Publicist Murder Was a Robbery Gone Bad, Say Police

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12.09.10 16 Comments

The other day when I told you that the gun used by the only suspect in the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen in his suicide didn’t match the murder weapon, I wasn’t talking out of my ass. I was quoting the AP.  Well yesterday afternoon the police held a press conference, and now they say it WAS the same gun, and that the suspect killed Chasen in a “robbery gone bad,” performed on a bicycle.

Speculation that Chasen was targeted by a professional hit was shot down Wednesday by investigators who said much of what has been reported by the media since her killing three weeks was untrue.
Harold Martin Smith, 43, was apparently riding his bicycle when he shot Chasen several times as she was on her way home from a Hollywood movie premiere party, police said.
Smith later committed suicide with the same gun that was used in the Chasen killing, Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden said Wednesday. Smith shot himself in the head last week as police approached him for questioning as “a person of interest” while he was at his Hollywood apartment building.
A preliminary ballistics test showed that Smith’s gun was used in the slaying of Chasen, 64, said Beverly Hills Detective Sgt. Mike Publicker.
“With Mr. Smith’s background [!!!], we believe most likely it was a robbery gone bad,” Publicker said. “We believe it was a random act.”
Publicker said it appeared no connection existed between Chasen and Smith prior to slaying.
“The detectives were able to do numerous interviews and through the information obtained in the interviews, it appears that he did act alone,” Publicker said. “We believe his mode of transportation was by bicycle.”
“We don’t believe it was a professional hit, and this is an open and ongoing investigation,” Snowden said.[CNN]

Ooh, that’s impressive, the way they totally shot down everyone’s speculation with… GRRR, MORE SPECULATION!  Basically, we know that the gun was the same (even though a “law enforcement official” said they were different two days ago), and that this guy liked to go places on a bicycle.  Ergo, “because of his background”, it was clearly a robbery gone bad.  Well sure, I know I always bring my bike along when I rob people.  Man, wouldn’t it be convenient for the Socal police if the only suspect in everything committed suicide?  “I dunno, the dead guy probably did it, just look at his yearbook quote.  Now who wants pizza?”

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