Although the Beverly Hills Police Department has closed the books on their investigation into the November 16, 2010 murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, the many skeptics out there remain skeptical. And not just about the Chasen end of it.
News of a final, new BHPD finding—that the gun used to kill Chasen was originally stolen from a cop in the San Fernando Valley–was first reported last night by TheWrap. But to those commenting on TheWrap piece, it’s not just Harold Smith‘s culpability in the Chasen shooting that seems preposterous. There’s also the matter of how Smith himself died. Says NURREDIN:
I don’t understand why the gun wasn’t ditched after such a publicized murder when the suspect found out who he had killed… The fact that it was a stolen police revolver,and he killed himself with the same gun in front of the police doesn’t pass the smell test. Even a petty criminal would have ditched the gun after he cleaned it… I’d start with who the gun was assigned to,and who the officer was that confronted him when he committed suicide, and if there is a connection between the two. It sounds like a hit to me.
The very next commenter echoes NURREDIN’s thoughts; the way Smith died in the lobby of the Harvey Apartments on December 1 is highly suspicious. Neither citizen detective however mentions that it was Smith’s alleged own (equally foolhardy?) bragging about the crime that led a tipster to alert the LAPD.