Jean Harlow’s second husband was MGM executive Paul Bern. Two months after their 1932 wedding Bern was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in their Beverly Hills home. Police discovered a note at the scene that read:
Unfortunately this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and to wipe out my abject humiliation, I Love you.
You understand that last night was only a comedy”
The coroner ruled his death a suicide. However alternate theories about his death circulated for years. A witness claimed to have seen MGM producer Irving Thalberg tampering with evidence at the scene. Many contend that Bern was murdered by his common law wife who he abandoned to marry Harlow. Despite the investigation being re-opened in 1960 the evidence was inconclusive and it was later closed again. (.)