Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 30, 1934. The son of Bert and Leone, Westover grew up in nearby Coopersville, a small farming town. Taught to play the ukulele by his mother as a child, young Charles soon flowered into guitar picking at 14 years of age.
The song Runaway, was a number one hit in 1961 in both the US and the UK.
featured in the following television shows:
Beverly Hills 90210: Episodes: Mexican Stand Off,
Sweating It Out,
Laverne & Shirley (Episode: Diner)
CHiPs (The old 70s TV show with Erik Estrada)
WKRP In Cincinnati (starring Howard Hessman):
Filthy Pictures Episode,
Benny Hill Show (Episode 28),
South Of Sunset: Dream Girl
Runaway is featured in the following movies:
Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams),
Christine (Bonnie Raitt's version),
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,
Kids Of Degrassi Street,
Running Scared (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal),
That ll Be The Day,
Catch Me If You Can,
Children Of The Corn,
Born On The Fourth of July (Tom Cruise),
Roseaux Sauvages (French Film)
Runaway was also used as the theme to
Crime Story, the hit U.S. television
series from '86 to '88.
Added: 15th October 2007
Posted By: Tony
Jon-Eik Hexum was a 26-year-old actor with a promising future when he was fatally injured on the set of Cover Up, a TV adventure series he was starring in.
On October 12, 1984, the cast and crew were filming the seventh episode of the series, titled 'Golden Opportunity,' on Stage 17 of the 20th Century Fox lot. One scene called for Hexum's character to load blanks into a .44 Magnum handgun. When the scene did not go as the director had planned, there was a delay. Hexum became restless and impatient and began playing to lighten the mood. Apparently, he had unloaded all but one blank round. In what would appear to be a game of Russian roulette, at 5:15 p.m., he put the revolver to his right temple and pulled the trigger.
Hexum was apparently unaware that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell. This wadding can be propelled from the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired within a few inches of the body, especially if pointed at a particularly vulnerable spot. Although the paper wadding in the blank that Hexum discharged did not penetrate his skull, the wad struck him in the temple with enough blunt force trauma to shatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and propel the pieces into his brain, causing massive hemorrhaging.
Hexum was rushed to Beverly Hills Medical Center, where he underwent five hours of surgery. On October 18, six days after the accident, Hexum was declared brain dead. With his mother's permission, his body was flown to San Francisco on life support, where his heart was transplanted into the body of a dying 36-year-old Las Vegas man at Pacific Medical Center. Hexum's kidneys and corneas were also harvested: One cornea went to a 66-year-old man with cataracts, the other to a young girl. One of the kidney recipients was a critically ill five-year-old boy, and the other was a 43-year-old grandmother of three who had waited eight years for a kidney. Skin that was donated was used to treat a 3˝-year-old boy with third degree burns.
Hexum's death was ruled accidental. His mother later received an out-of-court settlement from 20th Century Fox Television and Glen A. Larson Productions, the production team behind Cover Up.
Added: 22nd December 2010
Posted By: Lava1964
Outwardly mild H.H. Holmes was actually a brutal and ruthless nineteenth-century serial killer who rightfully earned the moniker 'The Beast of Chicago.' From 1888 to 1894 Holmes killed a minimum of 27 victims and perhaps more than 200. In 1886 Holmes began working at a drugstore at the corner of South Wallace and West 63rd Street in Chicago. He eventually became the proprietor after the former owner mysteriously disappeared. The drugstore did quite well, and Holmes — who became known as Dr. Holmes — used the profits to build himself a three-story tall, city-block long, home across the street. It was Holmes' 'murder castle.'--equipped with acid vats, trap doors, secret entrances, and gas chambers. Holmes lured people to the castle, killed them, and sold their skeletons to medical professionals. He was eventually hanged, but not before being convicted of 27 murders, and suspected of at least 173 more.
Erik Larson’s award-winning 2003 book, The Devil in the White City, told Holmes’ twisted tale so well that Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the rights to the film; he’s expected to play Holmes.
Added: 15th June 2011
Posted By: Lava1964