By Randy Economy
February 20, 2011
Last night, CBS News "48 Hours" did an INCREDIBLE job and report on the unsolved murder case of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson. If you lived in Hollywood, or Los Angeles around 9 years ago, you will PROBABLY remember what happened.
This episode "Playing With Fire" takes an inside look at this unsolved case that featured a former Playboy Playmate. A Multi-Millionaire Ponzi Schemer. An aspiring male model, and his unsuspecting friend. Sex. Drugs. An infamous Hollywood night club called the "Garden of Eden." Missing jewels valued int he millions of dollars. More sex.
Yikes. This bad boy of mysteries had it all.
BTW. I have placed the entire episode of "48 Hours: Playing With Fire" here on my blog for everyone to watch. Pass this around to all your friends. Post this on your FB, MY SPACE, TWITTER, BUZZ sites. I want you to WATCH this 40 minute program, and watch it all the way to the END, so you can see where this case stands today.
In the meantime, law enforcement is literally ONE clue away from solving this case, and now you have a change to help solve this case once and for all.
$75K REWARD OFFERED!
On Friday, Los Angeles City Council member Paul Krekorian (w2g Paul!) introduced a City Council motion calling for a $75,000 reward in helping crack the case.
“For nearly a decade, the Los Angeles Police Department have pursued this case and they haven't given up. But now, they need your help,” Councilmember Krekorian said in a written statement to the media on Friday.
"This is an unusual case with lots of intriguing details, but for the families of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson, who lost their loved ones in 2002, this was an unthinkable tragedy. We hope this reward will give police the information to once and for all put this case to bed and give those involved the peace of mind they’ve been desperately seeking for nine years.”
You can say that again, Councilman.
Here are the facts of the case.
At around 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2002, the charred bodies of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson were discovered in a burning Mercedes SUV on the 11600 block of Woodbridge Street in Studio City. Tardio was a part-time model and doorman at The Garden of Eden – then, Hollywood’s hottest nightclub – and his friend, Monson, 31, has riveted Hollywood while hesitant witnesses have stymied the investigation.
Yagalla also frequented the Garden (I think I might have gone into that place maybe once in my lifetime) and Bentley's boyfriend, Tardio, was the doorman there. In fact, police believe Tardio found the people at the Garden of Eden who ended up killing him over the jewelry deal.
The segment on "48 Hours" also centers on ex-Hollywood Madame Michelle Braun, a friend of Sandy Bentley's who supplied Yagalla with a steady stream of escorts, frequented the "Garden of Eden" and met many of her wealthy clients there. I am tellin' you. This case is incredible. Someone has to do a movie on this one case.
WATCH this episode. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the LAPD at 1-877-LAPD-24-7, 1-877-527-3247.