|1962, the year before she died|
Who is Karyn Kupcinet? Unfortunately, I bet you've never heard of her. She was a young actress in Hollywood originally hailing from Chicago. For some of you older (ahem, wiser) folks, the name Kupcinet might ring a bell. Her father was much more famous that she ever had a chance to become. Irv Kupcinet, nicknamed Kup, was a legendary newspaper columnist, tv show host and radio personality.
Karyn "Cookie" Kupcinet was born Roberta Lynn Kupcinet on March 6, 1941.I'm not going to focus so much on her background and upbringing (ie. bio); you can read all about that on Wikipedia. My focus will be on her untimely and still unsolved death, so let's jump right in.
Events before her death
Karyn had dinner with Marcia and Mark Goddard, another actor. Karyn showed up an hour late by taxi and she was clearly unwell. Her pupils were constricted, her voice was odd, and her lips seemed numb. She pushed her food around on her plate. Mark confronts Karyn about her altered state. Bursting into tears, Karyn related a bizarre story to the Goddards which no one could confirm to be true: that a baby was left on her doorstep earlier that day. I think it's safe to conclude that she was under the influence or mentally disturbed... or both.
Another idea I had about the baby on the doorstep story was that she became somewhat delusional after having had an abortion. Maybe, she later regretted it and was haunted by a baby. Perhaps, it was even a real haunting? I doubt we'll ever get answers on that.
TimelineI made a timeline of events of what I will call "The Last Night" in hopes that it might help in visualizing the possibilities of what could have happened that led to her death.
6:30 pm - Karyn's set dinner date with the Goddards
7:30 pm - Karyn finally shows up by cab
8:30 pm - a cab comes to take Karyn back home
between 8:30 and 9:30 pm - Edward Stephen Rubin (freelance writer) visits Karyn's home
9:30 pm - Karyn and Edward are joined by Robert Hathaway (actor) **Note: according to police reports Karyn actually left her place to walk around the block because she was feeling antsy (effects of amphetamines?) and this is where she bumped into Robert and invited him up to join her and Edward.
after 9:30, before 11:00 pm - Karyn serves coffee and cake, and the three watch TV. Karyn eventually retires to her bedroom
11:00 pm - Edward and Robert leave, locking the door behind them.
12 am - Karyn briefly speaks to Andrew Prine on the phone.
FactsSo what do we know?
Karyn abused diet pills and other prescription drugs. The police found Amvicel, Desoxyn, and Miltown, amongst other medications.
Andrew Prine (actor) was Karyn's boyfriend but didn't want to commit, which seems to have sent Karyn over the edge.
Karyn began spying on Andrew and his new girlfriend. She sent Andrew and herself (!) anonymous threatening letters.
Karyn was impregnated by her boyfriend Andrew Prine (actor) and went to Tijuana, Mexico and got an abortion.
Karyn was arrested for shoplifting in late 1962. I emailed officials many months ago for the arrest record and never heard back from them.
Edward Stephen Rubin
CIA Hitman (JFK connection theory**)
MURDER: Note that I am calling her death an unsolved murder as opposed to an accidental death. He hyoid bone (in her throat) was broken and that happens in strangulation cases. You don't find this in a natural death. In one of his books, crime writer James Ellroy wrote that Karyn was probably dancing nude when she slipped and fell, hit her throat on the back of a chair and landed on the sofa. Give me a break. He bases this off a book that was found at the crime scene which mentions dancing nude. This is an utterly ridiculous theory.