” Posnanski wrote. Vita Coco sent out its own tweet in
response: “Unpopular Opinion: there is such a thing as too many
eggs,” in reference to Posnanski’s Twitter bio crediting him as the
owner of an all-you-can-eat egg restaurant.
Shots were fired and an all-out online banter ensued. Then,
Posnanski finally wrote, “Fuck that. Save that nasty shit for
someone else. I would rather drink your social media persons piss
than coconut water.”
In a rational world, the argument should’ve stopped there.
Instead, the company delivered the final blow when it tweeted a
photo to Posnanski of Vita Coco’s social media staffer Lane
Rawlings holding a jar of yellowish liquid. The accompanying
caption read simply “Address?”
The company’s stunt quickly went viral and inspired a concoction
of mix responses. Some wondered whether the brand had gone too far
while others found it absolutely hilarious. But more importantly,
the incident begged the question: was that real pee?
“It actually is. [Rawlings] went to the bathroom,” Vita Coco
Brand Director Allison Finazzo said, then added
suspiciously: “I cannot confirm or deny why the pee is the color it
is.” Alas, the true contents of Vita Coco’s pee jar will remain one
of 2019’s biggest — and hilarious — mysteries.
Harlequin ichthyosis, a genetic disorder that
results in overly thick skin that's prone to cracking, used to mean
certain death. Now, some people with the condition have lived into
Schloss/Barcroft Media/Getty ImagesFive-year-old Evan Fascianos’ mother rubs cream on
his neck. He is one of only a couple dozen sufferers of Harlequin
Living with a rare genetic disease can be difficult, painful,
and sometimes even lonely. For those living with the serious skin
disease known as Harlequin ichthyosis, the world can be a
particularly cruel place where harsh judgements, fear, and a lack
of understanding override the necessity of love, care, and
When a newborn baby in Turin, Italy was abandoned by his parents
after they discovered he had Harlequin ichthyosis, nurses at the
local hospital stepped in to help care for him. And while the young
boy is in need of nearly round the clock care to help alleviate the
discomfort that his painful affliction brings, he still knows how
to smile and laugh just like any other child.
Known as Giovannino, staff at the hospital are hoping to get the word out about the baby’s need
for a loving adoptive family who would be happy to provide care for
an innocent child who had been left alone by those who should have
cared for him most.
What Is Harlequin Ichthyosis?
Harlequin ichthyosis — also known as harlequin baby syndrome,
harlequin fetus, and ichthyosis fetalis — is a rare but serious
genetic condition that can be immediately identified at birth.
Babies born with the disease suffer from overly thickened skin
that resembles thick scales (“ichthyosis” comes from the Greek word
for “fish”), and is prone to severe cracks and painful splitting.
Their skin’s thickness also makes it impossible to sweat properly,
leading to an uncomfortable rise in body temperature.
CommonsAn 1886 illustration of a
newborn with Harlequin ichthyosis. Since the 19th century, it’s
become possible to live with the disease.
Those with Harlequin ichthyosis may also have trouble breathing
due to the restricted movements of their chest, arms, and legs.
They’re also prone to infections during the first few weeks of
their lives due to the constant fissuring of their skin. And while
there is currently no cure, modern medical advancements have
greatly improved the life expectancy and quality of life of those
who are diagnosed with the illness.
In 2013, a 20-year-old woman from Arkansas named Stephanie
Turner became the first person with Harlequin ichthyosis to give
birth to a child. Speaking to Good Housekeeping about her experiences
with the disease and motherhood, Turner said:
“Since becoming a mom, my skincare regimen has… evolved. When I
wake up, my skin is super dry and tight, so I have to take a bath
every morning. Before my kids, I would soak for a long time. I’d
check Facebook, relax — it was like a vacation. Now that I have
kids, though, I get them breakfast first and then take a quick
bath. But my two-year-old daughter is playing with my toothbrush in
the bathwater and my three-year-old son is throwing towels. It’s
definitely not a vacation anymore! My life is way more about taking
care of them than of myself, which is how I wanted it to be.
Sadly, just a few months after her story was published, Turner
passed away from complications due her illness. She was only 23
years old, proving that while those with the disease are able to
live past childhood, it is still an illness that claims the lives
of many who are only just beginning to fully experience life and
all it has to offer.
Turner was survived by her loving husband and two children.
There was about a 12 percent chance that each of their children
would have the disease themselves, but neither did.
ProductionsIn 2013, Stephanie
Turner became the first person with Harlequin ichthyosis to have
children. She died a few years later.
Diagnosis And History
Since Harlequin ichthyosis is a genetic disease, it can be
diagnosed before birth via an amniocentesis, a procedure that
requires a pregnant person to have fluid collected from their womb
for testing. Otherwise, the disease can be evident from birth based
on appearance alone.
General knowledge about Harlequin ichthyosis and those who are
born with it has come a long way since the earliest known cases. In
1750, a reverend in South Carolina wrote of his exposure to
patients living with the disease in a diary entry:
“On Thursday, April ye 5th, 1750, I went to see a most
deplorable object of a child, born the night before of one Mary
Evans in ‘Chas’town. It was surprising to all who beheld it, and I
scarcely know how to describe it. The skin was dry and hard and
seemed to be cracked in many places, somewhat resembling the scales
of a fish. The mouth was large and round, and wide open. It had no
external nose, but two holes where the nose would have been. The
eyes appeared to be lumps of coagulated blood, turned out, about
the bigness of a plum, ghastly to behold… It lived about 48
Figure 1 illustrates a patient with
Treating Harlequin Ichthyosis
Medical breakthroughs and the ability to pinpoint specific
genetic variances have helped reveal the exact cause of the
disease: a mutation in the ABCA12 gene. This gene is responsible
for ensuring that an integral protein is created that aids in the
development of skin cells. Harlequin ichthyosis is the result of
either a lack of this protein or a severely lowered amount of
One of the most important aspects of treatment is ensuring that
the skin is constantly moisturized in order to protect the layers
beneath as the thickened skin continually peels off. And while a
diagnosis of Harlequin ichthyosis once meant a certain death
sentence, early intervention and neonatal care have been shown to
Once an newborn’s outer layers of thick skin peel off — during
which time antibiotics are typically administered to prevent
infection – they’re left with dry, red skin. For there on out, it’s
a matter of constantly moistening the skin in order to prevent
further cracking and infection. For the most severe cases, some
doctors also prescribe oral retinoids, which prompt skin cells to
Still, even close medical attention can’t ensure survival. One
that analyzed 45 cases of the disease found only 56 percent of
Beating The Odds
Nusrit “Nelly” Shaheen, a woman from the United Kingdom, is
likely the oldest living person with Harlequin ichthyosis (Diana Gilbert of Bermuda is older, but has a
different type of ichthyosis).
Like Shaheen, Mui Thomas has pursued her love of sports despite
Born in 1984, Shaheen has beaten the odds, living well past the
typical life expectancy of someone with the disease. And she has
not only survived, but thrived. In 2016, when she was 32 years old,
Shaheen was nominated for an award in her hometown of Coventry.
“It is not easy to live with my condition but it is best to stay
positive rather than look at the negative side of things,” she said in 2017. “I like to do things,
go out and enjoy my life.”
Not only does Nelly just enjoy her life, she has found
independence and purpose through her job as a sports coach at a
local elementary school in Coventry. And while she has certainly
managed to stay a positive force for good for herself and others,
she admits that it can be tricky staying confident in a world that
cares so deeply about the way someone looks.
“It is hard to be different in this day and time,” she said.
“You see all these pictures in the magazine… You don’t see anyone
with my condition in the magazine. They want perfect but there is
no such thing as perfect.”
And while Nelly’s journey stretches far beyond the standard
struggles of simply being human, her search for acceptance, feeling
worthy, and feeling beautiful are universal.
Harlequin ichthyosis is a rare disease; only one in 500,000 are
affected in the United States, or just seven births annually. And
with rarity comes the inevitable insensitivity and cruelness of
those who seek to cause pain.
Since filming this segment, Hunter Steinitz has written a play
about ichthyosis and graduated from Westminster College in
In November of 2019, a woman was arrested after making numerous
threats via Instagram, Facebook, and even the GoFundMe page of a
New York mother whose toddler, Anna Riley, suffers from Harlequin
ichthyosis. But after receiving overwhelming support from friends,
neighbors, and strangers, Anna’s mother, Jennie, released a
touching statement regarding her Harlequin ichthyosis and her
“Ichthyosis￼ is incredibly hard for anybody to live with, and I
personally choose to live without hate in my heart. As shocking as
this whole thing has been, I pray that instead of getting angry you
would choose to make a positive out of this and donate to the
foundation for ichthyosis.”
For those living with Harlequin ichthyosis like little
Giovannino in Turin, Anna Riley in New York, and Nelly Shaheen in
England, every day is a gift. But with any debilitating illness,
there is always hope for a cure.
So as modern medicine inches ever forward, bringing new
treatments and innovations into the lives of those who suffer, the
best any and all can do is offer the ever-constant necessity of
love, care, and kindness to those who need it most.
"World's oldest story" found in Indonesia, remains
of ancient shield found alongside rider and chariot, suspected mass
grace from historic massacre discovered.
44,000-Year-Old Animal Painting Found In Indonesian Cave Could
Be “World’s Oldest Story”
SardiScientists have determined a
cave painting depicting what looks to be a hunting scene is more
than 44,000 years old.
Two years ago, an Indonesian archaeologist named Hamrullah — who
is also an avid caver — climbed up a fig tree to access the narrow
entryway of a cave in southern Sulawesi. There, the researcher
discovered an incredible sight: a brown-reddish rock painting
unlike any other found before.
Hamrullah snapped a blurry photo of the rock art on his phone
and sent it to his Australian colleague, Adam Brumm, who was
stunned by what he saw.
Remarkable 2,200-Year-Old Celtic Warrior Grave Complete With
Horses, Chariot, And Shield Unearthed In Yorkshire
ArtsRemains of ancient horses
beside an Iron Age chariot.
Ancient Celtic burials were regarded with great solemnity. A
successful transition into the afterlife was of the utmost
importance. These beliefs are especially evident in the recent
discovery of an elaborate 2,200-year-old Celtic warrior grave which
included an entire chariot with the rider, skeletal remains of the
horses, and an extremely rare gilded shield.
According to the Yorkshire
Post, there have been roughly
20 “chariot graves” like this found in the last century across
England, and mostly in Yorkshire. This particular grave was first
unearthed about a year ago, but it has continued to yield ancient
Researchers May Have Just Located A Mass Grave From The 1921
Tulsa Race Riots
Congress Researchers believe
they have found a mass grave filled with bodies belonging to
victims of the Tulsa race riots.
Those demanding answers for the black victims killed in the
1921 Tulsa race riots
are getting much closer to their wish, after the city announced the
possible discovery of a mass grave site believed to be linked to
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma believe they have
uncovered a possible mass grave site of the riot victims in the
city’s Oaklawn Cemetery. The finding was announced by Scott
Hammerstedt, a senior researcher for the Oklahoma Archeological
Survey, during a public hearing of the city’s ongoing investigation
into the massacre.
"Compared to the size of a typical gingerbread
house that you might buy in a grocery store kit, mine is 20,000
Canadian Centre for
Electron Microscopy/McMaster UniversityA Canadian scientist built this tiny gingerbread
house that measures in at one-tenth the width of a human
There are many ways people can get into the holiday spirit. For
scientists, that might involve integrating some merry cheer into
their particular field. And one very skilled electron microscopy
scientist recently did just that by carving out what is believed to
be the world’s smallest gingerbread house.
by CBC Canada, Travis Casagrande, a research associate at
Canada’s McMaster University, built a miniscule gingerbread house
that is only one-tenth the width of a strand of human hair.
“Compared to the size of a typical gingerbread house that you
might buy in a grocery store kit, mine is 20,000 times smaller,”
The gingerbread house is complete with elaborate details like a
wreath, windows, a door, and chimney. He also carved out a tiny
Canadian flag doormat and the logo of his university on its
But unlike your average gingerbread house, you wouldn’t want to
eat this tiny structure. Instead of gingerbread, Casagrande’s mini
house is made out of silicon, which he used to etch out the tiny
structure’s body using an ion beam microscope. A video of the
intriguing holiday project was published online by the
Casagrande’s work at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
at McMaster University involves electron microscopes, which can be found in
many research laboratories. As the name suggests, these microscopes
use electrons to create an image of an object and can typically
magnify things up to 2 million times.
The major use of this microscope is to take extractions of tiny
materials that often measure in the micrometers. But before the
object can be picked up by the electron microscope, it must be
thinned out to about 200 times thinner so it can be used in a
transmission electron microscope. Otherwise, the electron beam and
the transmission electron microscope wouldn’t be able to transmit
through the sample object.
The high-magnification that these electron microscopes have
makes them very useful for scientists to inspect microorganisms and
cells, medical biopsy samples, molecules, and metal structures,
among other things.
“We are helping researchers understand the structure and
properties of materials, and this is in order to solve problems and
make things stronger, lighter, last longer, more affordable, more
efficient,” Casagrande explained of the lab’s research work.
Believe it or not, the tiny gingerbread house was also placed on
the head of a microscopic winking snowman, making Casagrande’s
Christmas creation even more impressive. The festive details on the
gingerbread house’s exterior and the snowman both show incredible
craftsmanship, precision, and — of course — patience.
Canadian Centre for
Electron Microscopy/McMaster UniversityCasagrande’s tiny gingerbread was built on top of a
“Some of the construction of this was quite unconventional,
though, so I had to come up with new techniques,” he said.
A zoomed-out perspective of the tiny structure and the similarly
tiny snowman placed next to a strand of hair show just how small
the objects really are. By comparison, the piece of hair actually
looks much larger.
“The point of that was sort of to make some jaws drop when you
realize even the snowman, which is much bigger than the house, is
extremely tiny compared to the hair you see next,” Casagrande said.
While the scale of the project appears small, it took an enormous
effort to complete. The delicateness of the microstructures meant
that they had to be done right the first time around.
“There are a lot of opportunities where things can go wrong in
the making of this — and they did,” Casagrande said. “There’s no
undo button.” According to the scientist, the spheres of the
snowman’s body were some of the harder parts to do, even though
they were larger than the pieces he normally works with.
In all, the mini gingerbread house and snowman took two days to
complete. Casagrande said that he hopes his tiny Christmas display
inspires people who aren’t familiar with the field of electron
microscopy and that it demonstrates the important work done using
the lab’s electron microscopes.
This tiny Christmas display isn’t the first time the researcher
has brought major attention to the lab’s micro-sized projects. In
2017, Casagrande erected a tiny Canadian flag on a penny in honor of Canada’s
“We wanted to spark scientific curiosity for the general
population,” he said, “for kids who are maybe thinking of careers
in science, or even for adults.”
Just before Leo, Brad, Charlize, and Keanu became
untouchable, they partied their hearts out in an L.A. free of TMZ
and camera phones in every pocket.
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Hollywood's early 1990s power couple,
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, attend photographer Herb Ritts'
birthday party. Sept. 18, 1990.Barry
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Keanu Reeves at the premiere for
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey at the Hollywood Palladium on
July 11, 1991.Ron Galella/Ron Galella
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Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio,
who became friends while filming The Basketball Diaries.
Nov. 11, 1993.Ke.Mazur/WireImage/Getty
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Angeline Jolie and Peta Wilson hit
the dance floor at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards.Twitter
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Before he was Tyrion Lannister, Peter
Dinklage sang in a band called Whizzy, seen performing here circa
the early 1990s.Twitter
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From left, Patrick Dempsey, Richard
Grieco, Costas Mandylor, and Christian Slater pal around while
celebrating the release of Grieco's film, If Looks Could
Kill, at the Roxbury Club on March 9, 1991.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty
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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder attend
the Mermaids premiere one year into their relationship.
Dec. 10, 1990.Barry
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Charlize Theron celebrating her 22nd
birthday with Hollywood's bright new shining star, Leonardo
DiCaprio, who was smack-dab in the middle of Titanic
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Pauly Shore, Judy Tenuta, and Fabio
squeeze some fun out of Shore's HBO comedy special release party on
Aug. 26, 1992.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron
Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson
arrive at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards after-party at Jimmy's
Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Feb. 24, 1993.Steve Graniz/WireImage/Getty Images
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On the set of My Own Private
Idaho, Keanu Reeves and co-star River Phoenix hang out while
director Gus Van Sant snaps a photo. 1990.Twitter
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A young Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny
Depp attend the L.A. premiere for What's Eating Gilbert
Grape at the Paramount Theater on Dec. 12,
1993.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella
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Patrick Dempsey at the premiere of
If Looks Could Kill, starring Richard Grieco, at the
Roxbury Club on March 9, 1991.Jim
Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Winona Ryder and boyfriend Johnny
Depp attend the premiere for The Silence of the Lambs in
Century City on Feb. 1, 1991.Ron
Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Keanu Reeves and My Own Private
Idaho co-star and friend, River Phoenix.
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Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, and
famous paparazzi photographer Ron Gallela arrive at the 1991 Moving
Picture Ball. The night's event was a tribute to Martin Scorsese's
contributions to cinema. 1991.Frank
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Will Smith and his The Fresh
Prince of Bel Air castmates enjoy the party in celebration of
the show's 100th episode on Sept. 13, 1994.Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
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Rob Lowe enjoys a cigarette outdoors
in Los Angeles. Date unspecified.Barry
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Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich
partying on the floor with some friends. 1995.Randall Slavin
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In the midst of DiCaprio Mania,
magician David Blaine and actor Lukas Haas — who were both part of
DiCaprio's notorious "Pussy Posse," lift their friend up by his
legs. Nov. 2, 1995.Patrick
McMullan/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
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Johnny Depp and gonzo journalist
Hunter S. Thompson became fast friends during preproduction for
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Here they are holding a
reading of Thompson's work at Depp's Viper Room club. Sept. 7,
1996.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc./Getty
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"We were at the Viper Room but I met
Benicio [Del Toro] a few years earlier when he had a small part in
a movie I worked on, Swimming With Sharks," said
photographer Randall Slavin. "Next to him is Joseph Kraemer, who
has gone on to score films, including many of Chris McQuarrie's."
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Richard Grieco and Christian Slater
chill out and have a smoke during the If Looks Could Kill
premiere at the Roxbury Club. March 9, 1991.Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Nicolas Cage and pal Charlie Sheen
have a laugh at a party at Bar One Nightclub in West Hollywood.
June 16, 1990.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron
Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Robert Downey Jr. during his
tumultuous rollercoaster of a life in the early 1990s, pictured
here at All Star Jam Night at the China Club in West Hollywood.
June 26, 1990.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron
Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Keanu Reeves and David Bowie pose for
a photo. 1992.Lester Cohen/Getty
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt pose
for a photo at a party on Sept. 15, 1995.Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
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River Phoenix, K.D. Lang, and Liza
Minnelli. Phoenix died two years later at Johnny Depp's Viper Room
club due to a drug overdose. Feb. 1, 1991.The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Batman himself, Michael Keaton, with
the Penguin, Danny DeVito, and Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer,
attending the Batman Returns premiere in
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Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
at Mann's Chinese Theater for the Young Guns II premiere.
July 30, 1990.Jim Smeal/Ron Galella
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Nicolas Cage has a smoke and a drink
with girlfriend Lisa Stothard at the premiere for the David
Lynch-directed movie Wild at Heart. Aug. 13,
1990.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella
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Marilyn Manson with his new
girlfriend Rose McGowan and Twiggy, Manson's bassist and guitarist.
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Actor Eddie Mills and Reese
Witherspoon backstage at the Wiltern after a Counting Crows
concert. Witherspoon was in the midst of blowing up, with the Mark
Wahlberg-starring Fear having just been released.
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Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler,
heading into All Star Jam Night at the China Club. Feb. 12,
1990.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella
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Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore and
husband Bruce Willis socializing at their shared business venture,
Planet Hollywood. 1990.The LIFE Picture
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Johnny Depp and his post-Winona
girlfriend Kate Moss at the 42nd birthday party for Mickey Rourke —
which Johnny Depp organized and paid for. Sept. 25,
1994.Richard Corkery/NY Daily News
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Mickey Rourke and Johnny Depp at
Rourke's 42nd birthday party, thrown by Depp. Sept. 25,
1994.Lawrence Schwartzwald/Sygma/ Getty
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"[Filming Speed was hard for
me to really be serious because he would look at me and I'd be
like," said Sandra Bullock before making a swooning face. Keanu
Reeves later said, "She obviously didn't know that I had a crush on
her, either." The pair are pictured here at Planet Hollywood in
1994.The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty
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Cameron Diaz and Edward Norton met in
1998, shortly after he'd been nominated for an Academy Award. The
romance didn't last, and Norton went on to date Salma Hayek. Diaz
and Norton are seen partying here in early 1999.KMazur/WireImage/Getty Images
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Gina Gershon and Rob Morrow attend
the Trainspotting premiere after-party. July 15,
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Jude Law with actress Samantha
Mathis. As photographer Randall Slavin later recalled, Mathis
"rented this little house on Hillside, north of Franklin. We had
this amazing summer there. When you're in your 20s and you just all
gather at this house — every day, every night."
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Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix
congratulate their friend, Matt Damon, on his success with Good
Will Hunting. Dec. 4, 1997.Kevin
Mazur Archive/WireImage/Getty Images
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Kate Moss and Oasis frontman Noel
Gallagher, who later admitted, "By 1997 it had just gone berserk. I
was doing loads of drugs and me and [bandmate and brother] Liam
were just out of control." Sept. 29, 1998.Dave Benett/Getty Images
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Goldie Hawn
during a party for Hawn's Death Becomes Her at Planet
Hollywood. July 13, 1992.Ron Galella,
Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Brad Pitt and with John Lydon
(otherwise known as Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols, heading into
a party hosted by David Bowie. Oct. 29, 1995.Ke.Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
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Brooke Shields attends a party for
Quincy Jones at the Roxbury in West Hollywood. July 16,
1990.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella
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Nicolas Cage and friend Charlie Sheen
stick together during a party for Guess Clothing hosted by Claudia
Schiffer. Oct. 13, 1990.Ron Galella,
Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Corey Feldman attends a Planet
Hollywood party in 1993.Time Life
Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Photographer Randall Slavin explained
that Jeremy Davies (on Paul Rudd's shoulders) just wrapped a guest
spot on Buffy, and was super excited. "Then he got cut and
was crushed." Here they are at a Hole show, letting loose.
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Glenn Close and Woody Harrelson at a
performance of the play Brooklyn Laundry at the Coronet
Theatre in West Hollywood. April 25, 1991.Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Judd Nelson at the after-party for
the Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Lounge" Tour at the Hollywood Legion
Hall. Oct. 19, 1994.Ron Galella/Ron
Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Dennis Hopper
hang out like old friends at a party at Club USA. April 2,
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Marisa Tomei at a party for The Naked
Angels Theatre Company. June 10, 1993.Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
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Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg on Sept.
19, 1995.Barry King/WireImage/Getty
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"Cameron Diaz and I talk about this
all the time," said Gwyneth Paltrow. "We're like, 'Thank God in the
early '90s there were [so few] paparazzi. Thank God.' We cry in
gratitude that no one was following us around and seeing what we
were doing... I remember when Brad Pitt and I broke up, it was on
the cover of the New York Post and there was no one
outside my house. That would never happen today." Paltrow is
pictured here with then-boyfriend Brad Pitt Oct. 29, 1995.Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage/Getty
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‘The Last Good Time’: 55 Vintage Photos From Early ’90s
Before there was a camera on every phone and a phone in every
pocket, celebrities could still go out without being all but
certain that their exploits would be recorded by somebody. This is
why the 1990s were perhaps the last era in which Hollywood's hot,
young talent could go out, let loose, and feel more like the
popular kid in school, rather than an alien being documented by the
Without such relative privacy, how else could Leonardo DiCaprio
casually attend Charlize Theron's 22nd birthday party at Sunset
Boulevard's infamous Chateau Marmont at the height of the global
Titanic craze? How else could Johnny Depp buy a club, the
Viper Room, and host all manner of debaucherous shenanigans
And though this era was the last gasp of this kind of privacy,
enough cameras were present to give us a glimpse of what Hollywood
was like for the up-and-coming stars that ruled the first half of
Discover more about this wild time below and travel back in time
via the gallery above to revisit a world long gone by — yet one
that will, nonetheless, live forever.
The Viper Room And The Wild Nights Of Early '90s Hollywood
Before Johnny Depp bought the place in 1993 and called it the
Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Boulevard's Melody Room once served as a
meeting place for the likes of infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel. But
as soon as Depp took it over, it became the hot spot for young
Hollywood. According to Hollywood
Interrupted, no other spot on the
strip was a hotter meeting place for young actors in the early
In fact, New York Times bestselling author Mark Ebner
said the audience was commonly far more famous than the rockers
performing on the club's stage. Actress Samantha Mathis of
Little Women and American Psycho fame — also the
girlfriend of actor River Phoenix — as well as actor Richmond
Arquette (brother of David, Rosanna, and Patricia), who often
tended bar there, remembered it fondly.
"You knew that on Thursday night you'd put on the dress and the
heels and the red lipstick," said Mathis. "And there were the
Pussycat Dolls, and you'd see them dance around...[they] are sort
of a burlesque, 1940s-style, all-girl show — they do these dances
wearing bowler hats and underwear."
"It was great," said Arquette. "Christina Applegate was one of
them for a while, and they actually danced recently at Leonardo
DiCaprio's birthday party... The first time I ever set foot in the
Viper Room, Johnny Cash was playing."
Keeler/Contributor/Getty ImagesKeanu Reeves stands outside The Viper Room after
performing with his band, Dogstar.
Viper Room talent booker Stacey Grenrock recalled transforming
the club into a different theme every Monday. One week there would
be mimes and people dressed as snowmen running around, while the
following week would have a man dressed up as a gorilla barreling
through the room.
"I can't think of a cooler place to play in L.A. than the Viper
Room," said Nancy Sinatra. "If my dad were still performing, he'd
want to play an after-hours show there."
And though Old Blue Eyes may have fancied a show at the Viper
Room, it was indeed the generation that ruled early '90s Hollywood
who made it their own. And it was here and other L.A. hotspots that
these newly famous young actors cut loose — without fear of seeing
their antics online the next day.
"Hollywood in the nineties was the last good time," he said.
"You went out, and things would happen, and no one would know about
it, which fostered an incredible sense of fun and party atmosphere.
It was a different era, because people could let go and no one
would take their pictures."
SlavinJennifer Aniston had just
become a break-out star on Friends when she started dating
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz.
Slavin recalls, for example, when Counting Crows frontman Adam
Duritz started dating Jennifer Aniston in 1995.
"Friends had just exploded and was massive, and Adam
was in the biggest band in the country and his record was blowing
up, so they were the biggest power couple," said Slavin. "We would
all sit on the back patio until the wee hours of the morning,
taking about how everyone's going to change the world and make
"It was a very fertile, creative, wild time," said Duritz. "We
all worked feverishly trying to make something of our lives and
then went out every night and lost our minds. Crazy, wonderful time
to be a young idiot in Hollywood."
But, sometimes, the idiocy went from fun to dangerous.
Drugs, Alcohol, And Innocence Lost
With so many stars and parties, drugs were always going to be
"It's amazing how many people I see on TV now who used to be
standing around my kitchen doing lines at 3 in the morning,"
author Bret Easton Ellis told The
of his wild '90s days. "Peter Dinklage, Mario Batali, Candace
Bushnell... so many greats passed through that cokey den of
Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, and John Cusack arrive at the
Viper Room in 1996.
Unfortunately, all good things inevitably come to an end, and
even young Hollywood has to eventually reckon with that loss of
innocence when the party must end. For Viper Room regulars and thus
so many of early '90s Hollywood's in-crowd, that moment was
encapsulated by the untimely drug overdose of 23-year-old
star-in-the-making River Phoenix in the early morning hours of Oct.
On the night of Oct. 30, Phoenix came to the Viper Room to play
a show with his band (which included Depp and Flea from the Red Hot
Chili Peppers), but he was clearly not in a good way. He'd been on
one of his regular drug binges — which he had down to a routine of
coke or intravenous cocaine followed by heroin — and, in the words
of friend Bob Forrest, looked like "a boxer who had taken one too
many head-shots during a fifteen-round bout."
Phoenix only consumed more cocaine once inside the Viper Room
and ultimately found his way out to the sidewalk, where he started
convulsing as Mathis screamed in horror. His younger brother,
Joaquin, called 911, but it was too late. He was taken to the
hospital and promptly declared dead.
"The first night I was ever there, I was with River," Mathis
later recalled. "For reasons I don't need to explain, it was
ultimately not a joyous experience, and I think it was almost a
year before I went back."
Archives/Getty ImagesThe exterior
of The Viper Room on the day after the death of River Phoenix. Fans
have left flowers, candles, and notes at the spot where he
After Phoenix's death, the wild days of the Viper Room and its
regulars were never quite the same.
"I stepped in right after the River Phoenix incident," said
Viper Room employee Kimberly Toth. "It was a very awkward
situation, and that's when it became very touristy — there were a
lot of out-of-town people with cameras."
Nevertheless, though these heady days were dangerous and even
fatal for some, plenty of other young stars made it through the
early '90s just fine. In fact, they had the time of their lives.
And thanks to photos like those in the gallery above, we can peek
in on their party-of-a-lifetime.
From an Auschwitz survivor celebrating her 104th
birthday with 400 of her descendants to a circus swapping real
animals for holographic ones, here are some uplifting stories from
The year of 2019 was full of highs and lows. Despite some truly
disastrous news, there were also plenty of uplifting stories
guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Want to read some good news
for a change? Check out the best happy news stories of 2019
Seven-Year-Old Won ASPCA Award For Rescuing More Than 1,300
Dogs From High-Kill Shelters
Family Young “dog whisperer”
Roman McConn, 7, with one of the rescue dogs he
The first item on our 2019 happy news round-up is sure to warm
your heart because it involves puppies and a seven-year-old with a
Earlier this year, Roman McConn of Augusta, Georgia, made
headlines after he reportedly saved more than 1,350 dogs and 50
cats from kill shelters.
The incredible feat was made possible through his 2016
initiative Project Freedom Ride, which Roman operates
with his mother, Jennifer McConn. The success of the project earned
the boy an award from the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
“He’s a born dog whisperer,” said Crystal Eskola of Augusta
Animal Services. Roman and his mom transport pets in danger of
being euthanized at high-kill shelters in Texas to their forever
homes in the Pacific Northwest.
“I think it’s very important for the dogs I meet that I give
them the best chance at finding the right home that they need,”
Roman said of his adorable Facebook videos, which feature the boy
playing with the rescues. Promoting the pups online increases their
chances of getting adopted sooner.
Mother and son used the generous gift to make two transports for
Project Freedom Ride in the following month. One of the transports
was a major undertaking, which cost $15,000 to transport more than
70 rescued dogs to their new adoptive homes in Washington.
It was a happy news story with an equally happy ending.
Researchers determined what the chewer looked like,
their gender, their diet, and their lifestyle — all from this piece
of multi-millennia-old gum.
JensenThis ancient gum is made
out of the bark of the birch tree and was found at the
archaeological dig site of Syltholm, on the Danish island of
Archaeologists in Lolland, Denmark unearthed a piece of
5,700-year-old chewing gum made of birch bark and found to their
great surprise that the ancient artifact contained DNA. The DNA was
so well-preserved that scientists could reconstruct the entire
human genome of the Stone Age person who had chewed the gum.
According to The
Smithsonian, experts were even able
to identify the microbes that lived in this ancient human’s mouth
and determine their dietary habits — all from a piece of
“It’s as well-preserved as some of the best petrous [skull]
bones that we’ve analyzed, and they are kind of the holy grail when
it comes to ancient DNA preservation,” Schroeder added.
A CBS This Morning segment on the remarkable find.
Birch pitch is made by heating the bark of the birch tree and
was used as a reliable prehistoric glue across Scandinavia. It was
used to construct weapons by combining stone parts to wooden
Many of these ancient birch pitch pieces also contain
toothmarks, which suggests that Stone Age persons likely chewed the
adhesive as well.
Experts believe the gum was chewed in order to render it
malleable or even to alleviate toothaches as the bark of the birch
tree has antiseptic properties. The pitch could also have been used
to clean teeth and ease hunger pains.
Luckily, the gum’s antiseptic and water-resistant
characteristics also allowed it to efficiently preserve DNA.
Researchers could glean such details about the human which
chewed the pitch as gender, disease, and lifestyle.
Indeed, the human genome showed that the chewer was female and
genetically more closely related to hunter-gatherers from mainland
Europe than to central Scandinavians of her time and locale.
Researchers could also determine what she likely looked like,
with dark skin, dark hair, and blue eyes.
BjörklundExperts learned that the
chewer was female and potentially a child who commonly ate
hazelnuts and duck. This illustration was rendered according to
Schroeder added that the ancient person’s appearance is
particularly interesting “because it’s the same combination of
physical traits that apparently was very common in Mesolithic
According to this find, Schroeder suggested, the woman was
likely genetically linked to people in Spain or Belgium. Schroeder
believes this finding also supports the notion that two different
waves of people landed in Scandinavia after the ice sheets vanished
11,000 to 12,000 years ago.
Even more specifically, the DNA results revealed traces of plant
and animal DNA in the gum, like hazelnuts and duck, which suggested
that these items may have been part of the individual’s diet.
But the Syltholm dig site is believed to be from a time when
farming had already arrived in Scandinavia, yet the woman’s genome
has no farmer ancestry in it.
As such, researchers surmised that the woman was of a group of
western hunter-gatherers that remained separate from the
“It looks like in these parts maybe you have pockets of
hunter-gatherers still surviving, or living side-by-side with
farmers for hundreds of years,” concluded Schroeder.
CommunicationsThe dig site
is fortunately rather muddy, aiding even further to the
The ancient gum also revealed the bacterial evidence of gum
disease, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes
pneumonia to this day.
For Anders Götherström, a molecular archaeologist at Stockholm
University, this gum is potentially a better source for collecting
pathogens and DNA “than ancient bones or teeth.” Good thing traces
of it have been found all across Scandinavia.
In the 1920s, Pickfair was the most famous mansion
in Hollywood, home to lavish parties and famous guests. But after
new owners claimed the property was haunted, it met an unfortunate
CommonsMary Pickford and Douglas
Fairbanks enjoying Pickfair’s pool.
Long before “Kimye” or “Brangelina,” there was the original
celebrity portmanteau: “Pickfair.” The word combined the names of
early Hollywood’s two biggest stars: Mary Pickford and Douglas
Specifically, Pickfair referred to the power couple’s lavish
15-acre estate in Beverly Hills, which was a popular meeting place
for Hollywood stars.
The property had a colorful history highlighted by extravagant
parties, famous owners, and claims of paranormal activity. Here’s
how it became a prominent part of Hollywood — and why it was
The King And Queen Of Hollywood
CommonsMary Pickford and Douglas
Fairbanks were known as Hollywood royalty during the
Pickfair was in every way an extension of the Hollywood power
couple that created it. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were
the most prominent actors of the 1910s and 1920s. Pickford was the
original “America’s Sweetheart,” an actress famed for her beauty
and wholesome disposition.
Her long, blonde-ringleted tresses gave her the moniker
“Blondielocks,” and fans were dismayed when she finally cut them.
One historian even joked: “You would have thought
she’d murdered the American eagle.”
Pickford was beloved by the American public, transitioning
successfully from an aspiring actress into a young adult star of
She starred in the likes of Sparrows,
Coquette, and Daddy-Long-Legs, blazing a trail as
a producer in a boys’ club era. By all accounts she reigned
benevolently as the queen of Hollywood, raising funds for
unemployed film workers and later co-founding the production
company United Artists.
Meanwhile, Douglas Fairbanks was the perfect king to match his
queen: an energetic, athletic actor known for roles in The Mark
Of Zorro, The Iron Mask, and The Thief of
But he was all-American through and through, born in Denver and
exuding the kind of Western can-do attitude that translated well to
Luxury, Status, And Glamour At Pickfair
ImagesMary Pickford standing on
the front steps of Pickfair.
Despite being married to other people when they first met,
Pickford and Fairbanks were immediately drawn to each other and
began an affair.
Shortly after their divorces were finalized, they tied the knot
in March 1920 and enjoyed the ultimate wedding gift: Pickfair, the
stunning ranch-turned-mansion in Beverly Hills.
Although Pickfair started out as a wooded property with a small
hunting cabin, it quickly became a luxurious estate with a
Purchased by the couple in 1919 and transformed by architect
Wallace Neff, Pickfair became a 22-room mansion, rumored to be the
first private residence in Los Angeles to boast a swimming
It was an architectural marvel, with an impressive art
collection and even an old-West saloon.
CommonsPickfair seen from above.
An invitation to a party at this lavish mansion was truly a
Pickfair attracted the most notable individuals in the world,
with the likes of Joan Crawford, Charlie Chaplin, and Albert
Einstein coming to visit the estate. It also hosted famed author F.
Even Lord and Lady Mountbatten, prominent members of the British
Royal family, honeymooned at the estate.
Pickfair was so famous that Life Magazine dubbed it: “a
gathering place only slightly less important than the White House…
and much more fun.”
Pickfair’s Second Act
Archive/Getty ImagesMary Pickford
curls up on a divan in the living room of Pickfair.
Pickford and Fairbanks loved to entertain, and did so supremely,
throwing the best parties in town. Yet, behind all the glamour of
the power couple, their marriage wasn’t perfect.
The couple divorced in 1936, although they stayed connected
until Fairbanks’ death in 1939. Pickford lived in the house until
her own death in 1979, becoming a near recluse by the end of her
The era that made Pickfair what it was passed — but its time was
Buss’s daughter Jeanie recalled: “My dad really had no
idea the implications of that home when he bought it. It was a
great real estate thing — five acres of land in Beverly Hills. When
we went through it, I’ll never forget — [Pickford’s] Oscar was
still sitting there.”
Buss realized it would have been more cost-effective to raze the
neglected mansion and rebuild, but instead chose to restore and
update the famed building instead. Through the 1980s, the Busses
capitalized on Pickfair’s splendor and reputation to use it to
house lucrative fundraisers.
ImagesTables set up outside the
Pickfair changed hands once more in
1988. Singer Pia Zadora and her then-husband bought the property
for $6.7 million, thinking it’d be a good place to raise their
kids. But then, strange things started to occur.
One night when her husband was out of
town, Zadora heard a blood-curdling scream at night. It was her
young daughter, who came running and crying about a woman staring
at her in the bedroom.
Actress Pia Zadora discusses her ghostly encounters at
“She said, ‘Mom, I saw this very tall, white, ghost-ish woman
standing above my bed when I woke up,” Zadora claimed. “My daughter
described this apparition of this woman: She had a white gown on
and she was looking at her and laughing.”
Naturally, Zadora suspected it was just her child’s imagination
or the stress of moving homes. However, it didn’t take long for her
to start seeing and hearing strange things in the home herself —
including the laughing woman.
As time went on, others reported seeing a ghostly woman wearing
white, a male spirit near the entrance, and another apparition
carrying sheet music. But while previous owners apparently took
these “ghosts” in stride, Zadora and her family couldn’t handle
They replaced the iconic building with a Venetian Palazzo-style
mansion. Although Zadora originally said that termites were the
reason for demolishing the house, she changed her story during a
2012 episode of the show Celebrity Ghost Stories, when she
claimed that Pickfair was haunted.
Zadora and her family were heavily criticized for tearing down
the Pickfair mansion, which many felt was a notable part of
Among the critics was Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., son of the famous
actor who once owned the mansion, who said, “I regret it very much.
I wonder, if they were going to demolish it, why they bought it in
the first place.”
For her part, Zadora defended the decision: “If I had a choice,
I never would have torn down this old home. I loved this home, it
had a history, it had a very important sense about it and you can
deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues, but you
can’t deal with the supernatural.”
For the poor people living in the slums surrounding
the Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi, "this mountain of trash has
made our lives hell."
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The Ghazipur landfill towers over New
Delhi's surrounding slums and pollutes the local
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The Indian capital of New Delhi
generates nearly 9,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day.Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images
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An Indian worker, called a "rag
picker," carries a bag of recyclable materials found at the
landfill, hoping to sell them for a buck or two.Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
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Delhi has an extensive network of
rag-pickers, scrap-dealers, and formal recycling facilities.Xavier Galiana/AFP/Getty Images
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Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times/Getty
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A highly polluted waterway in
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The area around the Ghazipur landfill
is filled with slums. They've remained near the stinky, polluted,
and poisonous landfill only because they cannot afford to
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A rescue operation team works where a
garbage dump caved in on Sept. 1, 2017, resulting in the deaths of
two people.Mohd Zakir/Hindustan
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Rescuers assisting a man injured by
the Ghazipur landfill.Mohd
Zakir/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
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The landfill has grown so much over
the past few years that it's almost as tall as the Taj
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People scavenging for food and
recyclable materials in the toxic, vile stench, only to earn less
than $2 each day by doing so.Rick
Loomis/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
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Residential buildings next to the
huge Ghazipur landfill.Prakash
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A new incinerator machine behind the
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Most of those working in the dump
live in nearby shanties, mainly Muslims from the impoverished state
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21 Startling Images Of India’s Biggest Landfill That’s Almost As
Tall As The Taj Mahal
They call it the Mount Everest of garbage. India's massive
Ghazipur landfill, outside New Delhi, takes up as much area as 40
soccer fields and is as high as the towers on London's tower
bridge. And it's still rising — by 32 feet every year. At this
rate, it will be as tall as the Taj Mahal (240 feet) by the year
The issue here is not just wasted space. The mountain of trash
is causing extensive pollution — both in the air and by permeating
into groundwater. Between 2013 and 2017, there were 981 deaths from
acute respiratory infection in Delhi alone. Studies say it's a
notable health risk to anyone within three miles of it.
The Ghazipur landfill has no liner system. Therefore the
leachate it produces oozes into the ground and into water systems.
Leachate is the often-black toxic liquid that drains from a
One doctor says she sees upwards of 70 patients a day
complaining of respiratory issues or stomach issues caused by
pollution. Most of these patients are children and babies.
"Along with the smell," says
local Pradeep Kumar, "you have the smoke and pollution, which is
the root cause of all the diseases here."
India is growing at a huge rate, with a current population of
more than 1.3 billion. Its urban areas produce 62 million tons of
waste a year, half of which ends up in landfill sites.
To add insult to injury, the Ghazipur landfill isn't only
passively killing people, it's now actively killing them.
Two locals died in 2017 when a 50-ton "avalanche" of garbage occurred, washing away
One of the fatalities was 30-year-old Rajkumari, who was on a
scooter when a giant wave of trash buried her. It took more than an
hour for people to find her body and pull it from the wreckage.
"When I saw my daughter's body, my whole world was turned upside
down," her father said. "I had wished to see my daughter in a
wedding dress and not in a shroud."
Ghazipur's Trash Pickers
Abutting the Ghazipur landfill are slums occupied by trash
pickers. They scavenge for plastics to sell to recycling plants for
what amounts to maybe $2 a day.
"This work is easier in winter," says
Sheikh Rahim, 36. "But I like it all right. I'm used to it, and
anyway, I don't have a choice."
Every day at noon, Rahim scales the monstrous rubbish pile. He
goes at this time because there are fewer people when its so hot —
less competition. Sometimes his eight-year-old daughter accompanies
him while vultures soar overhead.
At dusk, they descend. They sort through what they've collected
and deliver it to middlemen like Mohammed Asif, who sells empty
bottles to truckers on their way to recycling plants.
"I'm a businessman. I do this for money," Asif told NPR
with a hint of swagger. But he turned serious: "If I don't, our
streets will fill with trash. We won't be able to handle it."
The Future Of Ghazipur And India's Mounting Waste
The Ghazipur landfill opened in 1984. According to Indian law,
rubbish can only be piled to a height of 65 feet before a facility
must be shut down. Ghazipur reached this milestone in 2002, and yet
garbage continued to arrive with no other place to put it.
In one of the small efforts made to control the overwhelming
mountain of waste, a small recycling facility opened right next to
it. However, it only adds to the nearby residents' misery. The
plant burns tiny amounts of trash for energy, and the smoke it
emits is poisonous.
So what's being done to counter the effects of a landfill so
enormous that it's long overdue for aircraft warning lights?
The Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took
one small step in 2014 with the "Clean India Mission." Waste management
introduced fines for people who don't recycle in 2016. Finally, in
June 2018, Modi announced a goal to eliminate all single-use
plastic containers by the year 2022.
Any actions will seem small in comparison to the looming pile of
trash, but the technology to turn all waste into energy is
getting closer every day. However, it's not soon
enough for the people of Ghazipur.
"Children fall sick very often here. We want to breathe freely
but we can't," said Muhammad Aslam. "This mountain of trash has
made our lives hell."
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