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Episode 12: The Real Rappe (Part I)

Episode 12 - The Real Rappe (Part I)

If you recognize the name Fatty Arbuckle at all, it is likely in conjunction with Hollywood's greatest scandal. He's known as the man who raped and murdered an actress. And the woman he supposedly murdered is recognized solely as the girl raped by Fatty Arbuckle. All she is remembered for now is a bunch of lies and a single day that no one, to this day, even fully understands. This episode and the next are for her. These episodes are dedicated to finding the real Virginia Rappe and setting the truth straight about the Labor Day of 1921 that changed Hollywood forever.


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Myers, Joan. "The Case of the Vanishing Juror." Feminism 3.0 Praxis and Archives, 2009.

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April 13, 1922.

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Stans, Lea. "A Closer Look–And Different Perspective–On The “Arbuckle Scandal.” Silentology, September 15, 2021.

Stans, Lea. "The “Arbuckle Scandal” Turns 100–Some Facts And Trivia." Silentology, September 10, 2021.

Stans, Lea. "What Happened To Virginia Rappe?–Featuring A Q&A With Tracey Goessel." Silentology, September 21, 2021.

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September 17, 1921.

Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -


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