*Police now believe that Ronni Chasen, the 64-year-old Hollywood publicist who had worked on films such as “Monster’s Ball” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” was murdered by suspect Harold Smith in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong
Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden tells the New York Daily News that authorities believe Chasen traveled home from a Los Angeles premiere, Smith rode up to her car on his bicycle and shot her dead with the same gun that he later used to kill himself.
Sergeant Michael Publicker added that Smith, who committed suicide as police descended on his Hollywood apartment, probably killed Chasen through desperation, saying, “Through the interviews and the information received, we believe he was at a desperate moment in his life, and was reaching out and doing desperate measures”. Publicker also confirmed that police believe Smith used his bicycle in the attack.
After running a segment shortly after the murder on Nov. 16, 2010, “Americas Most Wanted” received a tip-off suggesting that ex-con Smith could have been involved in the murder. As authorities visited his Los Angeles home to question the man, he shot himself in the foyer of the apartment block.