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Room 1219 A party in San Francisco’s best hotel As the party raged he was alone in room 1219 with Virginia Rappe a minor actress Four days later she died and he was charged with her murder Room 1219 tells the story of Arbuckle’s improbable rise and stunning fall from Hollywood’s first true superstar to its first pariah Simultaneously it presents the crime story from the day of Merritt's book is a biography of Roscoe Arbuckle he put up with the nickname Fatty for his career but no one who knew him called him that and of Virginia Rappe pronounced rappay insofar as Merritt was able to unearth information about her; it is also therefore an excellent book about silent movies and the beginnings of Hollywood But mostly it is the terrible story of the point where Arbuckle and Rappe's lives intersected and the conseuences thereof Merritt is passionately interested in finding the truth about Rappe as much about Arbuckle and dispelling the myths he raped her with a bottle; she had it coming because she was a slut I don't entirely know if I agree with his conclusions but I appreciate the care with which he lays out the shreds and shards of evidence we have around the missing central act of what happened in Room 1219The terrible thing about Roscoe Arbuckle is that he is a sort of Schrodinger's cat of justice If he did attempt to rape Virginia Rappe and thus caused her death he got away with it He was tried three times and acuitted of manslaughter But if he didn't attempt to rape her if her death was truly the ghastly accident Merritt thinks it was then his fate the destruction of his career was unjustifiably cruel In neither case can one feel that justice was served

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In 1921 one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage the original “trial of the century” and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmakingIt began on Labor Day when comic actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle then at the pinnacle of his fame and fortune hosted Greg Merritt's Room 1219 is probably the best book I've read all year It's incredibly well organized insightful thoughtful unbiased thorough clear and well written I was very interested in the Arbuckle Rappe scandal but was worried that I would be overwhelmed with boring information about the three trials My experience was uite the opposite I was enthralled and found myself not wanting to let the book goThe key to the book's success is Merritt's organization of the chapters Each chapter alternates from the details of the scandal to biographical chapters on Arbuckle and one on Virginia Rappe Flipping back and forth gives you a respite from being overwhelmed with too much detail And this book has a lot of information to take in so the structure really helps You go from the minute details of the scandal the case and the three yes three trials to the humanity of the lives and careers of Arbuckle and RappeYou can read my full review here

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Download Room 1219 Ebook ¼ ↠ In 1921 one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage the original “trial of the century” and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmakingIt began on Labor Day when comic actor Roscoe “Fatty” ArbuckThe “orgy” through the three trials Relying on a careful examination of documents the book finally reveals after almost a century of wild speculation what most likely occurred in room 1219 In addition Room 1219 covers the creation of the film industry from the first silent experiments to a studio based system capable of making and ultimately breaking a beloved supersta Interesting book on the lives of silent film star Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and modelstarlet Virgina Rappe whose fates were sealed over Labor Day weekend 1921 when Rappe was taken seriously ill at a party hosted by Arbuckle and subseuently died Because of rumors and some loose talk from Arbuckle himself he was arrested and charged with manslaughter Though he was eventually acuitted his career never recovered The author argues that both of them had their images tarnished and presents an even handed account of that weekend and what happened both before and after Some overly melodramatic passages hurt the flow of the book but otherwise this well researched book would seem to be the final word on the event