Film: The terrrible, horrible death of Susan Cabot
Susan Cabot – Nee Harriet Shapiro (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986) Poor, beautiful Susan Cabot. Susan was a stage actress in NY when she was ‘discovered’ and taken to Hollywood to star in a series of B-Westerns. Never attaining A-list status Susans’ best known roll is arguably 1959’s The Wasp Woman – about a ageing cosmetics executive who finds that wasp venom will temporarily make her appear younger – but eventualy turn her into a blood thirsty murdering wasp-creature. Wasp Woman was Susan’s last film. In 1960 she had an affair w/ King Hussien of Jordan but was dumped when he found out she was actually Jewish. In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983. Here’s where it gets weird. Susan’s son was born with dwarfism and suffered severe psychological problems. Susan didn’t help much by keeping him vertually housebound. On the night of December 10, 1986, around 10:30 pm, police responded to a call that there was an intruder at the house. When they arrived, Roman told them that “a tall Latino with curly hair, dressed like a Japanese Ninja warrior”, had attacked them both, making off with about $70,000 cash. Roman told the cops that he fought with the intruder, and was knocked out. Susan had been murdered with a barbell. Eventually it became clear that 21 year old Roman was the murderer and received….. wait for it…… a 3 year suspended sentence. Turns out Susan was treating him w/ an untested growth hormone that changed his natural height of 4 ” to 5″4′ – causing some very, very bad side effects.