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Police Debunk Myths of Crimes Similar to Chasen Murder

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The Beverly Hills Police Department. Officials say there's no violent crime trend in the area that the Chasen crime belongs to. (Photo by Chris_Lott via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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When it comes to the mystery shrouding the shooting death of Ronni Chasen, sometimes what seems like a rumor is in fact a rumor. Yesterday The Daily Beast published a piece based on an exclusively-obtained email and unconfirmed reports that detailed crimes similar to the Chasen pursuit and murder. Today, however, the Beverly Hills Police, as well as crime records, are debunking those myths, according to LA Now.

Through a department spokesman, Beverly Hills police described reports that their city has been hit by a string of carjackings and shootings in the area of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Benedict Canyon Road as "demonstrably false."

That means no woman ever reported being followed by an erratic driver who brandished a gun at her through her window. "Nor [does the BHPD] have any record of other violent crimes carjackings or crimes with guns in the Coldwater-Benedict corridor."In Los Angeles, authorities confirm "they had no record of similar crimes in the area," which is supported by data--or lack thereof--in the Los Angeles Times crime database.