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New clues revealed in publicist's murder

November 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
New developments were revealed Thursday in the investigation of the brutal murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. There are some clues now to how the killing unfolded.Beverly Hills Police are looking for surveillance video and tips from motorists who may have seen a suspect on the run.

During the day Whittier St. is a steady parade of luxury cars in a hurry. Drivers barely pause at the stop sign. At night it is quiet.

Beverly Hills Police are saying little about the fatal shooting of Chase, but the mayor, who has been briefed on the investigation, told Eyewitness News that they a have sketched out a theory: That at 12:38 a.m. Chasen was making a left-hand turn from Sunset Blvd. south onto Whittier St. The gunman allegedly shot through the passenger window. Investigators found glass on the pavement.

They believe that the bullets came from a high angle, perhaps from an SUV or other tall vehicle. It would also explain why no bullet casings were ever found anywhere near the scene.

Down the street, more than a block away is where Chasen's Mercedes-Benz E-350 slammed into a light pole. She had been shot five times in the chest.

Many people are worried and trying to figure it out.

At a trade meeting of publicists Thursday, some were worried.

"Any publicist is out all over town at all hours of the day or night," said Flo Selfman, Selfman and Others Public Relations.

And some publicists may promote a controversial product or cause.

"We represented for many years Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and certainly the PETA people were all over us," said Jan Berman, Berman-Singer Public Relations.

The murder of the veteran high-powered publicist has detectives in high gear. This is the third homicide in Beverly Hills in the last year. There were none in 2009. The two murders this year were quickly solved.

Despite the rarity of violent crime, Beverly Hills Police say that they are not requesting help from Los Angeles Police or the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. They assure citizens they have ample expertise and an army of detectives on the case.

Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to call the Beverly Hills Detectives Hotline at (310) 288-2656.


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