"In Memoriam"... Farfel (P. Barkelson)...

......in observance of the Oscars, the "In Memoriam" section of the evening is always very moving. Reflecting on those members of the industry who have passed away; and those who may have died young, perhaps even at the height of their fame, I felt it was important to mention some of the lesser "CELEBRITIES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PREMATURELY!!"........Farfel (P. Barkelson) (1950-1961) was killed when his co-star Jerry Mahoney and Mahoney's gay lover Danny O'Day backed over him in their driveway on the way to a meeting with their managers Jimmy Nelson and Paul Winchell. At the time it was rumored that Farfel was being paid more than the combined salaries of Mahoney, O'Day, Nelson, and Winchell put together. No charges were pressed however. The death was ruled an "unfortunate accident". Police discovered though that Farfel had possibly been abused sexually by the group on an ongoing basis by the old collar marks on his neck and the large leash collection they found in the mansion's soundproof basement. The coroner also found evidence of dog biscuits laced with barbiturates in Farfel's stomach. But still no charges were filed. O'Day, Mahoney, Nelson, and Winchell left the country shortly afterwards and years later opened a chain of gay guest houses in Mykonos, Provincetown, and Key West.....

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