The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 3 – Albert Dekker

May 5, 1968. After not hearing from him for three days, the fiancee of 62-year old character actor Albert Dekker (star of such films as “Dr. Cyclops”, “Kiss Me Deadly” and “The Wild Bunch”) enters his Hollywood apartment. She is horrified to discover him hanging dead inside the bathroom. The bizarre manner in which Dekker is found suggests that he was involved in some sort of sadomasochistic sexual activity when he died. The initial ruling is suicide before it is changed to accidental death via autoerotic asphyxiation, but since a large amount of money and valuables seem to be missing from the apartment, suspicion mounts that Dekker was a victim of foul play. On this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine one of the strangest unexplained deaths in Hollywood history.

Additional Reading:

“Tales of Hollywood: The Bizarre” by John Austin

“The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals” by Michelle Morgan

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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4 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 3 – Albert Dekker

  • Another great episode! Do you know if the missing video equipment was a camera or something like that? If so, I wonder if that was being used during the bondage session and that’s the reason it was taken.

    • Thanks! Yes, some of the sources I found list the missing equipment as camera equipment, so it would not surprise me if it might have been used to film or take photos of some bondage.

  • Great episode Robin. I’m a huge fan of old Hollywood and never heard this story before. Keep up the good work!

    Also, you should consider doing an episode on Christopher Abeyta. He disappeared from Colorado almost 30 years ago.

    • Thank you. Yes, I recently heard that Christopher Abeyta’s mother has terminal cancer and that her dying wish is to find out what happened to her son, so I am tempted to do an episode about this case.

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