It was July 29th, 1969, at the home of movie producer,
Teddy DeWitt. It was to be a festive evening of friends, wine
and music. Present were Jackie Roman, costume designer to the
stars; Teddy DeWitt, movie producer; Ronda Shore, heiress to
restaurant chain; and Claudia DeLongpre, an up-and-coming film
actress, a young woman whose career was on the verge of
Clarence Greene, legendary rock and roll guitarist, was the
last person to see them alive.
Little did the victims know that this night would be the
last night of their lives, and end in a bloody rampage that
not even the most diabolical of imaginations could fathom. Why
the murderer chose these hapless celebrity victims for his or
her evil deeds can only remain a question for many an
investigator, and still there is no answer to the reasons
behind the ghastly slaughter.
Dewitt and Claudia DeLongpre had just arrived back in Los
Angeles from Paris, France just days before the murder took
place. They had been traveling to promote and celebrate the
phenomenal worldwide success of Vampire Slayers, the
most recent Dewitt and DeLongpre collaboration. Their
glamorous personalities were adored worldwide, and it was only
the beginning of what looked to be a fast track to
the coupling of the famed movie producer and budding starlet.
Since partnering with Teddy Dewitt, Claudia DeLongpre had
been cast as the lead in four of his most successful films,
and upon completion of the worldwide tour the two were said to
be in talks to immediately begin filming on a much anticipated
sequel to the mega-hit Vampire Slayers, that would
likely spawn a series of franchise opportunities and take
Teddy Dewitt to astronomical regions of movie industry
Dewitt and Delongpre had been rumored to be more than just a
business minded couple, and had been traveling with Mr. Roman
and Miss Shore for several months. The foursome had been seen
dining together in some of Europeís most extravagant
restaurants, and had walked the red carpet at opening night
premieres as a happy group of friends that seemed to touch
everyone with their glowing personalities and kindness.
There were rumors of a co-producing venture between Dewitt
and Ronda Shore, who
had expressed an interest in transferring some of her familyís
fortune into the movie business for quite a long time.
Jackie Roman had outfitted Miss DeLongpre for all of the
Dewitt features, and continued to single handedly glamorize
her for all of her public appearances, and extravagant opening
night parties around the world. The match between the four was
hyped as one that would go down in history as the most talked
about partnership between powerful industry players that would
change the way movies were made during the time. No one would
have ever imagined the horror that would unfold for these four
friends on Beaumont Road, nor did it seem there would ever
be an explanation for the terrible crimes.
Today we can only imagine the heights to which these four
celebrities would have traveled, and sadly we have missed out
on a great wealth of entertainment in the wake of their
Never in the history of the film industry has there
been such pairing of talent, since the Dewitt, DeLongpre,
Roman, and Shore days, and itís highly likely that there
ever will be again.
We are only left to wonder what truly happened on that
beautiful Los Angeles summer night so long ago, and to hope
that the mystery of their deaths will one day be solved.