Virginia Rappe

By | Sep 15, 2008

If it wasn’t for the people that were around her when she died on September 9, 1921 in San Francisco, the name and the person Virginia Rappe would just be a small fact in the course of history. However, Rappe died after attending a Labor Day party held by Hollywood Comic Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle.

The cause of her death is listed as being from a ruptured bladder and secondary peritonitis. A number of different versions of what happened at the party was given. One was that she died as a result of a sexual assault on her by the party host’s, Arbuckle.

Rappe came to the party as the guest of Maude Delmont. Delmont has been reported to have been part of crimes such as extortion, fraud, and racketeering. It was from her reports of what happened, although she may not have even witness some of the events that she talked about, that Arbuckle was arrested and put on trial for man-slaughter.

After three trials, the first two ended in mistrials, Arbuckle was acquitted with all 12 members of the jury signing a statement of apology to Arbuckle.

Rappe was born in New York on July 7, 1891 and can be classified as a minor actress during the late 1910’s. She also worked in Chicago as a commercial and art model beginning when she was 14 until 1916 when she moved to California. First to San Francisco then to Los Angeles.

She was buried at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


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