Ronni Chasen slaying: Some people still can't accept official explanation
The Beverly Hills Police Department's scenario for how Ronni Chasen was killed -- by a Hollywood man acting alone during a botched robbery -- isn't convincing some of her friends.
Police have dismissed such doubts and railed against erroneous media reports for fueling conspiracy theories. Investigators say ballistic evidence clearly connects Harold Martin Smith to the gun that killed Chasen.
"I can tell you the scenario our detectives presented is very plausible and very real. I think the media doesn't want this so-called murder mystery to end this way," department spokesman Lt. Tony Lee said Friday.
Still, from Chasen's inner circle to neighborhood bar stools to talk-radio phone lines, many people said they could not accept that a stunning Sunset Boulevard homicide that had sparked talk of mob hits and military-trained assassins was the work of a small-time criminal on a bicycle who killed himself before police could question him.
"The case took so many twists and turns," said Ken Chiampou, co-host of "The John & Ken Show" on KFI-AM 640. "[Listeners] can't believe it's that simple and that over. It's like a novel. We are all waiting for one more twist."
-- Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Beverly Hills Police Chief Dave Snowden is flanked by Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, right, and lead investigator Det. Mike Publicker at a news conference Wednesday at which it was announced that ballistics evidence showed that the weapon that killed Ronni Chasen matched that of the gun that Harold Martin Smith used to kill himself. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2010)