Kellie Everts had settled down. She was nineteen
years old, her baby Vivian was in the crib, and
her schoolteacher husband, Stanley Everts, wanted
her to stay home. But Kellie didn't want to stay
home. One of her hobbies was reading bodybuilding
magazines, like Strength and Health, admiring the
pictures and wishing she could be in the "big
all, she had run away from home at 16, came to Hollywood
to be a model (which to her meant star) and had
already posed for some photos. Her husband ripped
all the photos up, but Kellie believed she could
be a somebody.
hobby was beauty contests. She'd been scouring the
earth searching for ones she could be in, to prove
she was beautiful. Coming from an abusive home,
Kellie had to PROVE she was beautiful, because they
made her feel ugly.
A MS BODY BEAUTIFUL PHOTO CONTEST IN STRENGTH AND
1965 Strength & Health photo which Vern
Weaver, Mr. Amercia, saw. came to New York
to introduce Kellie to to Bill McArdle and
his photographer. This led to the dire consequences
in this chapter.
sends in one of those photos recently taken in Hollywood,
in an translucent pink suit with spaghetti straps.
The picture, when printed, makes the other ladies
look sort of... amateurish. After all, her photographer,
Keith Bernard, had photographed Jayne Mansfield!
The other lady's photos looked like snapshots husbands
and friends had taken.
gets a letter. It's a soppy fan letter from, of
all people, A MR AMERICA! He's in New York but says
he's coming to L.A. He says,
ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I'VE EVER SEEN!'
is on cloud 9. Mr. America,(was it "61?) VERN
WEAVER is now in town, and he has INVITED KELLIE
TO A BODYBUILDING SHOW! All the stars will be there.
(Is it Mr California?) Kellie tells Stanley Everts
SHE IS GOING whether he likes it or not. This is
business, career - not a date. She wants to be a
model and this could open doors. The husband, who
is recovering from a cancer operation, can't do
much but sit around. He does not like what is going
on, but Kellie has her way. She tells Vern Weaver
to pick her up in front of the apartment building,
16525 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, and he does.
was dressed to the nine's. She had begged her husband
for money to buy a new outfit, and it was gorgeous:
a body-hugging light blue knitted dress with scoop
neck and 3/4 sleeves, with its own, (believe it
or nor) magnificent light blue marabou feather stole.
She spent two hours on her makeup and hair and of
course, wore high heels.
watched the show with Vern Weaver, and to this day,
cannot recall a thing of it. She only remembers
after, when she was introduced to Bill Pearl, and
then, TO A PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE NEWLY (was it "62-"63?")
CHOSEN MR CALIFORNIA.
here was the best part: The photographer asked her
IF SHE'D LIKE TO POSE FOR THE COVER OF STRENGTH
AND HEALTH WITH BILL MCARDLE, MR CALIFORNIA, standing
right before her. WOW.
This was it! This was the opportunity she'd been
waiting for, and at 19, life as a model would begin.
lifted her weights with more than usual enthusiasm.
Her husband told her not to go, but she insisted.
She left him there, totally morose, and took off
with the two men.
was a long trip, like 45 minutes, and the first
mistake (in retrospect) was letting them park her
in the front middle seat, where they were too close
for comfort. Kellie was extremely nervous and insecure,
giggling at everything, and they probably took her
for naive. Naive was her.
away, Bill McArdle gets a hard on. He keeps pushing
it down but it won't listen. This makes Kellie even
more nervous. They finally get the the whatever
studio to the God-knows-where Valley and settle
in for picture taking. Kellie has never done photos
with a bodybuilder before and they tell her this
and that, and she does it perfectly. She keeps picturing
herself on the cover of the magazine.
there is one problem: McArdle has a perpetual hard
on. The photographer finally gives up, and does
something only a man would do, in sympathy for another
man. He decides to leave the two of them there alone,
so McArdle can RELIEVE HIMSELF OF HIS PROBLEM.
Pal! Did you think about the lady? Did you think
about how she would feel or whether she'd be safe
with this hulk? Whether she wanted to be alone?
No, you only thought of him, because you put yourself
in his trunks and understood his feelings, but not
hers. As an older man, you should have thought of
her safety. Couldn't you have thought of this 19
year old girl as your daughter, rather than as a
photographer exits and Bill McArdle starts fondling
Kellie. She runs off, and he keeps following. She
runs into the bathroom and locks the door, and waits....and
waits and waits. Twenty minutes go by, no photographer.
McArdle goes to the door and begs her to come out
- he won't touch her. Finally, she comes out. He
grabs her again, and throws her down on the couch.
As they wrestle, it has not even occurred to her
she's getting raped. She's never been raped before.
In about one minute McArdle pulls aside the crotch
of that infamous translucent suit aside, puts in
his penis and shoots his load. It takes ONE MINUTE.
must have had it timed, because within another minute,
the photographer walks in. Maybe he was in another
room where he could watch and listen. Who knows.
It just seems strange he walked in only when it
was over, and exactly when it was over.
of photo shoot. No more photos. Kellie is whining
me?.....why are men so brutal to me?...I went on
an appointment for a part in a movie, and the casting
director threw me on this bed and I had to wrestle
with him, and now this!"
they drive her home, they use this against her,
go on appointments where men throw you on couches...
don't accuse us of doing anything."
had her trapped. With no experience, no one to turn
to or confide in, Kellie was lost. She decided never
to mention the incident again, to anyone, ever.
But that wasn't possible.
months went by and no menstrual period. With a husband
that's been rendered sterile by the last operation,
it can't be his. Kellie's been made pregnant by
Bill McArdle! Pure hysteria now takes over. She's
all alone in a new area, with no family and friends,
just a jealous husband that will say,
told you so."
calls a local doctor and visits him. She tells him
the story. He's a poor, old man who seems genuinely
concerned. He looks inside and with gravity says,
afraid you ARE pregnant."
cries. He says,
tell anyone I told you this, but take a large amount
of your birth control pills and that could terminate
is too scared to try that. She is not thinking straight.
She begins to call that studio, which also has a
gym, daily to talk to McArdle, and finally gets
him. She blurts out,
pregnant and you did it!"
you taking anything for it?"
says no. ( She had been taking birth control pills
but stopped after her husband's operation. That's
the time, she later reads, a woman's most susceptible
to pregnancy, when she's been taking the pills and
stops. The body tries to make up for what the pill
prevented, or something.)
she is talking to THE BEAST, her husband walks right
in the door. She screams,
man raped me and got me pregnant!"
husband gets on the phone with him and McArdle persuades
him Kellie did it willingly. The husband believes
wonder why people believe liars. It's because they
WANT to believe. It's because they have evil minds
and judge and condemn because they want to believe
the worst of you.
case scenario. First, Kellie calls all the bodybuilding
organizations to try and get help. What kind of
help? She doesn't even know herself. She's having
a nervous breakdown or something. She gets some
office that knows him, and screams and cries. A
sympathetic lady gives her his home address. She
tells Kellie that BILL MCARDLE HAS A WIFE AND SMALL
go out there and tell his wife what he did to me."
plans for days but can't do it, thinking,
That would be a bad idea. I don't want to hurt his
wife. His wife didn't do anything and that would
traumatize her...and her with a small child."
is the Kellie Everts' pattern. No matter how badly
she's been abused, she is slow to retaliate. She
knows enough about God, through her Catholic upbringing,
that forgiveness is best.
she decides, she just has to get an abortion. Abortions
are illegal and she does not search for a kitchen-table
deal. She decides to go to Mexico, alone, and not
Tijuana, because it's sleazy, but Acapulco, because
it's probably safer. She has no idea that Acapulco
is a great distance away, but that is where she
evil affair ended the marriage of Kellie and Stanley
Everts. He always believed Bill McArdle's side of
the story. Kellie then tried to leave him and he
jumped on her, crushed down her chest with his knees
chest and tried to strangle her. She got away, grabbed
her baby and ran. She stayed in a motel, signed
up with an agency and supported themselves by modeling.
She returned to him to take care of him as his cancer
was terminal. He had called every motel till he
found her, and begged for help. She nursed him till
he died. After his death, she learned his small
life insurance was cancelled (he did not even procure
it. An older, wiser crippled teacher made him get
this insurance because they all knew he had cancer..and
with a wife and baby...and it was one of those you
don't need a checkup for,) leaving herself and the
baby destitute. This all stemmed from the McArdle
affair. Bill McArdle, with his uncontrollable desire
to have one orgasm in Kellie, had pushed her life
onto a road of hardship of many years. If Bill McArdle
had not raped her, and if her husband had not been
an asshole, Kellie would have had $20,000. to tide
her over till she got her bearings. But as it was,
she had BUT $5. TO HER NAME AFTER STANLEY WAS BURIED.
His own mother - Vivian Everts - did have money,
but did not help at all. Kellie did not know how
to ask for help because she had been seriously abused
and could not CONCEIVE of anyone helping her. It
took her many years to get used to the idea that
OTHER PEOPLE COULD AND SHOULD HELP HER.
is how Kellie Everts dropped all plans about modeling
and movies. Her career had just started (she did
appear in two movies) but you have to have a cushion
to go on auditions. Kellie went straight to "The
Ball," a private men's club in Santa Monica,
and embarked on what would be her life's profession:
a topless dancer, a stripper. Not only was she hired
but the owner said she was the best one. A new and
different life started that was a challenge every
step of the way. A young woman, with a baby, no
family support, working in an industry that perceived
women as commodities. Financial and emotional hardship
is extremely sorry for the abortion. She knew it
was a boy - because she asked the doctor. She prayed
for forgiveness; she prayed for the baby. At that
time, she knew you could have a legal abortion if
you presented a case of rape - but it was complicated.
She didn't have time. She thought that it was also
considered legitimate, in the eyes of the Church,
to abort if you were raped. But that is not the
One futile thing she DID do was go to that valley
place (was it San Fernando Valley?) and talk to
the police. Her baby screaming in her arms, she
tries to explain to detectives how this man raped
her and now she is pregnant.
must understand THIS WAS 1964 or 65. (Kellie did
not keep journals in these times. Vivian was born
June, 1964 and she was a babe in arms.) The world
was ten times more against women than it is today.
Women who tried to get justice for the rape and
violence of men were looked upon by men in charge
- as - "she probably had it coming". And
also, men stuck together. If a man hurts a woman,
get him off, because it'll be me next, and my buddy
will get me off."
baby in her arms was screaming her head off. Nobody
could concentrate. The detective asked one of the
ladies to take Vivian into another room for the
time being. Finally, his judgment:
do not believe a 240 pound bodybuilder can rape
a 130 pound woman."
IS THE GOD'S TRUTH. THIS IS WHAT THE MAN SAID -
AND THAT, WITH A COLD, HARD, LOOK TO HIS FACE. KELLIE
many years, Kellie had prayed both for her aborted
baby. She had found a special book on how to do
the year 2002 Kellie Everts had an experience that
topped all. She was dreaming of being in a kind
of public place, and she was sitting in a special
chair. It was two chairs together, both round with
round backs. One part of the chair faced one way,
and the other the opposite. In the other chair sat
a beautiful young man, kind of husky with maybe
goldeny dark blonde hair. Their eyes somehow met
and he leaned over to her, close to her face and
kissed her in a most loving way. In the dream, she
was wondering who this much younger man is, and
WHY is he attracted to me? He said, with great feeling,
returned his warmth with her own,
LOVE YOU, TOO.'
made him extremely happy.
woke up from the dream, prayed and asked God what
it meant, and God said to her, in so many words,
was Edmund, your son. He's in Heaven, where he's
grown up these past years, and is now just as you
came to the eyes of Kellie Everts. She had communicated
with her long-lost son. She saw him, and what he
looked like. HE LOOKED LIKE A COMBINATION OF HER
AND BILL MCARDLE BUT HE WAS A TOTAL INDIVIDUAL!
Most bodybuilders are short, believe it or not,
and her son was rather short - say 5'8" or
so, just like McArdle. He was not muscle bound but
he had the strong body stock for a muscle champion.
He was in Heaven, and he loved her and knew that
she loved him! She thought about how a child must
feel KNOWING ITS OWN MOTHER KILLED IT! But yet,
in the mercy of God, since she repented and prayed
and loved, she was granted a RELATIONSHIP with the
dead son and actually saw what he would have looked
like! This was God's favor upon her!
what happened to THE BEAST? Some time in the mid-seventies
back in New York Kellie was reading a bodybuilding
magazine and saw a column that said something like,
McArdle fell out of a (third?) floor window - nearly
every bone in his body was broken."
(Later she thought - how does one break nearly EVERY
bone by falling? Wouldn't it be the bones that made
contact with the ground, mostly...?)
showed it to her Dad and Dad said,
probably did what he did to you to another lady
and someone took care of him."
Kellie had another theory - it was KARMA.
ago she searched for Bill McArdle on the web. It
was gossip from that time era. Somebody said that
Bill McArdle had passed on a while back - but they
didn't know the details.
Everts knows two things. One, her son is in Heaven.
Two, her husband Stanley, who died in 1966 is in
Hell. He appeared to her (in 1978 and a few times
thereafter) and showed her where he was. But the
third thing she does not know: WHERE IS BILL MCARDLE,
THE BEAST OF BODYBUILDING?