'The Playboy Murders': How Jasmine Fiore's breast implants led cops to killer Ryan Jenkins

'The Playboy Murders': How Jasmine Fiore's breast implants led cops to killer Ryan Jenkins
Playboy party hostess Jasmine Fiore was murdered by her husband Ryan Jenkins in August 2009 (CBS/YouTube screenshot, Wikimedia commons)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  Promos of 'The Playboy Murders' - a six-part true-crime series that promises to bring to light several unspoken horrors linked to the nearly 70-year-old brand - are creating ripples before its premiere on January 23. Each of the episodes will discuss a murder that is linked to the Playboy world, bringing out some of the unspoken horrors that have been hitherto overshadowed by the glamour associated with the brand. 


As per Rotten Tomatoes, the first episode 'Bunny Meets Bachelor' will discuss the murder of Jasmine Fiore, a Playboy party hostess and model who was found dead and dismembered in a dumpster. Fiore was reportedly killed in August 2009, and her body was mutilated to a point where investigative authorities were initially unable to identify her. 


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'All of her fingers had been cut off, and all of her teeth had been forcibly removed'

Jasmine Fiore, a swimsuit model from Santa Cruz, California, had just begun building her career and was planning to launch a gym and personal training center. However, a meeting with a reality TV star at a Las Vegas casino would soon turn her life upside down and eventually lead to her death. The reality TV star, Ryan Jenkins, was charged with murdering and dismembering her body barely five months after their marriage. 


Soon after their marriage, troubles had already begun between the couple as Jenkins reportedly resorted to violence every now and then. In June 2009, Jenkins was charged with "battery constituting domestic violence" for hitting Fiore on the arm, reportedly after an argument about her kissing her ex, Travis Heinrich. A month later on August 15, 2009, Jenkins filed a missing-persons report on Fiore at 8.55 pm at the West Hollywood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as per a report by The Orange County Register. Fiore was last seen with Jenkins at the L’Auberge Del Mar hotel in San Diego on August 13, 2009.

Notably, Jenkins' missing person complaint came almost two hours after Buena Park police responded to a call about a body in a dumpster at an apartment complex. They recovered the body of a woman, about 30 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles. As per the prosecutor's statement, "The victim had been badly beaten, all of her fingers had been cut off, and all of her teeth had been forcibly removed." Despite all circumstantial evidence stating that the body belonged to the missing swimsuit model, Fiore, it was almost impossible for investigators to definitively conclude the same due to the mutilation.


Identification, investigation, and the hunt for Ryan

As per the investigators interviewed for 'The Playboy Murders' episode, they sent the body for an autopsy in an attempt to identify the female. As her fingers were cut off, identification through prints was impossible and her face was so heavily beaten that there was no way to make a positive identification. Nevertheless, they got a sketch artist to make a sketch and gave that to the media in the hope that someone would be able to identify the body. While the killer had done everything he thought would stop investigators from identifying the body, he had missed one little detail-- Fiore had breast implants. And like any other prosthetics they come with a serial number. 

Through an autopsy, the breast implants were removed, the serial number searched, and on August 18, 2009, the body was identified as 28-year-old Jasmine Fiore. On August 19, 2009, reports emerged that police had named Fiore's husband, Jenkins as a "person of interest". Quoting police authorities, ABC News reported that Jenkins, who was 32 at that time, may be headed to his native Canada. Police put out an alert for his black BMW X5 with Canadian plates or Fiore's missing car -- a white 2007 Mercedes. On August 20, Jenkins was charged with Fiore's murder, and an arrest warrant was issued. Between August 21 and August 23, 2009, Jenkins is believed to have committed suicide by hanging at a motel in Hope, British Columbia, Canada. 

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