Sunday, February 20, 2011

PAUL TARDIO and CHRISTOPHER MONSON: CBS "48 Hours: Playing With Fire" dives into one of the most infamous "unsolved" murder cases in Hollywood lore. $75,000 Reward by the LA City Council established on Friday. Watch the episode here on my blog!

What's THE REaction: 

By Randy Economy
February 20, 2011
2:25 a.m.

Hollywood, CA

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.

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.
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Sandy Bentley reportedly received nearly $750,000 worth of jewelry from Yagalla, who was her lover in the summer of 1999. The jewelry connects Yagalla to the gruesome 2002 double murder of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson, who were found shot to death, in a burning Mercedes SUV on Sept. 2, 2002, in Studio City, California. However Yagalla is not a suspect. Sandy Bentley, who was dating Michael Tardio, is not a suspect either. The sudden interest in these two characters can also be explained by the fact that they were the subject of the “48 Hours Mystery” show Saturday night.

Sandy, together with her identical twin sister, Mandy, was one of the Playboy’s acclaimed “Bentley Twins.” The sisters lived with Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, – both as his lovers. Back in 2000 they appeared on some of television’s most popular shows, like “Sex and the City,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and on “Two and a Half Men,” where they played party girls. Since 2000, however, the twins have fallen out of the limelight.
The CBS show “48 Hours Mystery: “Playing with Fire” was aired on Saturday night and has inspired fresh interest in the killing of 35-year-old part-time model and doorman at the Garden of Eden (at that time, Hollywood’s hottest nightclub), Michael Tardio and his 31-year-old friend, Chris Monsoon. The pair was found in a Mercedes SUV shot at close range. The culprit had attempted to burn the car.

Detectives could not find any identifiable fingerprints or any useable evidence they could use and no one in the neighborhood had heard shots fire, giving rise to the belief that the murder took place somewhere else and the bodies then driven to another location.

Tardio and Monsoon are believed to have been trying to secretly sell $750,000 worth of jewellery on the night they were killed. These jewels belonged to Tardio’s then-girlfriend and former Playboy bunny Sandy Bentley, whom he met on the Hollywood club scene. The pin-up girl had acquired the valuable items from ex-boyfriend and Ponzi schemer Mark Yagalia before his $40 million ponzi scheme Asbury Capital fund collapsed, who claims to have been “madly in love” with her. She, in turn was “madly in love with his money”.

Yagalia estimates that he spent between $6 or $7 million on Bentley during the 13 months they dated. The money went on a house, furs, cars, Rolex watches and jewellery, including an exact diamond and ruby replica of the necklace and earring set Richard Gere gives to Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman, costing around a quarter of a million dollars.

Before meeting Yagalia, Bentley was a live-in girlfriend of Hugh Hefner at his Playboy mansion, together with her twin Mandy. According to Hef’s other girlfriend Izabela St.James, who went on to write a book about her experiences at the mansion, Sandy did not treat the octogenarian well and cheated on him repeatedly.

But in the late summer of 1999, while still at the Playboy Mansion and long before Sandy Bentley began dating Michael Tardio, she quietly became involved with multimillionaire Mark Yagalla, a self described Wall Street whiz kid.

Yagalla had big dreams. And Sandy Bentley quickly became a part of them when he was introduced to her by another Playboy model.


Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

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Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!