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Kansas, August 28, 1921

(Exactly one week after this advertisement went to print, September 5, 1921, Arbuckle’s life would change forever when Virginia Rappe, an aspiring actress, is found unconscious in his hotel bed during a party in room 1220 of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, dying shortly afterwards from a ruptured bladder. Accused of raping her, causing her bladder to explode from the weight of his body or else using either a stick of ice, a champagne bottle or a Coca Cola bottle to simulate sex with her, causing her death. As a result, Arbuckle went through a media frenzy, a long series of trials, was blacklisted from Hollywood, which destroyed his career and his personal life.)

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