1. All of this is mere conspiracy theory, and the poor girl just fell asleep.
2. Roland West wanted to break off the relationship and decided to bump her off. He had a girlfriend who looked like Todd perform the kick and scream routine outside while he knocked her out and left her in her car with the motor running.
3. Lucky Luciano wanted to use her club for illegal gambling and she refused. You don't mess with Lucky Luciano.
4. She was murdered by her ex-husband Pat DiCicco
5. She was having bouts of depression and many financial troubles, indicating that she may have actually committed suicide
6. Or, according to a segment on the History Channel show Histories Mysteries, Roland West admitted to the crime on his deathbed, saying that he had locked her in the garage because he was possessive and suspicious of her and did not want her going out again that night, leading to accidental asphyxiation.
We may never know what really happened, but one thing I did not know is that the cafe still stands! And worse than that, I must have driven right past it on my trip last week without realizing it! It is now home to Paulist Productions at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway, and looks much as it did when it was owned by Todd. I didn't want anyone else to make the same mistake.
Now it must be noted that all of this is mere speculation as my only source other than some of the things I've found on the internet in the past hour is that rag book of all rag books Hollywood Babylon which I need to briefly rant about. It is an interesting read for those interested in Hollywood gossip, and there is a certain validity in it insofar as part of Hollywood stardom is the myth of stardom, what was written in fan magazines, by the studios, by the gossip mongers, and how we come to understand these people through many different sources with different types of spin. I'm one of those strange people who is interested in truth (or at least makes a distinction between books like HB and say, a well researched biography. Because there is a difference, even for figures as moldable as stars). No doubt there were many, and I mean many racy, "sinful", sometimes terrible things that went on in Hollywood then and now, but that is no excuse for printing a book with no actual sources listed claiming that everything written in the book is exactly as it happened.
Note: No polar bears were harmed in the writing of this post.