TOPANGA CANYON/WOODLAND HILLS—Samuel Haskell IV, 35, the son of Hollywood producer and agent, Samuel Haskell III, has been arrested and charged after he was found discarding what appears to be a woman’s torso last week at a dumpster in Tarzana.
On November 9, the Los Angeles Police Department revealed they have identified and arrested a suspect for murder, in connection to the unidentified female torso found in the area of Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue.
On November 8, around 6 a.m., an individual looking through dumpster bins found a bag containing a woman’s torso, prompting the police to be called. The identification of the torso is ongoing. The investigation provided detectives with information that led them to a residence in the 4100 block of Coldstream Terrace in the West Valley area.
The residence was forensically processed for evidence and detectives discovered that the location was the family residence where the suspect lived with his wife, Mei Lei Haskell, 37, his in-laws and three children. The children have been located and are been cared for by family members. Haskell’s wife and in-laws have not been located.
Samuel’s father has worked for high profile celebrities like Dolly Parton and Whoopi Goldberg.
Samuel Haskell Jr. was booked for 187 (a) PC-Murder and is currently being held on $2 million dollar bail.
Based on the nature of the incident, Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) has assumed the investigation and is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mei Li Haskell, Gaoshan Li, 71 and Yanxiang Wang, 64.
Detectives are also looking for two missing vehicles (a white VW Tiguan, license 9ANC890, and a white 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, license 7FRM190).
According to the New York Post, Haskell IV was known to have a large cache of weapons in his home.
Haskell IV shot many films that have been posted on his Facebook and TikTok pages that include violence and the fetishization of Asian women. Brandi Glanville, the former star of the reality series, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” appears on a scene in one of those films.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney Office announced the filing of three murder charges against Haskell IV on November 13 in the deaths of his wife, Mei and her parents, Li, and Wang, 64, in Tarzana.
Samuel Bond Haskell was charged in case 23CJFC00013 with three counts of murder. The special circumstance of multiple murders is also alleged.
Haskell’s arraignment was continued to December 8 in Division 30 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
The victims, who lived in the Tarzana residence with Haskell and the couple’s three young children, were last seen on or about November 6.
On November 7, Haskell IV allegedly hired four day-laborers to take away several heavy black plastic trash bags from his home in Tarzana.
One of the laborers opened one of the bags and allegedly observed human body parts. They contacted 911 and reported the incident. On November 7, Haskell IV was allegedly observed and photographed a short distance from his home disposing a large trash bag into a dumpster in the 16000 block of Ventura Boulevard. On November 8, a homeless man was digging thru a dumpster when he discovered a human torso.
Haskell is being held on no bail. If convicted as charged, Haskell will face a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The case is being prosecuted by LADA’s Major Crimes Division. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section, at 213-486-6890. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).