Spangler was an actress, model, and dancer who disappeared mysteriously in 1949 (two years after the Black Dahlia murder) when she was just 26.
She left her Los Angeles home at around 5:00 p.m. on October 7, 1949, and told her sister-in-law, Sophie, that she was going to meet with her ex-husband to discuss child support payments and then to work on a night shoot. When she failed to return home the next day, Sophie filed a missing person report.
Two days later, police found Spangler's purse in Griffith park. In the purse was an unfinished note, written to someone named "Kirk." The note read:
"Can't wait any longer, Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work best this way while mother is away."
No one in Spangler's family or her circle of friends knew anyone named Kirk or Dr. Scott. Spangler's friends told police that she was pregnant at the time of her disappearance and seeking an abortion (which was illegal at the time). She was never found, however, and her case remains open.