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Starr Faithfull
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    (January 26, 1906-June 1931)
    Born in Evanston, Illinois
    Birth name was Starr Wyman
    Last seen by her family on June 5, 1931
    Body discovered on a Long Island beach (June 8, 1931)
    Inquest unable to decide if her death was an accident, suicide or murder
    Inspiration for Gloria Wandrous in the novel and movie 'Butterfield 8'
    She drank bathtub gin, snorted ether and downed barbiturates.
    She hung out at the docks and crashed the bon voyage parties on outgoing ocean liners.
    She fell in love with a ship's doctor, George Carr, who did not reciprocate, commenting 'You do not become romantic about a girl on whom you used a stomach pump the first time you saw her.'
    The week before her death, she was dragged off the Franconia, yelling 'Kill me! Throw me overboard!'
    Shortly before her death, she wrote a letter to Dr. Carr vowing to 'end my worthless, disorderly bore of an existence before I ruin anyone else's life as well. I certainly have made a sordid, futureless mess of it all.'
    Her cousin, Boston mayor Andrew Peters, initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was 11.
    When her parents found out, their response was to extort $20,000 from Peters.
    A handwriting expert hired by her stepfather declared the letter to Dr. Carr to be a forgery.
    The doctor who performed the autopsy on her declared that she had been drugged with Veronal, then thrown overboard to drown.
    Despite her portrayal in 'Butterfield 8,' she never worked as a call girl.

Credit: C. Fishel

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