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Road Rage Could Be Trigger in Publicist Murder

12/2/2010 9:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with the criminal probe into the Ronni Chasen murder tell TMZ Ronni had a temper and road rage is a scenario cops are seriously investigating.

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We're told cops are interested in the road rage theory as it relates to the suicide of the man last night who was the object of a search warrant connected to the murder.

TMZ has learned ... the man who shot himself in the head is HAROLD MARTIN SMITH.

Although there are reports Smith is a suspect in the murder of Ronni Chasen, we're told that label is based on LAPD sources, and the Beverly Hills PD is only considering him a person of interest.

Nevertheless, sources tell us the BHPD is actively investigating Smith to determine if he was in the Beverly Hills area the night of the murder.

And, we're told, as far as Smith goes, money was not the motive.  Although Smith talked about getting $10,000, we're told that was in connection with a civil lawsuit.

So far, we're told, there's no physical evidence linking Smith to the killing, but cops are actively investigating.


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46.

timmy zee    

PROHIT VIA BAD COP`ss and governator for CBS FOX coverup of howard robard hughes JR&jean peters son VIA FOX mother jean peters and ronni was inside and knew too much.House cleaning harold smith was just a name double and cops are lieing as is SOP forever in hollywood.MUTI-billion dollar coverup one old insider went moral.

1328 days ago
47.

Curious    

HolY Hannah???

Sorry gang - I have no idea how the multiple post happened - in fact, I got a gateway timed out notice and the brother post even ended up on a different thread from this one.

TMZ's got some 'splainin' to do!

1328 days ago
48.

Slutty Whores Rock    

Whatever, it's a good thing that this ugly old hag is dead, she was a POS long overdue for a smackdown.
Rot in hell you bitter wrinkled pile of bad plastic surgery.

1328 days ago
49.

alice    

Road rage...so now this is the victim's fault. Puhleeze!

1328 days ago
50.

Woody McBrreairty    

This is the most confusing (and questionable) item I have ever read on TMZ. Only an hour or so ago (between 7-8 P.M, L.A.Time, Dec. 2, 2010) a police source said they are pretty sure who ordered the hit on Ronnie and why. Go figure - everyone wants to be first with a scoop - scoop or unscoopable scoop.

1328 days ago
51.

MariJoy    

Not to be flip, but can't you just imagine James Ellroy doing a film treatment of this someday?

1327 days ago
52.

Tina P.    

quote: If the brother stood to gain nothing from the will, why would he have her murdered? I'd look at the ones who stood make a bundle.

Because the bad guys A$$umed the Bro was IN the will..the Bro owed tons of dough (drugs & gambling & cash loans) to them, and they want their cash!!! NOW!! So, send a message to the Bro, while gambling they damn selves, HE'LD be there---- Turns out, Ronni gets the last laugh...as the 10 bux she left Bro's daughter, and HIM OUT. What a story, folks!

1327 days ago
53.

harry levis    

GOVERNATOR pro COP HIT just cleaning house for the MOB don`t worry cover up of scott harrold son of jean peters&howard robard hughes JR..jean was owned by FOX FOX CBS Viacom murder cover up of the hughes`s.Harold smith was a fall guy for cleaning of ronni whom knew too much and governator`ss leaving office had cops on the take take her out.CLEAN HOUSE NEW DAY less scott harrold next?

1327 days ago
54.

MariJoy    

Not to be flip, but can't you just imagine James Ellroy doing a film treatment of this story?

1327 days ago
55.

Woody McBreairty    

This is the most confusing (and questionable) item I've ever seen on TMZ. As of less than an hour ago, (between 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2 L.A Time) a police source said they were pretty sure they knew who hired this hit man to get Ronnie and why. I know "source" is not necessarity enough to be believable, but neither is any other speculation. I guess everybody just wants to be "first" with the news (aka gossip)

1327 days ago
56.

timmy zee    

coverup of scott harrold son of jean peters howard hughes JR born in the cold war age of the spys.Harold smith is just a name double PRO COP HIT five to the chest with a trow down and cars blocking her in.She was down with jean peters and the governator`s SS bad cops are leaving office TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AGAIN see corn field murders texas five and LUMMIS texas instrument CBD FOX`s takeover of the war contracts.Howard Hughes JR was outed BY CBS for the takeover than outsorceing sell off to the international markets of the studios.She knew all the inside workingxs since 1979 and was working with jean peters to cover up the hughes`s including scott harrold her own son by howard robard hughes JR hidden in the cold war age of the spys.DO`nt forget those 10,000 nazis hidden in the USA after WWII holwyood ued them also to do thier dirty deeds like wireless murders via george beatle radiational STUDYS to death via reaganator`SS reagan kichen cabinet`SS.Even the hollywood jewish powerclub hide those nazis.This is the end of that coverup via governator`ss cops same old hollywood same old.

1327 days ago
57.

my opinion    

I said from the beginning that they had the wrong man he was mentally unstable bragging about killing her and receiving $10,000 for the hit. It never made sense from the beginning the real killer is still out on the streets.

RIP Ronnie

1327 days ago
58.

Sad sad    

Do you think it involved a law enforcement persons who would know that area? Cameras and all? Pretty strange if you ask me on sunset. Who would know that really? This is straight out of a movie. Even if it was a hit person they would have to seriously have detail of surrounding areas cameras passer by drivers. I dunno. Wasn't it said there was an accident right by there prior to this? Scary!

1327 days ago
59.

my opinion    

I do not think it involves law enforcement...I do think it was business something to do with the industry or something she was involved in...just a guess.

RIP Ronnie

1327 days ago
60.

my opinion    

I do not think it involves law enforcement...I do think it was business something to do with the industry or something she was involved in...just a guess.

RIP Ronnie

1327 days ago
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