He was on the run for a week, after being charged with the murder of his former wife Jasmine Fiore. She was found stuffed into a suitcase, her teeth and finger tips removed. (Her body was identified via the serial numbers on her breast implants.) The suitcase was in a dumpster.
According to reports, the couple checked into a motel on Aug. 13. But he left alone. Fiore was never seen alive again.
Who knows what happened?
The evidence is damning.
Was he previously abusive to her? There doesn't appear to be any signs of that -- although he had been convicted of assault before. And she did have their brief marriage annulled.
But maybe, like happens all too often, he was trying to hang on to her. If he couldn't have her, nobody could. And then, realizing what he had done, he offs himself.
But there's another aspect to this: The objectification of Fiore, who was seen by her -ex and the media as nothing more than a bum, breasts and lip implants. This was a woman, in a world where women are still judged by their looks and in an industry that commodifies female sexuality.
Think I am kidding? Look how CBS is reporting this. (Click here for the video.)
Back in my early teens, there was a huge hoopla up here over the death of another beautiful, blond model who wasn't exactly a fashion icon either, because her brand of modelling involved very little clothing, and wasn't designed to sell anything but magazines. She was a Playboy centrefold girl named Dorothy Stratten. She, too, was killed by her estranged husband, who was a sleazeball to end them all. He was so sleazy that Hugh Hefner himself characterized him as "a hustler and a pimp". Stratten got tired of her ex's abuse, separated from him, and moved in with movie director Peter Bogdanovich, and that's when her troubles spiralled out of control. Her ex, livid that he couldn't have her anymore, decided that no one else would, either. After he shot her, he turned the gun on himself, probably to evade capture and punishment. It was the ultimate objectification of a sweet girl who'd already become a sex object in record time.
And yes, Dorothy's ex, too, had a prior history of violence and abuse.