11 Celebrities Who Killed People
It is always shocking when the world of celebrity lifestyles comes crashing into the world of real-life crime. Most of us think of celebrities as living in some sort of a fantasy land where they can do as they wish without any real consequences. While that’s sometimes true, most of the time it’s not. History is littered with examples of famous people who have committed serious crimes and have wound up paying a steep price for their transgressions.
There is no crime more serious than murder. To take the life of another person intentionally is reprehensible to say the least, whether you’re a celebrity or otherwise. Shockingly, there have been plenty of celebrities over the years who have been found guilty of this act. Despite having all of the money and fame they could need, something caused the people on the list below to commit the most serious of crimes – sometimes with a close friend or family member as the victim.
Here’s a list of celebrities who have killed someone in the past, whether intentionally or accidentally. Each circumstance is a little bit different, but the outcome is obviously a tragedy regardless of the details of the case.
The famous boxing promoter is also famous for another reason – he was convicted of second degree murder in the ’60s. King was found guilty of stomping to death an employee who owed him a sum of $600. After the trial, the conviction was reduced to nonnegligent manslaughter, and King wound up serving just under four years in prison for the crime.
Considering the violent nature of the crime, and the fact that King had previously killed another man in a confrontation that was deemed to be justifiable homicide, it seems that King was fortunate to not serve a longer sentence. Of course, after he was released from prison, he went on to a long and profitable career as a boxing promoter.
While the New England Patriots have been one of the most successful NFL teams over the past 10-15 years, the off-field transgressions of former tight end Aaron Hernandez have cast a shadow over many of the team’s accomplishments. In April 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd – a crime which took place in 2013. In addition, Hernandez was indicted in 2014 in a 2012 double homicide case. He is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Continuing the theme of athletes on this list, double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. While there was never any question as to who fired the fatal shots, there was much debate as to his intent in this case. Some believe it was murder, while Pistorius and his defense claimed that he believed there was an intruder in the home. The shots were fired through a locked bathroom door inside of Pistorious’ home. In the end, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and received a five year sentence.