Suspect in Ronni Chasen Murder is Dead Last Wednesday night, in a rundown apartment house, the mystery of Ronni Chasen’s murder deepened when a man police say they believe was connected to the publicist’s killing shot himself around 5:30 p.m., as officers got ready to serve a search warrant.

The news, first reported in The Los Angeles Times, set off a media frenzy with numerous television crews crowding around the yellow police tape that had been put up near the Harvey Apartments on Santa Monica Boulevard.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the man’s exact connection to the slaying was not immediately clear, but the sources said detectives believe he was involved in the killing of Chasen, who was found shot multiple times in her Mercedes coupe on a Beverly Hills street.

In addition, the Los Angeles Times reported that the man had told another resident that he was a former convict, who had served time in a state prison. Brandon Harrison, a neighbor, said he knew the man went by the name of Harold and had lived in the Harvey Apartments for three months. But that he had been evicted after the first month for failing to pay rent. According to the neighbor, Harold returned to the building several times, asking if police were looking for him. “He told me several times, ‘If it ever came back down to me going to prison, I would die first,'” Harrison recalled, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also quoted Harrison as saying that Harold had presented himself as a former convict who had served two sentences in state prison – the most recent for firearms and drug convictions. Harrison also said that Harold had talked about coming into money – that he was about to get $10,000, alternatively claiming it was for a job he had done or from a lawsuit. The paper pointed out that Harrison had said he couldn’t corroborate any of those claims. “I don’t even know, if he ever was in prison, or if anything he told me was true,” Harrison said. “The man was very strange.”

Chasen was shot to death last month while driving her Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. She was on her way home from a movie premiere after-party.

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  • December 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    cops gun down local loser, now they can close the case and go back to eating doughnuts.. hush, hush, on to qt

  • December 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    Unless the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has other information to tie this Harold Smith to this case, it would appear there is no connection at all. Based on all of the reports I’ve read so far it appears that this Harold Smith was a down and out ex-convict (if true, he should have been monitored by a parole officer) who was mentally ill (talking to himself, making bizarre statements) and engaging in the use of illegal drugs such as crystal meth. It appears he had no means to even own a vehicle and all he had for transportation was a bicycle.

    Some reports state he was a resident of the Harvey apartment building for 3 months. Other reports stated he was evicted after a month but was still hanging around the lobby. Why wasn’t he reported by the building management to police? Or was he? Why would management allow him to be in the building if he had been evicted? Why would BHPD get a search warrant to search his apartment there if he had been evicted?

    Did the others in the building (Harvey Apartments) report his statements claiming he killed Ronni to the police and that he claimed to have a gun? If so why would BHPD not go in with guns already drawn?

    It will likely turn out that this Harold Smith had nothing whatsoever to do with the actual murder of Ronni Sue Chasen (Veronica Cohen) and simply was mentally ill and had fantasies of his involvement in his head.

    It would not appear that he had means of transportation other than his bicycle and no reports have indicated that he had any expertise with guns, but just that he had supposedly been previously arrested and convicted for gun and drug crimes.

    I find it odd that the BHPD is being so hesitant to release information on the Ronni Sue Chasen case as the more actual facts that get out there to the public the greater the chances that tips will come in to start tying some of the myriad pieces in this crime together.

  • December 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    The Big business moguls of Hollywood are so exponentially-experts at mind manipulation (the films) that it would be NOTHING for a mogul that wanted to silence Ronni Chasen to Contract:
    ~ Hit her;
    ~ Find some paranoid lowlife who’d be bound to shoot-himself if he though he were about to be busted;
    ~ “Finger him” (the call to the TV show.
    Which “sets-up” a near-tight red-herring/distraction.
    That black guy certainly had nothing to do with Ronni.

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