Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Did Ryan from "Megan Wants a Millionaire" Murder a Swimsuit Model?

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.[6] [7] 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.


shampoo said...

I feel terrible for Jasmine and her family.

I am sure Ryan used his "celebrity" to manipulate her. Someone on Bourgy said Jasmine's family had helped her get a very nice car and that poster thinks Ryan may have believed the car meant she was rich. :(

I think the 2005 assault alone should have kept him from being cast on the show. If they did any sort of background check whatsoever you'd think something that serious would come up.

Quite a few people said Sapphire (or whoever) would tell ANY lie she needed to tell. They've been proved right.

It makes me wonder about all the other times people have complained about a contestant that "made good TV." How many of those people really, truly were frightening to be around?

I hope the police catch Ryan soon. I am sure having him in custody will help them resolve the case faster whether he is guilty or innocent.

Lucydex said...

Ryan Jenkins is a GUILTY bastard! Otherwise he wouldn't be on the run right now.

And I'm kinda embarrassed to say this, but that stupid Sex Mode song has been stuck in my head all morning. I fear it could become a one hit wonder. =0

Sara Bellum said...

Oh. Wow. How terrible for that girl. Megan must think she dodged a major bullet if it's true. I just have a problem with believing a guy who was so bent on getting a Green Card would marry someone and kill her three days later. Maybe it was a mob related thing, or he bragged to the wrong people and it resulted in her being killed and he's running for his life. Who knows.

For what it's worth, I loved your take on The Fountainhead. Even funnier than Daisy's recaps. I will miss them.

Ricky Sprague said...

Sara, first of all, that is a very smart name. Second, it's possible you're on to something with your theory. I've been checking around on the internet, and it seems that this Ryan fellow was a bit shady in his business dealings. Maybe he got a loan from the wrong person, and they came after him.

He reported his wife missing, and then he disappeared? Did he realize he couldn't get away with it, or did he realize "they" were after him, too? Especially if he really did win I Love Money 3.

Thanks for the positive feedback on the Fountainhead stuff.

Lucydex, I think your theory is at least as valid. As I said before, he seems to have been involved in some potentially shady stuff- who knows what he was capable of?

And, yes, "Sex Mode" is a catchy song.

shampoo- people are now saying that Ryan was going around, bragging to anyone who would listen, that he'd made a big splash on VH1 reality shows. I can definitely see where he would have used that "celebrity status" to get any woman he wanted. Maybe, for whatever reason (green card?) he needed a wife, and fast. And poor Jasmine happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yeah, you're right about his assault charge. It is irresponsible for them to cast someone who's been convicted of such a thing; but they could always use Brittanya to rationalize it. She'd been on Rock of Love already, then got herself accused of assault. She'd been on one show, so why not another?

The whole thing is a mess and I hope they find Ryan soon, and alive. Whether he's guilty of this or not.

shampoo said...

Brittanya hadn't been convicted yet, but Ryan had. I'm not defending the casting of Brittanya, but... I wonder who else has assault charges/convictions.

I need to check around, but I get the impression Ryan fronts about how successful he really is... I think Jasmine was supposed to be his way to access additional money and credit. Maybe she refused to help him in this way. So he took what he could and killed her. His offer to marry Megan without a prenup is what made me think of that.

Had he been married to Jasmine for two days or did he marry her two days after he met her? I thought it was the latter?

I think murderers are very arrogant and sometimes need very little reason to kill. If it's that sort of situation he may have believed he is too clever for the police. I am very suspicious of him because he seems really shady.

A.Jaye said...

Does a Canadian really need a green card to live in LA? Mexicans don't. Right?

Far as I can gather Ryan's not a professional crimminal. If the police are really looking for him why not knock on his mum's front door? He'll go home when he's hungry.

I love Sex Mode.

shampoo said...

A.Jaye, I think he may have some issues that made a lot of people in Canada not want to do business with him. By marrying Jasmine, it looks like he was going for full-on citizenship and a shot at reinventing his reputation here.

Or maybe he didn't care about the green card at all. Since MWAM was shot in the U.S., well, he was working here already, wasn't he?

Ricky Sprague said...

That's a good point, shampoo- doesn't appearing on MWAM count as "work"? What is this guy's story?

VH1 is part of Viacom; that's a big megaconglomerate that includes Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, etc. It's in their interests to offend as few people as possible.

That statement VH1 released was extremely terse. I'd say they're none too pleased with 51 Minds right now. And 51M did seriously mess up with this guy, and have potentially given VH1 two faulty products (MWAM and ILM3) they just can't use. This could become a major problem for them- if you had a contract with someone to provide you with content, and they gave you two products like this, how much longer would you continue to work with them?

It wouldn't surprise me if VH1 ended their relationship with 51M.

Ricky Sprague said...

TMZ had an update last night, in which Ryan Jenkins's "publicist" told them that he was meeting with his attorney and planning to cooperate with police:

I guess that "cooperating" hasn't quite worked out yet.

There's also audio of an interview with Megan, who sounds pretty distraught.

Melissa said...

Well, she sounds as distraught as Megan can.

shampoo said...

I just read that jasmine and ryan were at a poker tournament right before her death. she texted this guy (hassman, I think is his name) she met while ryan was off filming ilm3. she sent a message saying she'd meet him in vegas. then the guy got a message saying "suck it." so it's thought ryan checked her texts and sent that.

shampoo said...

according to the l.a. times jasmine and ryan had been married since march. they lived in a penthouse apartment with a female roommate.

the las vegas police say they were called once because ryan had hit jasmine's arm with his fist.

ryan is listed as the chief executive on the websites of two companies in calgary. one, it noted, had a lot of bankruptcies. I don't know if that means among his customers or what.

A.Jaye said...

I'm not the kind of guy to say "I told you so..."

Ricky Sprague said...

Running away is really dumb, especially if you're guilty. LA juries tend to need a lot of convincing before they'll convict someone- running away to Canada will only help the prosecution's case.

A.Jaye said...

Having access to a TV I'm sure Ryan is leery - to say the very least - of the Cali/US penal system.

Do men recieve fair trials for female murder victims in Cali/US? Would a foriegner recieve such a fair trial for the murder of a citizen? How stringent is the extradition treaty between the US and Canada?

If you ask me Ryan made the right move - for himself. Unless the cops charge him can they extradite him? Without enough evidence can they charge him? Meanwhile at home he can garner public support and parlay that into political/judicial influence.

And if it looks like he's going to have to face American music he can always walk into Ottowa then fly to France.

Ricky Sprague said...

I'm no expert on this, but considering that the US has been able to extradite Canadian citizens for breaking US laws while in Canada (, I'd say he can be returned to the US with little problem. The only issue might be if the US prosecutors were thinking about going after the death penalty.

As for the man getting a fair trial in the murder of a woman, I would say that any possible defense team is probably taking a look at the commenters on TMZ for ways to besmirch the victim's character. "She's a stripper," "she's white trash," "she was cheating on her husband," etc.

But, again, I'm no expert.

A.Jaye said...

So Canadia has a 'special relationship' with the US too?

Ricky Sprague said...

You do not mess with the US government. They will mess you right back.

A.Jaye said...

a la Lil' Kim?

A.Jaye said...

You seen this?

shampoo said...

for a murder trial (like this one) in the u.s. the key is always lawyers. he'll have those. he still has rights.

jasmine has no rights because she's dead. the state will argue on her behalf, but they can't keep the defense or the press from savaging her.

it will be extremely brutal for her family. every detail of her life will be laid bare and she will be called every foul thing. they might even try the "violent love affair" strategy and allege that she enjoyed getting strangled and stuffed into suitcases.

if he prances off to france, they could get him back the same way they got ira einhorn back: promise not to seek the death penalty.

I am not sure this is even a first degree murder case, much less a death penalty case. we'll see, I suppose

A.Jaye said...

You mean even the French are toeing the line? It'll be Cuba next.

Ricky Sprague said...

AJaye, I hadn't heard of the "Kiss and Tail" documentary, but I'll have to seek it out- looks like it's on DVD now.

"I'm surprised she's still breathing."

shampoo- wasn't Ira Einhorn an American citizen when he killed Holly Maddox? Supposing that Ryan Jenkins makes it to France, it might be tricky trying to extradite him to America.

The US hasn't been able to get Roman Polanski back from them.

shampoo said...

roman polanski didn't kill anyone. I think he is scum for what he did, but a lot of powerful people do not share my opinion.

ira einhorn was a u.s. citizen, but his case helped set a precedent between the u.s. and france. so, things might go easier in the future.

also, there was a very wealthy woman specifically protecting ira einhorn. whether ryan will enjoy such protection, I don't know enough about him to say. but I doubt he has guru status, so he may be easier for us to lay hands on if he's charged with jasmine's murder.

even if he is canadian... he was married to a u.s. citizen, so that gives us more of a claim on him than if he wasn't. also, surely canada and france are opposed to murder? they may wish to protect him from the death penalty, but I don't know why they'd want to protect him from facing charges (if that happens).

I am pretty sure there is also a way interviews can be conducted while a person is in a different country. ryan is certainly not the first person to run like this.

A.Jaye said...

I tell you what - if I was him I'd hire a Canadian lawyer and bleat about 'fair trial'.

shampoo said...

I am sure he will do that. every murderer I have ever heard of in my life bleats about fair trial. they also are indignant that they are having to waste their valuable time on these charges.

what good would a canadian lawyer do? he needs someone who has a good knowledge of california's laws.

I don't know why you're so worried about him. california is not going to throw down on him hardcore. like ricky said, it's not that easy to get a conviction there.

if it's proven that this loser did kill this poor girl I want him thrown in prison for as long as possible. or executed. I don't like murderers.

A.Jaye said...

Whoa! Shampoo. Easy.

I don't write love letters to murderers on death row. And I'm not worried about Ryan Jenkins because I'm a British citizen.

A Canadian lawyer would delay extradition. A Californian lawyer would book a segment on Larry King.

Anonymous said...

The minute I heard about this story, I was very eager to see what your response to it would be. I just think this is horrible. Now that this has been released, I'm thinking back to Ryan's behavior on the show, and his "smooth operator" technique all makes sense. Lulling women into a false sense of security and easiness, eventually becoming possessive and controlling, and lashing out when the woman responds. Ew.

shampoo said...

The police have issued a warrant to arrest Ryan for murder. They used the "Ramsey" law (for flight risks) to bypass the Grand Jury and take their evidence directly to a judge.

The bad news is Ryan has at the very least made it into Canada. He has a pilot's license and is expected to try to fly from there to another country, possibly Honduras.

A.Jaye, I don't think you do. But as long as he's lawyered up, he will be fine. It's only people without (good) lawyers that get railroaded. Even if he's convicted, he may get a totally wimpy sentence. Also, if he's convicted, he will have appeals.

Ricky Sprague said...

Given California's budget problems, maybe they can just try him in Canada? Or Honduras?

Maybe Dog the Bounty Hunter can go after him. That's not a bad idea. I'm copyrighting it right now.

oliviakate, thanks for the interest. I too have been thinking back on Ryan's behavior on the show. He was the one supposedly working on a book on the three different types of women, and how to handle them. I guess his advice would have been the same for all women, whether they're betties or princesses.

shampoo said...

Jasmine's fingers and teeth were removed before she was crammed in the suitcase and dumped. A spokesman for the police said so in an AP report.
A BMW was recovered in Blaine, Washington. It had a boat trailer attached. The boat belonging to Ryan was found in port also in Washington state. It's believed he strolled across the border from there. The police are still searching for a white Mercedes. I don't know if one car was Jasmine's or if they are both Ryan's.

shampoo said...

The BMW abandoned in Washington was Ryan's car. The Mercedes was Jasmine's. From what I've read, her car sounds much nicer than his car. I don't know if her car has been located yet or not.

shampoo said...

U.S. Marshals are offering $25,000 reward for Ryan Jenkins. An arrest warrant for Ryan has been issued in Canada via a law that allows a warrant based on a U.S. warrant. There is a tip line in Canada as well as the U.S.

Orange County prosecutors say they are not pursuing the death penalty in this case. There should be no problem with extradition from Canada. So, hopefully, Ryan is still there. His mother, Nada, lives in Vancouver.

Ryan and Jasmine checked into a hotel in San Diego. Security tape shows Ryan leaving the room around midnight carrying a suitcase. He later returned to leave the next morning without checking out. The hotel room has been inspected, he mutilated her somewhere else.

Police had to use a serial number from Jasmine's breast implants to identify her. Her body was "badly mutilated."

The "suck it" message sent to Hasman was sent after Jasmine was dead. Her cell phone and car have yet to be found.

Ryan has a lawyer lined up to represent him for the Las Vegas assault charge for which he has not yet been tried. This lawyer, as well as the one who represented him in the 2005 Canadian assault case, refused to comment on this situation. I wonder if that means they've been hired to help him out with his current lawbreaking. Of course, I realize there are other reasons they might refuse to comment.

Ricky Sprague said...

Wow, shampoo, you are all over this story! Thanks for the updates.

If the "suck it" message was sent after she was dead, then this guy is either more stupid or arrogant than I would have thought. Really, was he that confident he could get away with it?

Did he send the text message before or after calling the police to report her missing? This guy is apparently some piece of work.

shampoo said...

you're welcome. :)

he sent the message before he called the police. by the timing, it could be just after he threw her body into the trash. :(

murderers are so arrogant, especially the type he seems to be. I think he expected it to be so long before jasmine was found that her time of death would be harder to pin down and/or this hasman guy wouldn't be thinking about the timing of messages.

I am glad ryan isn't as smart as he thinks he is. maybe that means he'll leave plenty of other clues to lead the police (or dog the bounty hunter) to him.

shampoo said...

jasmine had told her ex-fiance (henrich) that she was afraid of ryan and that she was "in over her head" and didn't know how to break off her relationship with ryan.

both jasmine's exes have very negative things to say about ryan. they said he'd spend his days drinking and jasmine had tried to hide her cell phone from him.