Quite the scandal, actually!
Army veteran Dave Lara appeared in season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race and was made over by Jinkx Monsoon during the makeover challenge. During that episode, Lara revealed that he had potentially killed Judy Garland by giving her some sleeping pills to try out.
On All Stars 7, Monsoon once again steamrolled the Snatch Game – this time playing Natasha Lyonne first and Judy Garland second. During her impersonation of Garland, Monsoon brought up Lara’s name and “absolved” him of any wrongdoing.
“You’re not responsible, darling,” the queen said while impersonating Garland. “It’s all right. You’re forgiven.”
“I was seriously touched that she’d do that shout-out,” he noted. “It has gotten the 100 or so people who remember me to talk about me and, to this old man, that's trending, girl! I loved it. It was touching that she would do that, and I really loved the way the judges and everybody were cracking up about that because I know they remember that I killed Judy Garland.”
Lara also further elaborated on the story about his potential involvement in Garland’s death. He explained, “We hung out for two nights. The first night we got drunk together and I was talking to her, this was in 1968, and she said, ‘Look, I’m moving to England, people are keeping drugs away from me.’”
He continued: “She knew I was a hospital corpsman because we were talking about my time in the war. She said, ‘Can you get me some sleeping pills? I know I’m going to be struggling when I get there,’ because she was talking about a comeback. So, I said sure.”
This was a deep-cut of a joke for Monsoon to pull out on All Stars 7, but it worked perfectly given that she worked with Lara during season five’s makeover challenge and now impersonated Garland for the Snatch Game. It’s taken nearly 10 years, but she has finally cleared up that Lara very likely didn’t have anything to do with Garland’s passing.