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Ramon Novarro Brutal Death Pt.2: Convicted Killer Blamed Catholicism

30 October 2011 10:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Movie Star Ramon Novarro Brutally Killed Halloween Eve 1968 Paul Ferguson, in a letter he wrote me at the time I was working on Beyond Paradise, blamed his Catholic background for Ramon Novarro's death: "When [Novarro] kissed me, I reacted like a Catholic, what they call homosexual panic. Some old guy in the desert says, 'Kill homosexuals.' It's inbred. . . . I was too drunk to be civilized. Whatever my most primitive moral standings were, I reacted. It had nothing to do with Novarro, nothing to do with his being homosexual. It all had to do with how I saw myself. And the fact that my brother was there. And that he could see me in that homosexual act. It all had to do with my Catholic upbringing, with my five thousand years of Moses. And that's the only reason why this whole thing happened. Because that's what society teaches you. . . . I think after I hit Mr. »

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Movie Star Ramon Novarro Brutally Killed Halloween Eve 1968

30 October 2011 10:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ramon Novarro Earlier today, after sharing on Facebook a photo of Greta Garbo dressed in Balinese costume in the 1931 blockbuster Mata Hari, I began thinking about 1920s and 1930s Mexican-born MGM star Ramon Novarro (photo), the subject of the biography I wrote several years back, Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro. Mata Hari was one of the biggest box-office hits in the careers of both Garbo and Novarro; the movie is also notable as the only time Novarro accepted second billing after becoming a star. While thinking of Novarro, I remembered that he was brutally killed on this date, October 30, 43 years ago. The following morning, Halloween 1968, the 69-year-old former movie star was found dead at his Laurel Canyon home in the Hollywood Hills. The next few paragraphs were taken from Beyond Paradise: At 8:30 a.m. on Halloween, October 31, [Novarro's personal secretary] Edward Weber arrived at 3110 Laurel Canyon to report for work. »

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