The media treats them like living gods and goddesses, but celebrities are no better than ordinary mortals.

And sometimes they make mistakes, terrible acts, including murder. The difference between them and us is that they don’t always pay for their crimes.

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10 /10 Robert Blake

The actor was the protagonist of one of the most highly-publicized murder trials of the 21 century. In 2001, Blake was accused of killing his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, who was found shot dead in their car, not far from the restaurant where they’d just had dinner.

Blake has always denied killing her, although two witnesses came forth and testified that the actor had asked them to kill his wife, with whom he had a very complicated relationship.

Blake was eventually acquitted of the murder in the criminal trial. He was found guilty in the civil case and ordered to pay $30 million to Bonnie Lee’s family.

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9 /10 John Landis

The highly-acclaimed director was involved in the death of actor Vic Morrow and two children playing as extras during the filming of The Twilight Zone: The Movie.

The tragedy happened when the three victims were caught under an out-of-control helicopter that fell over them.

Landis was acquitted on the manslaughter charges, but he was later sued by the families and paid millions of dollars in punitive damages.

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8 /10 Lillo Brancato, Jr.

Remember the teenager who finds a second father in the local Mafia boss, Sonny, in A Bronx Tale (1993)? That was Lillo Brancato Jr, and in 2005 he was charged with murder for the death of a police officer in, yes, Bronx.

Initially charged with first-degree murder, the actor was only convicted for burglary, as it was determined the father of his girlfriend shot the fatal bullet.

Brancato got a 10-year sentence and was released on parole in 2013. He’s now trying to resume his acting career. 

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7 /10 Vince Neil

Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil was responsible for a car crash in which his friend Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley was fatally wounded. The tragedy happened in 1984 in California, when the two men, both drunk, went out to buy more booze.

Vince Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter, sentenced to 30 days in jail, and ordered to pay more than $2 million as restitution to the victim’s family. He was released after 15 days for good behavior.

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6 /10 Aaron Hernandez

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a long history of violence when he was charged with the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013.

The evidence against him was substantial enough for him to be convicted, unlike another double-shooting incident in which he allegedly shot two death to people.

This last case came to trial while Hernandez was already in jail for the Lloyd murder. Soon after being acquitted in the double homicide, Hernandez hanged himself in his cell.

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5 /10 Michael Massee

Many will remember the actor The Gentleman in the Amazing Spiderman franchise made his debut in the 1994 cult movie The Crow. His name will be forever tied to The Crow, not for his performance but for the tragic incident in which Massee fatally shot the protagonist, Brandon Lee.

It was an accident, as everyone knows, as he was handed a gun with a bullet somehow lodged inside, but Massee had to live for the rest of his life with the guilt of having unwittingly killed a man and a promising young actor.

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4 /10 Sid Vicious

The troubled Sex Pistols bassist killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978, during a fight. The murder took place on October 12, 1978, and initially, Vicious said he’d found her dead on the bathroom floor with a stab wound in the abdomen.

However, he later admitted to stabbing Nancy, although he said he never meant to kill her, which was probably right.

Over the next few months, he repeatedly said he should be underground with Nancy. In February, Sid Vicious died of an overdose many believed was a suicide.

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3 /10 Snoop Dogg

The rapper was charged in 1993 with the murder of a rival gang member. According to the prosecution, Snoop Dogg was driving the car, and it was his bodyguard who shot the guy.

However, the rapper hired famous lawyer Johnnie Cochran, so both he and his bodyguard were acquitted.

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2 /10 O.J. Simpson

No matter what the justice system decided, OJ Simpson will always be on a killer celebrities list after his highly-publicized 1994 trial.

Simpson was charged with killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her boyfriend Ron Goldman outside their condo in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

His stellar defense team made it sure that Simpson was acquitted despite all the evidence against him. However, he was convicted for the same murders in a civil suit and ordered substantial damages to the two victims’ families.

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1 /10 Oscar Pistorius

Former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was convicted in 2015 to murder his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. At the time of the crime, Pistorius claimed he thought an intruder was hiding in the bathroom, which is why he shot three bullets through the door.

Nobody bought his explanation. Although he initially got away with a five-year sentence, that was later extended to 15 years. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2023.

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