February 12, 2020: Christa Helm Stabbed
Today is Wednesday February Twelfth Twenty twenty on this day in Nineteen seventy seven seven twenty seven year old actress Christa. Helm was stabbed and killed on the streets of West Hollywood days before her death. Helms sent a postcard to a friend. It read I'm in way over my head here. I'm into something I can't get out out of welcome to today and true crime podcast past original. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today. I'm joined by our guest host Jamie rice of the podcast murderous episodes of murderous. Take you WANNA chronological journey through a fascinating murder disappearance or mysterious death Jamie also interviews people involved in high profile. Oh crimes bringing you a deeper more personal perspective. She's here today to discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while I'll L. cover the narrative. Thanks for having me Vanessa pillow everyone. I'm excited to dive into the tragic murder of Christa helm living in La. This case hits close to home as I'm sure it does for you to Vanessa. Oh yes it does. I'm thrilled to have you help. Cover this case due to the graphic nature of today's crimes James Listener discretion is advised extreme. Caution is advised for listeners under thirteen. Now let's travel back to the Hollywood hills on the evening of February twelfth. Nineteen seventy seven sometime after dark Christa helm and her roommate. Stephanie were going out dancing in west. Hollywood the twenty seven year old bombshell actress live the life of a carefree disco party girl but helm was no Faye dunaway or Jane Fonda the young actress's career it hadn't been propelled into the type of stardom she so badly desired instead. She was more famous for making headlines in the gossip columns hell moved to New York at Twenty One and California at twenty three but wherever she was is she was networking and it was easy. She was outgoing. personable and funny friends described her as gifted courageous. We just brilliant creative and a rare shining light with no fear not to mention. She was beautiful and not the least least bit shy about flaunting. Her sexual prowess two men or women. By twenty seven helm had slept her way into some of the most powerful or full circles in both New York and Hollywood her flings allegedly included the likes of quarterback. Joe Nemeth Rocker Mick. Jagger pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck director Roman Polanski and actors Desi Arnez Junior George Hamilton and Warren Beatty not not to mention the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Alavi and supposedly. She kept detailed accounts of her sexual escapades. SKIP AIDS in a little black book. There are claims that it included a grading system ranking her most intimate encounters from best the two worst along with the book. There were also rumors that she had taped some of her rendezvous booze and that book and those tapes were said to go everywhere everywhere with her. The night of February twelfth was no exception when helm partied at a nightclub in West Hollywood as the night wore on helm phoned her friend. Sanford Sandy Smith. He was a Hollywood talent Scout Scout. She wanted him to come out with her but Smith said no he was heading to bed. Helm wasn't used to hearing the word no especially from a man Dan so she grabbed her roommates and decided to drive to Smith's house she surely be able to convince him in person. We know that the car horror arrived at Smith's address on Lloyd place in West Hollywood shortly after helm was attacked right outside the house. Whoever it was made sure she didn't survive? Helm was stabbed twenty times which included wounds to both her face and neck. She was then bludgeoned with a blunt object and left to bleed out on the street stab wounds in her hands. Hands and arms indicate that helm fought back against her attacker but it wasn't enough to save her life. Her body was found shortly after by by a man who happened to be crossing the street. Allegedly he watched her let out a long deep breath. It was is her last. According to Smith he never saw helm that night he was asleep. He heard nothing not even her screams. Ask for the purse that likely held her little black book and some very scandalous tapes. It was gone coming up did Hollywood's biggest stars conspired to cover up krista Helms murder now back to the story on the evening of February Twelfth Nineteen Seventy seven twenty a seven year old actress Christa. Helm was murdered outside of Sanford. Smith's home in the Hollywood hills my guest host Jamie is going to takeover from here to discuss the details of Krista Helms mysterious murder thanks Vanessa. Here's what we know about Christa Helm. She was born. Sandra Sandra Lynn Wolf file in Milwaukee Wisconsin and came from humble beginnings her childhood was riddled with abuse and violence from the various men. Her Mother Dolores Laurus brought home at sixteen. She became pregnant by a man named Greg Clement. Ten years her senior they had a shotgun wedding in Chicago. Oh but after. The baby was born Clement. Vanished helm was left to fend for herself waiting tables then she and fellow waitress Diana. The Mitchell were invited to attend a show at the playboy mansion in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Both women were asked back to audition and they were hired on the spot. Neither of them actually ended up working as bunnies but the flirtation with a new lifestyle planted a seed in the girls heads then when Helm Helm turned twenty one she and Mitchell moved to New York to pursue modeling helm eventually got a job waiting. Tables at the gaslight club where she met her first Celebrity Boyfriend Buffalo Bill Safety Ray Bruce as a other influential friends included candy darling. The iconic transsexual model made famous in Andy Warhol's are and Broadway. Producers Stuart Duncan Pretty Soon Helms modeling career career took off. She moved into a luxury apartment and bought a brand new corvette. It's important to note however that there are quite a few claims that helm. Tom Didn't exactly become independently wealthy. It's likely that she was partially funded by the wealthy men. She kept in her company at twenty three see. The actress moved to Hollywood where she expanded upon her luxurious lifestyle in continued making connections while some might refer to helm as a Hollywood starlet starlet. The truth isn't quite so glamorous today her IMDB page has just a handful of credits and UN credited. Role on the nineteen seventies TV series Starsky and Hutch. A woman named Rita on an episode of wonder woman and a bit part in the C- Horror Film legacy the of Satan. Her One starring turn was in a film called. Let's go for broke an R.. Rated James Bond esque movie were held. Played the lead. Jackie broke but it didn't exactly break the box office. Perhaps the most interesting thing about helm was the lengths that she went to in her quest for fame. When acting didn't work out she tried singing? She secured a record deal for a disco album but the project fell apart before it was completed did though not before it spawned a steamy tryst with her female backup singer Patti Collins. The one single she made let's go for broke was featured in the film of the same name and then there was the little black book some claims. She kept it so she could one day. Write a tell all memoir others others thought it was a way to blackmail her way into the industry but no matter which way you spin it that book and her sex tapes are most likely the reason she was killed the strongest piece of evidence to support this conclusion is the lack of press attention surrounding her murder. It's led some to believe that one or many figures in Hollywood buried the story. Police interviewed more than seventy suspects. But each and every one of their leads allegedly allegedly went cold based on the number of vital organs that were hit during the attack some belief helm was assassinated others. Believe leave it was Lionel Williams who had committed a strikingly similar murder just one year prior more recently however police took DNA evidence evidence from Helms fingernails and as it turns out her attacker or one of her attackers was female so who killed Christa Helm from the Shah of Iran to Patty Collins to Sanford Smith. The list of suspects from the little black book is endless. There are many household names who are still alive today going about their days comforted by the fact that Helen's book and tapes never saw the light of day. The question is who wanted it most and who oh had the means to not get caught as for Christa Helms daughter Nicole. She still seeks justice for her mother's brutal well and untimely murder. I'm Vanessa Richardson for for more information. On Christa helm check out the episodes of podcast original unsolved murders. The dive deeper into her case. Thanks again Jamie for joining me today. Thanks so much for having me. You can find my podcast murderous on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today in true crime crime is a podcast original. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only does spotify already. Have all of your favorite Britt music but now spotify making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today and true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker speaker two stream today and true crime on spotify. Just open the APP and type today in true crime in the search bar at podcast. Were grateful for you our listeners. I do allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and instagram. 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