Ronni Chasen mystery unfolding
Maybe the Randy and Evi Quaid are onto something. Are there really Star Whackers? Is it a mob hit. Do the Quaid’s have something to hide? Is Canada safe haven from the Russian mob?
“But almost a week after the tragedy, police are still at a loss for leads or motives behind the 64-year-old’s slaying. Her car was not hijacked. Her purse was not stolen. There is nothing to indicate a road rage altercation, and she certainly wasn’t considered a shady lady within industry circles.
After leaving the after-party for the premiere of “Burlesque” in Hollywood last Monday, Chasen is believed to have been en route to her Westwood home when she was shot five times in the chest at the corner of Sunset and Whittier, a prestigious Beverly Hills neighborhood just blocks from the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. Chasen then crashed her Mercedes Benz E-Class into a lamppost, triggering an array of 911 calls from people who heard the shots and/or the crash.
Now some evidence is starting to suggest that Chasen’s murder was a premeditated, professional drive-by shooting and not a random act of violence as initially speculated, experts said.
Wild theories about murder of Ronni Chasen sweeping through Hollywood
Published: Thursday, Nov 25, 2010, 0:20 IST
Place: NEW YORK | Agency: ANI
People in Hollywood are coming up with some wild and paranoid theories about the murder of publicist Ronni Chasen.
The veteran publicist was shot to death as she drove home from the premiere of the movie Burlesque in the early hours of November 16.
"One theory is that somebody close to Ronni had substantial gambling debts of up to half a million dollars, and she was being chased for the money. She was tough and refused to pay up, and so paid the ultimate price," the New York Post quoted a source as saying.
"Another theory is that it was a Russian mob killing, linked to investors on one of her many movies who were not satisfied with its performance.
"There are many other rumours, from an art deal gone wrong to jealousy over her successful Oscar campaigns," the source said.
A different source even suggested it could have been a gang initiation, citing recent, unreported violent episodes in Beverly Hills.
Page Six reported on Saturday that Chasen confided to a friend last winter that she feared she was being followed.
Police spokesperson Lt Tony Lee earlier said, "People are coming out with all types of theories. But we will not rule out anything until the perpetrator is found."
Chasen's close friends also remained silent.
Publicist Michael Levine said, "Sorry, I don't know anything and don't want to play a guessing game."
Officers have interviewed staff from Chasen's office as well as her songwriter client Diane Warren, who spent the final hours with her at the Burlesque premiere.
Warren wrote You Haven't Seen the Last of Me for Cher.
The LA county coroner's office told NBC in LA yesterday that it would wait to complete results of toxicology tests to announce the official cause of Chasen's death.”