Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This Sounds Like A Movie


Early this morning, in Beverly Hills of all places, famed publicist Ronni Chasen was shot five times as she drove her Mercedes through town. After being shot, Ronni slammed her car into a telephone pole. When police arrived she was still alive, but died en route to the hospital. Prolific in the late 80's and early 90's, Chasen became the publicity director for MGM in 1993. She later left MGM and started her own firm where she worked until her death.

So, I wonder if this was a case of mistaken identity or something else. When is the last time you heard about anyone being shot five times while they were driving? Then, to top it off it happened in Beverly Hills which is not exactly known for its gun play filled streets.

34 comments:

Patty said...

I hope they solve this.

RIP

looserdude said...

Wow. I doubt it was mistaken identity. Someone wanted her dead. I'd check with Mr. Chasen first, if there is one.

MontanaMarriott said...

Ms. Chasen must have pissed the wrong person off. Although a professional hit is usually done much more cleaner than that, in less public place and she wouldn't been left alive so not sure what to think.

In any event my heart goes out to her family and may this get resolved.

KellyLynn said...

It still reeks of revenge killing of some sort. I do hope they find out who did this.

Poor woman. What a way to die.

The Nightmare Child said...

I'm with KellyLynn. This sounds like revenge or something mob related.



RIP.

sunnyside1213 said...

Bizarre.

blue sky said...

Don't let the Quaids know about this!

Scary!

MISCH said...

OMG....To weird, that's something gangs or drug dealer do....scary.

valerie said...

There's alot more to this story. I can't wait for it all to come out.

mindyj9 said...

That is horrific. I'll be interested to hear the details as they become available.

RIP

hello kitty said...

Not that strange. A friend of mine was car jacked, run over, and left for dead near the Beverly Center which is not that far from Beverly Hills.

witwritergirl said...

What a horrible think to have happen. I'm on the "something's not right" train. Sure random crime happens but if this wasn't an attempted robbery/carjacking of some kind, something fishy and smells of a hit.
RIP

hunter said...

Holy Shit. We have worked with her company and know her. She was old school publicist style (aka tough broad) but really wonderful, one of those Hollywood institutions. Universally respected by all. What the hell could've happened - no question this is murder.

Green Wave Gal said...

I was at that corner at 7pm last night. :(

chigirl said...

Does anyone think this could have something to do with the "You'll never spa again in this town" gay tell all about John Travola?

Bubbles said...

@Hello Kitty, the Beverly Center isn't that far from Beverly Hills, but in regards to congestion, traffic and types of people they're worlds apart.

And this was a quiet, residential area of Beverly Hills. You don't shoot someone five times in the chest for their car and don't take it.

KiKi said...

Not that I'm knowledgeable about hit men, but this sounds too sloppy for a professional hit. (Blue Sky, your Quaid comment made me laugh so hard I snorted ice tea through my nose!)

Bubbles said...

@Chigirl, I worked with Ronni and her agency because I too used to do awards campaigning or marketing as some prefer to call it.

Her agency specialized in the music for the films, those who wrote the scores, etc, so I can't imagine how this would connect to john travolta and the guy who wrote that book.

BigMama said...

this is horrible! I hope they catch whomever did this.

Pookie said...

she must've had some serious dirt on someone. *side-eye to xenu's minions*

rip, ms. chasen.

RocketQueen said...

Was reading up on her and looks like she did a bunch of work with women's and girl's groups. RIP.

hello kitty said...
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rebellious, contrary and nice said...

Yeah, she had dirt on someone.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

It's such a horrifying story. May she rest in peace.

Anyone know if she is related to the Chasen family of the former famed restaurant? Seems likely.

i said...

What Robert Blake dining out somewhere, near by?

Jamie's Girl said...

OJ did not do this one people! He's in jail!

Honestly, it sounds so sloppy, but the message is not to her, it must be to someone else. Remember, you don't get what you want, if you kill that person. You need to kill a person that someone loves!

Peregrine White said...

Better start your car by remote, Enty...

redsiren said...

I wonder what bigwig this lady pissed off.

MadLyb said...

When someone shoots at you 5 times, they want you dead. I doubt this was random. I hope they catch the killer. There are enough cameras around that hopefully one of them caught something. This is so tragic. :(

kathrynnova said...

sad sad sad sad.

rest in peace.

Monica said...

In regards to being 'too sloppy to be a professional hit' comments, I think Hollywood movies have us jaded.

If the person is shot 5 times and dies, it's a professional hit. Professionals aren't those slick shooters like we see in the movies, who wear sunglasses and have silencers and know karate moves.

Client dies, money paid, hired hit. End of story.

Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

Monica is correct.

Usually, the gun is emptied, as quickly as possible and consistent with aim. Shock will kill and hitting vital parts increases the chance of killing. I am aware of admittedly rather tough individuals, who survived multiple gunshots. Google "The viper Dublin dead" for example. He had survived three previous shootings with multiple hits each time.

This was a serious hit.

Very unusual in Hollywood?

Melody the First said...

I don't know spit about any of this except the police seized her office and home files and computers. Perhaps they are thinking more "hit" than carjacking?

MCH said...

How awful!

Read a few other articles on this...sounds like she was a very well revered lady. Very sad.