Jayne Mansfield & Anton LaVey

“Movie star Jayne Mansfield and notorious Satanist Anton LaVey met in 1966. Both were publicity conscious and made the most of the meetings, which evolved into friendship. Almost always present was German paparazzo Walter Fischer, stationed in Hollywood and catering to image- and scandal-hungry photo magazines all over the world.

Fischer’s unique collection of photos takes us straight into the ritual chamber of the Church of Satan in LaVey’s infamous “black house” in San Francisco, as well as into Mansfield’s Hollywood “pink palace”.

These were wild and narcissistic times in America. Few understood the power of media exposure better than Jayne Mansfield and Anton LaVey.”

– from California Infernal, Trapart Books, 152 pages, 2016.

Everything in her dress is going to blow.

–Sophia Loren

”Her head was attached as much as mine is,” says Jim Roberts, gently dismissing a longstanding myth about Jayne Mansfield’s grisly demise. The accepted version … has it that Mansfield was beheaded when she died in a car accident just outside of New Orleans on June 29, 1967. Roberts says the beheading part is hooey, and he should know — he was her undertaker. ”People always figured wrong about Jayne,” he laments.

— New York Times, May 04, 1997.

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