Hollywood Publicist's Autopsy Report Contradicts Official Story
The release of the autopsy report of famed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen revealed some surprising and suspicious facts about her murder.
Chasen was gunned down at the red light intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Whitter Dr. while driving in Beverly Hills in November 2010. The Beverly Hills Police Dept. concluded that Harold Martin Smith, an unemployed ex-convict tried to rob Chasen while he rode by her in a bicycle and then shot her approximately four times.
However, the witness statements in the autopsy report contradicted that conclusion. Instead of a bicycle, it said a vehicle pulled up to Chasen's car and someone fired about four gunshots into her window, according to the Los Angeles Times. Originally, the Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden had told The Hollywood Reporter back in January 2012 that Smith had acted alone. The report revealed a police officer told the L.A. County Coroner that there was a second vehicle, but did not make it clear if it was a bike or car.
Police were tipped off by America's Most Wanted that Smith was the murderer. But when they arrived at his home to serve him a search warrant, he reportedly shot and killed himself with the same gun he used to shoot Chasen.
The autopsy report was released on Thursday after filmmaker Ryan Katzenbach, who is making a documentary about her death, won a legal battle. The report had been withheld from the public for the past three years.
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