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Friday, September 14, 2012

Murder LA 000007

Trousdale Estates is a particularly expensive part of Beverly Hills. Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have had houses there. But this isn't a story about Friends.
On the morning of July 20th, 2010, Katsutoshi Takazato, age 21, was stabbed several dozen times. He was the son of a movie producer who apparently did well enough but reports are that the two were estranged.

According to police, Takazato was killed by Scott Barker, who was dating Takazato's ex-girlfriend. Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, a gymnast, was still living with Takazato at the time.

Oh look, here's Barker's facebook. He enjoys partying!

Ms. Johnson is a little hard to get an image of. A google search turns up only a couple of photos of this woman, with a filename that matches Johnson's lengthy name...

...but other results high on the list include the guy who played Hanso on Lost and Hitler from that movie that's famous primarily for its parodies.

At any rate, here's her facebook profile picture:

In 2011 Ms. Johnson made a deal with prosecutors and was convicted of aiding and abetting. She's worked with the prosecution for Barker's trial, which just got underway this past week. According to her, Takazato forced her into pornography and prostitution to help pay off gambling debts he racked up.

Pornography and prostitution.

His ex, living with him in one of the more expensive parts of Beverly Hills.

She claims that when she confessed all of this to Barker, weeks into their relationship, he insisted on scaring Takazato with a knife and instead stabbed him dozens of times.

Barker is claiming he was completely uninvolved and she's covering up for someone else.

Bet no one told them life was gonna be this way.