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Ronni Chasen was Killed by Harold Martin Smith, Who Likely Acted Alone

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2010 at 2:09AM

The Ronni Chasen murder mystery that has ignited so much speculation is finally solved. No, there was no mysterious secret life, or a hit man, or any sort of organized crime. It makes so much more sense, to anyone who knew Chasen, who worked tirelessly for her clients around the clock, that she wouldn't submit easily to a haphazard robbery attempt--and got shot through her car window by a robber on a bicycle.
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The Ronni Chasen murder mystery that has ignited so much speculation is finally solved. No, there was no mysterious secret life, or a hit man, or any sort of organized crime. It makes so much more sense, to anyone who knew Chasen, who worked tirelessly for her clients around the clock, that she wouldn't submit easily to a haphazard robbery attempt--and got shot through her car window by a robber on a bicycle.

At a 3 PM press conference, Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Harold Martin Smith used the same gun to kill both Chasen and himself. He committed suicide last Thursday. "It was a random act of violence, more a robbery gone bad," Sgt. Michael Publicker of the Beverly Hills Police Department said.

Police believe that Smith acted alone.

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