September 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998
"I've succeeded beyond my wildest dreams -
financially and the mount of fun I have in my life."
The Hartmans lived in Encino, California. Just around the corner from the
Cha Cha Cha fine Caribbean Cuisine.
40 year old Brynn Hartman was slamming down margaritas at Buca
di Bepo on Ventura Blvd, just a couple of blocks from the family home. She
returned home sometime between 2 and 3 a.m., completely drunk and coked up. She had been drinking that night with a friend till 10
o'clock. I don't know where she went after
From what I gather, their 11-year marriage was stormy at best.
According to one account, she was upset because she had read a note from Phil
the night before, implying that he wanted to end the marriage. Other reports
state that they were in counseling, and things were improving. Whatever the
cause, she was definitely having a bad day.
There is an odd topiary rabbit in front of it. I can only hope that it was
there prior to them moving in and they planned to destroy it (maybe that's what set her off.).
49 year-old Phil was asleep in bed, wearing a purple T-shirt and boxer shorts
with cartoon Dachshunds on them, from The GAP. True. She shot
him 3 times: in the forehead, neck and forearm. Weirdly, it was the forearm
bullet that killed him. It reentered his chest, and got him that way.
After she killed him, she went to a friend's (Hello. I've just murdered my
husband, and I've come to involve you. (stolen from John Waters)) house and told him,
"I shot Phil." He didn't believe her. She fell asleep, and friend
searched her purse, and found a Smith and Wesson revolver. Friend put it in a
plastic SAV-ON grocery bag. Product placement. Brynn woke up three hours later, and
she took the friend back to the scene. Friend checks out that Phil is indeedy
deady dead dead, and calls 911.
I think there's been a shooting here. She came to my
house and she was drunk. She said she had killed her husband and I didn't
Shortly after the police arrived at 6:20 a.m., Brynn locked herself in the
bedroom. Friend gave police the revolver, and they escort the couple's 2
children from the premises. Police tried to talk Brynn out of the bedroom, but
she crying hysterically and wasn't budging. They broke a bedroom window to try
to distract her. It didn't work. Well, not the way they intended it to. She
pulled out another gun, stuck it in her mouth, and pulled the trigger. Cops
broke down the door, and found her unresponsive. They confiscated the gun. She
was wearing white cotton T-shirt with the number 9 on the chest (also from The
GAP), and brown argyle socks. Oh, the indignity.
Both of them were lying on the King-size bed. Phil was lying on his right
side, and Brynn's head was on a pillow.
Their bodies were removed and taken to the Medical Examiners for
an autopsy. Upon examination, it showed that Brynn's had consumed alcohol,
cocaine and an antidepressant, Zoloft.
The official verdict was murder/suicide.
Their bodies were cremated at Forest Lawn Glendale. There was a funeral
service on the 4th of June, attended by the kids. Their ashes were
supposedly scattered off Catalina Island, per Phil's will.
is suing the makers of Zoloft.
This just in, June 2000, from Findadeath.com
Just wanted to let you know that it wasn't the bullet through the forearm that killed Phil as you say, it was the shot to the head. The bullet through the forearm was the 3rd shot and a fatal one BUT the bullet in the head was the first. It was also considered a fatal one. The real oddity is the one through the neck; if it had been the only one then he would have lived. Probably voiceless though and that would have certainly been unbearable for a man such as he was. Also as a side note the makers of Zoloft have settled the case out of court and the kids won (I believe) $10,000 each. This was just announced on the second anniversary of
Phil's death, May 28th of this year.
August 2000 - got this from another
Findadeath.com friend: You may or may not know this already, and discard it, but...
Another one of the rough spots in the marriage between Phil and Brynn Hartman was his success in show business, and her repeated failure in her
attempts to make anything of herself in the spotlight. Remember the old Saturday Night Live intros, while Phil was on the show? When they flash to
him in a restaurant booth, you see a blond woman just in front of him, with her back to the camera, and one of her earrings swinging slightly. That woman is Brynn. In filming that little clip, they'd had to shoot it and
reshoot it because Brynn had kept trying to turn her head to get her face in the shot. (Hence the reason for that little swing to her earring.) Useless
fact? Maybe, but still a little creepyneat.
Thank ya kindly - S
Findadeath.com friend Dennis L. sends
this: Phil was born in Brantford, Ontario. Only a few months before
he was killed, his hometown honored him with a plaque on their Walk of Fame, for
city folk done good. His wife did not attend the ceremony. Last
year, Phil's brother started a comedy showcase there, in honor of his brother.
This just in, January 2003, from Findadeath
have talked to an expert witness that was going to testify in the lawsuit
against the makers of Zoloft. There was evidence that most of the alcohol and cocaine
was ingested after the killing. She had also been complaining to friends that she
felt odd after taking the Zoloft, which was given to her as a sample pack. The settlement
was undisclosed and more than $10,000. The makers of Paxil lost a lawsuit in
Wyoming last year. It was found that Paxil caused a man to kill his wife,
daughter and granddaughter. These meds have a side-effect called Akathisia which
has been linked to violence. The also can cause Mania and Psychosis.
was a founding member of The Groundlings - a comedy group in LA that has
launched skads of performers that are very famous. When I visited
recently, I saw that their auditorium is dedicated to Phil.
thank Findadeath.com friend Terri Rios for her terrific photographs.
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