Is this man a real "ladykiller"?
Thanks to shampoo for the head's up on this story, in the comments for my hard-hitting "Garth didn't write Sex Mode" post from yesterday.
Ryan Jenkins, who is clearly one of Megan's favorites on "Megan Wants a Millionaire," is, according to TMZ, a "person of interest" in the murder of a Playboy representative.
Law enforcement tells us they now have a person of interest in the murder of a Playboy representative who was found dead and stuffed in a suitcase in Orange County. The man is Ryan Alexander Jenkins, who was a contestant on a VH1 reality show.
Jasmine Fiore was found in a trash bin in Buena Park last Saturday morning. She was first reported missing by Jenkins on Saturday night. We're told the Buena Park PD has been trying unsuccessfully to contact him and fear he may be on the run. A police official told us they fear the 32-year-old Jenkins, a resident of Calgary, may be fleeing to Canada. As the official put it, "It's suspicious."
I've often wondered when the serial killers were going to get their own reality show, a la "Man Bites Dog." Maybe this is the ice-breaker that's needed.
Apparently, the show's only screening process was to check the contestants' net worth. We know (well, we don't know, but we can guess) that VH1 reality shows don't screen for psychopaths.
After "Megan Wants a Millionaire," can we expect "Megan's Looking for a Ladykiller"? How about "Megan Provides an Alibi"? Or, "How Do We Get Rid of Megan's Corpse"?
What if Ryan is the winner, and he had to "break up" with Ms. Fiore? SPOILER ALERT: According to TMZ, he is one of the show's final contestants:
Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on "Megan Wants a Millionaire," which airs on VH1. We're told he was among the final contestants. The winner has not been announced on the show, which is currently airing.
And, the Sun adds:
According to US reports Jenkins may have met Miss Fiore in a Las Vegas strip club days after leaving the show.
The pair reportedly may also have married.
Could he have won the show, gone to Vegas to celebrate, got drunk and married poor Jasmine?
Terrible conspiracy theory: Remember when Megan was attacked by Sharon Osbourne during the "Charm School" reunion episode? There were rumors that Megan was given her own show so she wouldn't sue VH1. Maybe producers cast this highly suspicious character as a form of punishment for Megan?
Disclaimer: Of course, it's important to emphasize that Mr. Jenkins is a person of interest, not officially a suspect yet, and even if he were a suspect, he's innocent until proven guilty.
But come on- the guy appeared on "Megan Wants a Millionaire" for crying out loud!
The unfortunate Jasmine Fiore.
UPDATE, around 1 PM PST: Megan Wants a Millionaire's wikipedia page is saying that
Contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins is now wanted for the questioning as a "person of interest" in the murder of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old swimsuit model who had recently moved to Los Angeles from Las Vegas. Fiore was found dead in dumpster in Buena Park, CA. As a result VH1 has removed his profile and the show episodes from their official website as well as deleting any threads or comments pertaining to the case on VH1's message boards.  At the moment the show's site and forum on VH1 redirects to an error page that says "Page not found". VH1 is deciding whether or not this show may not air.
Indeed, I just took a picture of the show list on the VH1 website. You will note one particular program is missing:
And the Los Angeles Times article on the subject has the following rather cryptic and unsettling statement:
[Fiore's mother, Lisa] Lapore said Jenkins had been working on another reality show that was being shot at his home. She said she was unaware of any problems between Jenkins and her daughter.
Which means he either came in second place and was given his own show, a la Daisy de la Hoya and New York, or he won and he and Megan were filming a show. That seems a bit improbable, since he was apparently married to the victim. But, this whole story is just twisty and appalling.
UPDATE around 2:20 PST: TMZ says that Ryan Jenkins was convicted of assaulting a girlfriend back in 2005.
VH1's official statement:
Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.
It's 51 Minds' fault- VH1 had nothing to do with this. They barely even knew the show existed! (Wait- what was it called? "Megan Wants a Whatnow"?) Also, they feel for the victim's family.
That covers Megan Wants a Millionaire. But what about...
...I Love Money 3? Apparently, Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on that show, as well. From The Hollywood Gossip:
Interestingly, Jenkins had reportedly been bragging that he won a boatload of money on a reality show after his stint on VH1's Megan Wants a Millionaire.
Ryan Alexander Jenkins appeared on I Love Money Season 3, which has not yet aired, after his stint on Megan Wants a Millionaire. He married Jasmine Fiore in March after meeting her in a Las Vegas strip club ... two days earlier.
Ryan told several people who have spoken out since he went MIA that he was the I Love Money 3 winner, pulling in $250,000. VH1 has not confirmed this.
The Hollywood Gossip story also has some information about some text messages between the "person of interest" and the victim. She might have been planning to travel back to Las Vegas to meet with an ex boyfriend.
What an appalling story.
But think about this- Brittanya from Rock of Love Bus and Charm School had an assault charge, for which she was facing prison time (and referenced often on Charm School). She spat at Ambre on Rock of Love Bus.
Saaphyri from Flavor of Love, Charm School, and I Love Money 2 is in prison right now for identity theft.
VH1- excuse me, 51 Minds- casts volatile people in these shows. They cast people who are at the very least obnoxious and- in at least two circumstances I can think of off the top of my head- criminal. Was this "only a matter of time"? How many bullets were dodged in the filming of these shows?
Bearing in mind that Ryan Jenkins is only a "person of interest," he's not even yet an official suspect. He is on the run, which looks suspicious, but still, we don't know why he's running. Or, for that matter, if he even is running. We don't know what he's doing. But suppose he turns out to be more than just a "person of interest" in this case?
How safe would you feel if you were cast on one of these shows? How clean would you feel even watching them, anymore? Would it change your mind about their value as entertainment?
I don't know.
Ryan Jenkins pic source.
Jasmine Fiore pic source.