An Actress, a Disappearance, and a Cryptic Note: What Happened to Jean Spangler?

A Timeline of October 7, 1949

6 pm: A witness saw Jean at a local farmer’s market, which was a short walk from her apartment. The cashier at the market recalled seeing Jean taking her time in the store as if she was waiting for someone.

7 pm: Jean called Sophie to tell her that she wouldn’t be home that evening. She may have made the phone call from the farmer’s market rather than the studio, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

A woman purchasing produce at a farmer’s market
Illustrative photograph. Photo by Granger / Shutterstock

1:30 am: Witnesses saw Jean at the Cheese Box restaurant on Sunset and Laurel Canyon Blvd. She was with a tall, dark man, and it seemed to those watching that they were arguing. She was still at that restaurant at 2:30 am.