fair mare

Today’s post was going to be about Art Acord, a movie star from the silent era who also worked as a stunt rider in rodeos and Wild West shows.

Because of a heavy drinking problem and his inability to adapt to the advent of talkies, Acord’s film career faded, and he ended up mining in Mexico. Shortly before his death, Acord appears to have attempted to orchestrate his own kidnapping as a publicity stunt.

Art Acord died in Chihuahua, Mexico, on January 4, 1931 from cyanide poisoning and complications related to hepatitis. Official Mexican records called it a suicide, but some of Acord’s friends over the years insisted that he had been murdered by a Mexican politician who had caught Acord having an affair with his wife.

His death sounds somewhat mysterious but it was the phrase “orchestrate his own kidnapping” that got my attention. It reminded me of the con trick perpetrated by little known singer Fairlie Arrow when she faked her own abduction in 1991.

The entertainer, who was found bound and blindfolded on the roadside at Mudgeeraba, claimed she had been been kidnapped by a crazed fan in a 48-hour ordeal during which she was supposedly tied to a four-poster bed.

But she later admitted it was all a publicity stunt, cooked up by her and her gold chain-wearing, tow-truck-driving svengali Bob Deering, to promote her singing career.

During her two-day “kidnapping” she hid out at a Nerang motel. Arrow was later fined $5000 for the hoax and ordered to pay $18,500 in costs. She went on to pose nude for a men’s magazine and now lives in the US.

Reading that old news article prompted me to investigate what Fairlie is up to these days. Apparently she shares Art Acord’s interest in horses.

The Las Vegas World Invitational Show Jumping Extravaganza resulted in checks issued to most riders and officials bouncing or the recipients being advised not to cash them as no funds were available. Promises by David R. Shriner, chairman and chief executive officer, and Fairlie Arrow, executive in charge of production for Equus Entertainment that staged the event, to honor an estimated $1 million in outstanding obligations have not been met.

Poor Fairlie, I hope she got that sorted out. At least she’s got another career to fall back on

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Fairlie Arrow, a third degree black belt martial artist and a three times world lightweight kickboxing champion also released a series of kickboxing workout video tapes entitled “The TaeKickBoxing Workout” which are available through Madacy Home Video Entertainment and are number two on the best seller list of workout tapes.

Any Mexican politician with a pocketful of cyanide would be advised to steer clear of Fairlie…..

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  1. All sounds a bit like day time tv shows. Versatile kind of gal though.

    • Yeah, I guess that part of her is admirable

  2. Dear diary: Found a hot blonde chick bound and blindfolded by the side of the road. It’s going to be a good day.

    • That’s an excerpt from Tag Larkin’s diary isn’t it?

  3. People should avoid heavy drinks ….. too much like hard work ……. a small glass of sherry should suffice ………

  4. If you are going to write bad checks I guess nunchuck skills might be useful.

  5. Great now I have “kung fu fighting” stuck in my head.

  6. I have often thought of staging my own kidnapping…but then i think no one would even realise i was gone….woe…

    • I’d notice Saby. Though I’m not sure what I could do about it from here 😉

  7. Staging one’s kidnapping is so blase’ nowadays that no one really pays attention.

    Now if she did something really strange, like say, check into a convent or something, then people might sit up and take notic.

  8. she sounds like Paris Hilton with marginally better talent… but selling MonaVie? Offering business advice? i don’t care if she can kick my ass, she’s a high profile loser…

  9. I think it takes more guts to lie bound by the side of the road than to fake your own kidnapping. I’d have given her 50/50 odds of surviving the first person who found her. We live in a nutjob society. I know I wouldn’t have the balls to do even that.

  10. Hmmm…faking one’s own kidnapping. Might be a good idea for any of the American Idol stars who don’t make the final cut. It could give them one more second in the light before they fade into oblivion and deodorant commercials.

  11. You post the most interesting things. 🙂

    I’ve got to agree with Scott. Tied up on the side of the road is a really, really scary place to be. Maybe she had a lookout. Someone to rush to the rescue if someone “unhelpful” found her.

    Maybe that’s who taught her kickboxing. Her kickboxing trainer was also her lookout during her self-kidnapping escapade before she got involved in the equine competition scandal.

  12. I’m curious as to how a stunt rider with a drink problem turns out to become a mime in Mexico.

    (I’m examining new career options)

    • I would have thought working in a library already required you to mime, do stunts and drink heavily

      • yes, but Mexico?

  13. I’d shoot my own arrow at her target, straight and true.

  14. I love stupid cons, we have had a few of them locally like this, I will try and find some for you enjoyment

  15. This is what Reality TV must look like when no cameras are around

  16. mr. acord has very strange eyes.
    a lot of people are unattractive when they talk.
    if i were to fake my own kidnapping,
    being tied to a bed would be my choice too.
    but don’t tell anyone.

  17. All sounds fairlie dodgy to me…

    • hARROWing in fact

  18. Not bad looking at all if that’s her in the pictures. I’m shocked they have not cast her in b level martial arts fare.

    • Maybe she doesn’t consider herself to be B Grade material 😉

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