Nye Beach Mystery Weekend. Saturday, March 8th, in Nye Beach! Cost is $10 per packet for one or more people. Available at Nye Cottage Beads. Gather clues and interrogate suspects between 10am and 5pm, then attend the reveal (free) which starts at 7pm.
Shocking Death Stuns Newport Audience
Newport Rain Times
March 8, 1954
Home-town celebrity Penelope Patua was pronounced dead during the intermission of the musical “Bertha the Vampire Slayer” at Newport High School last night. Penelope Patua, who grew up Penny Luss, first delighted Nye Beach audiences with her singing, dancing and acting from the age of 8. Ten years later, as everyone knows, she left Oregon, changed her name and started a brilliant career in Hollywood. The ravishingly beautiful star of stage and screen returned to her hometown to care for her ailing Grandmother Mable.
“Everyone loved Penny. She was a sweet and generous person. Nobody ever had anything bad to say about her.” Her father, Richard Luss, lamented. “And Hollywood didn’t change her. She was the same sweet person who spent time organizing fund-raisers and volunteering at the animal shelter.”
The coroner’s report reveals that Penelope died of asphyxia. Patua’s esophageal tissue was extremely irritated and swollen, which eventually halted her breathing.
The circumstances surrounding the actress’s death were dramatic and strange. Penelope, who headlined the musical as “Bertha,” had noticeable difficulty finishing her last song before intermission. When the musical didn’t resume as scheduled, the crowd grew anxious. Director Jill Luss, Penelope’s older sister, walked onstage at 8:35 PM to announce that the show could not go on.
“That gal had guts, I’ll tell you that right now,” said Inspector Willy Saulvet “I can’t believe she hung in through the first act. Her tongue and pipes were so swelled up I can’t believe she could sing at all.” Inspector Saulvet has not ruled out the possibility of foul play.
Willy Saulvet brought in the following suspects for questioning:
1) K. G. Guy shows up in Newport just after Penelope Patua arrives. Residents question why a big-time Hollywood agent would spend so much time in Newport.
2) Frank Lee is a drag-racing greaser who doesn’t like to talk about his past.
3) Gabs Amor is not shy about telling the whole world why she is the perfect wife and mother of 2.5 children. Strangely, she seems much less willing to talk about the mysterious death of her younger sister.
4) Faith Luss seems none-too-happy with the arrival of her famous step-daughter. Her husband hasn’t given her the time of day since the Hollywood starlet returned to Newport.
5) Jill Luss never made it in Hollywood, but tries to satisfy her thespian predilection by directing High School and community theater plays and musicals.
6) Marion Nett is often more comfortable miming than speaking, particularly if the questions are about her son who lived in her basement for three years.
Nye Beach Mystery Weekend. It’s this Saturday, March 8th, in Nye Beach! Cost is $10 per packet for one or more people. Available at Nye Cottage Beads. Gather clues and interrogate suspects between 10am and 5pm, then attend the reveal (free) which starts at 7pm.