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Lack of Shell Casings in Chasen Murder Explained

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Questions linger in the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, even after Beverly Hills Police held a news conference to announce that the case had been solved.  The police believe that Harold Smith was behind the murder and he killed himself as Beverly Hills Police detectives approached him in Hollywood to talk.

While the police department complains about speculation and erroneous reports in the media, they have also been tight lipped about details surrounding the case leaving people with little concrete information to discuss.  One of the primary issues that has been hard to understand was the lack of shell casings at the crime scene from the gun.

Now, the Los Angeles Times reports that, according to their law enforcement sources, the gun used in the murder was a .38 revolver, which does not eject shell casings.  Police believe the same gun was used by Smith to commit suicide.

This could close up one of the open questions on the case still lingering in the minds of the public, but many are awaiting additional details on what else the police may know but have yet to announce.  Police said at their news conference that the investigation may be about 60% to 70% complete but declined to say, aside from a preliminary match on the weapon, what information they are relying upon to convince them that Smith was indeed responsible for the murder and that he acted alone.

Read the full report at the Los Angeles Times

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  1. Woody McBreairty

    December 13, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    I think alot of people are reluctant to accept the police explanation becauase it is such a horrible senseless waste of a good human life made worse by the fact that her murder was committed by worthless street filth. (Excuse my language.) That makes it harder to swallow. If only this human disgrace had killed himself a long time ago and saved the rest of society such intolerable grief.

  2. Brian Hamilton

    December 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Nobody I’ve talked to believes the result of this investigation…and
    it’s not because they just ‘want the story to be better’ — it’s because
    the resolution defies logic from every angle.

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Century City Mall Murder Suspect Arrested in Baltimore

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau (OWB) Homicide investigators have announced the arrest of a suspect in a murder that took place at the Century City Mall. 

On January 20, 2020, West Los Angeles Division officers responded to a call of a shooting in progress at the Century City Mall. Upon their arrival, officers found a victim down and unresponsive.

Brandon Hinton

The investigation revealed that a fight involving the suspect had occurred outside of a nearby restaurant.  The fight involving the suspect stemmed from another dispute inside of the same restaurant.  During the fight, the suspect armed himself and shot the victim to death.  Investigators from OWB Homicide identified Brandon Hinton as the suspect.  It was determined that Brandon Hinton had fled the area and a murder warrant was issued.

On March 16, 2020, Federal Bureau of Investigations Fugitive Task Force agents in Baltimore, Maryland located and arrested Hinton.

On Friday, April 10, 2020, LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force agents extradited 26-year-old Brandon Hinton to Los Angeles to face murder charges.  Hinton was booked on a four-million-dollar murder warrant and will be arraigned this week.

Anyone with information, including possible additional victims, are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.  Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Sexual Assault

LAPD Seeks Additional Human Trafficking Victims of Arrested Pimp

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force is seeking additional victims of human trafficking.

On February 3, 2020, Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Christopher Moss, 33-year-old from Dallas, Texas for Human Trafficking.

In February North Hollywood Area Officers responded to a domestic violence radio call. During the officers investigation it was discovered that the victim had been engaging in commercial sex acts at the demand of her trafficker.


Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force assumed the investigation and immediately went into action and was able to provide the victim with advocate services.

This investigation has lead us to working in collaboration with other cities and states who may have an investigative interest in this case.

As the officers continued the human trafficking investigation it was obvious more victims were involved and needed to be located. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any additional victims. Detectives believe there are additional victims who have not filed police reports.

The above photograph is a tattoo that was branded onto one of the victims. Often times a human trafficker will brand their victims as a sign of ownership in the pimp culture.

The crown represents royalty and when the victim has earned it, the human trafficker will brand them. This specific tattoo also had the letter ‘D’ and inside is the $ symbol.

Christopher Moss moniker is “Daddy Cash” and the ‘D’ represents Daddy and the $ symbol represents cash.

It is important to note that any victim that comes forward, will not be in any kind of trouble. We have resources available to victims that come forward.

Anyone with additional information regarding Christopher Moss, or anyone who may have been a victim are asked to call Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force, Detective Cynthia Gonzales at 818-644-8091.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Emails can be sent to 647tips@lapd.online as well.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Assault & Battery

Santa Monica Architect Stabbed in Expo Line Altercation

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By Toi Creel

West Los Angeles (SM Mirror) — Four minors have been taken into custody after a Santa Monica man was stabbed in a violent confrontation on the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on the Metro E (Expo) Line Tuesday night at around 8:30 PM.

Former Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Gwynne Pugh says he was riding the E line back to Santa Monica when two teenage couples, two men and two women, got on the train with a shopping cart filled with alcohol.

Witnesses say the teens were loud, appeared to be intoxicated, and when a […]

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