"Ходили слухи, позже переросшие в городскую легенду, что в этой аварии Мэнсфилд оторвало голову."
In 1967, Mansfield was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club. After two appearances on the evening of June 28, Mansfield, Sam Brody (her attorney and companion), their driver Ronnie Harrison (age 20), and three of her children— Miklós, Zoltán, and Mariska—left Biloxi after midnight in a 1966 Buick Electra 225.
Their destination was New Orleans, where Mansfield was to appear on WDSU's Midday Show the next day. At about 2:25 a.m., on U.S. Highway 90 west of the Rigolets Bridge, the Buick crashed at high speed into the rear of a tractor-trailer shrouded in insecticide fog that had slowed behind a truck spraying mosquito fogger. The three adults in the front seat died instantly. The children, asleep in the rear seat, survived with minor injuries.
Reports that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, although she suffered severe head trauma. This urban legend started with the appearance in police photographs of the crashed car with its top virtually sheared off, and what resembled a blonde-haired head tangled in the car's smashed windshield. However, the blonde object was a wig Mansfield was wearing, and possibly parts of her real hair and scalp. Her death certificate stated that the immediate cause of death was a "crushed skull with avulsion of cranium and brain"
Buick Electra (Бьюик Электра) — полноразмерный представительский автомобиль, выпускавшийся компанией Buick с 1959 по 1990 годы. Харлоу Кэртис, руководивший отделением Buick, и позже возглавивший General Motors, назвал автомобиль в честь известного скульптора Электры Ваггонер-Биггс (англ. Electra Waggoner Biggs).