Carol Wayne, the buxom blonde actress who appeared many times on the Johnny Carson show in the 1970s, couldn’t swim.
She didn’t even like to go near the water. She was terrified of water, her personal assistant said.
On January 10, 1985, she was on vacation at the Las Hadas resort in Manzanillo, Mexico, with Los Angeles car salesman and sometime horror film director Ed Durston.
They had a heated argument and Carol reportedly took a walk on the beach to “cool off.”
Three days later, January 13, a fisherman found her body in Santiago Bay. She was 42.
When local officials went looking for Durston he had checked out of the hotel and was back in L.A., apparently unconcerned about Carol’s fate. Unless, of course, he knew! He left her luggage at the airport with a message that she would pick it up next morning.
There were no drugs or alcohol in Carol’s body. She was quickly cremated and her ashes shipped back to her 13-year-old son in Los Angeles.
Carol Wayne’s death was ruled an accident by Mexican authorities, but few people believed that.
“Carol Wayne’s death is unsolved,” the U.S. Consul said at the time. “But I don’t think it was a drowning. There is much more to it than that.”
To this day, no one knows what really happened to Carol Wayne.
Here’s the kicker about Durston. In 1969 he was the last person to be with TV host Art Linkletter’s daughter Diane before she plunged six floors to her death from a West Hollywood apartment building. The death was ruled a suicide.
Makes you wonder. Whatever Durston did or whatever he knew, he took to the grave with him in 2010.
And the death of Johnny Carson’s skit mate is still a mystery.