On this day in 1955, the hunky and talented actor James Dean was killed in an auto accident at the young age of twenty-four. It was early evening and the young Dean was taking his Porsche 550 Spyder to a race in Salinas. German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich was riding along and was injured in the crash, breaking his jaw and shattering his thighbone. Based on an earlier speeding ticket and the amount of distance Dean had traveled in a short time, it is believed that he was speeding when he approached an intersection and crashed into a Ford sedan that was making a left turn through the intersection. The driver of that car was a college student by the name of Donald Turnupseed and he was only injured in the crash. Neither Dean or Wütherich were wearing seatbelts. The picture from the wreck paints the picture of how violent the wreck was and why it killed Dean.
The German mechanic who had ridden with Dean when the accident occurred tried to kill himself a number of times. He was never successful, but he did go on to stab his wife fourteen times. He died in 1981 in a drunk driving accident. Was this about guilt or was he cursed?
The ghost of Dean appears as well. He has been spotted sitting on the tombstone and cold spots in the heat of summer can be felt around the grave. The area where the car crash occurred has also apparently been visited by a hitchhiking Dean who disappears when people stop to pick him up. The Porsche, driven by Dean, is sometimes seen cruising the highway as well. So is James Dean still roaming the earth? That is for you to decide.