Believe it or not, but the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a story based on actual events. Indeed, Raoul Duke is really writer Hunter S. Thompson, and Dr. Gonzo is actually the real-life attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta. However, what’s less known is the story of Acosta himself.
Acosta lived a very interesting life – and to this day people are interested in him as a historical figure. He’s the main subject in a 2017 documentary called The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo. Furthermore, his life was depicted in the 1980 flick Where the Buffalo Roam. Indeed, his time on Earth is definitely a film-worthy subject, but his presumed death is another matter.
Acosta disappeared in 1974 while he was traveling in the Mexican city of Mazatlán. There have been many theories about what happened to him, but Hunter S. Thompson, whose relationship with Acosta almost defied description, always thought that foul play was involved.