The Los Angeles Murder
A man of many comedic talents, Phil Hartman rose to fame as an actor on the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch show, playing a variety of characters over an eight year period a much loved member of the cast. He voiced numerous characters on the Fox television show the Simpsons, starring in 52 episodes until his death, and earning himself a place as one of the funniest and most beloved comedy voice actors of the 1990’s. His private life however was fraught with drama, and the marriage to his third wife Brynn was a troubled one due to her drug and alcohol use, as well as Hartman’s apparent emotional detachment. By early 1998, the relationship deteriorated further and Hartman considered retiring from acting to save his marriage. On May 27, 1998, the couple had a heated argument and the comedian went to bed. While he slept, Brynn Hartman entered the bedroom and shot her husband several times, killing him. The reason behind the murder would never be fully explained because several hours after the crime, she committed suicide by placing the same gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger.