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'Call Girl Killer' Faces Extradition From Canada To Face New Murder Charge

Alix Tichelman is now accused of causing the death of Dean Riopelle in September of 2013, two months before millionaire Google executive Forrest Hayes overdosed on a yacht

By JB Nicholas

The “Call Girl Killer” — who served three years in a California jail for fatally injecting a Google executive with heroin in 2013 — has been charged with killing another man in Georgia.

Alix Tichelman is now accused of causing the death of Dean Riopelle in September of 2013, two months before millionaire Google executive Forrest Hayes overdosed on a yacht in Santa Cruz harbor on Nov. 23, 2013, according to KSBW 8, the local NBC affiliate in Monterey.

After Hayes’ death, media outlets everywhere nicknamed Tichelman the "Call Girl Killer," in part because she met Hayes on SeekingArrangement.com.

Eventually, Tichelman admitted to injecting Hayes with heroin and plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs in his death. She served three years in jail and was released last year, only to be deported to her native Canada. Last week, she allowed KSBW 8 to interview her, and said she was clean, sober and working a "normal job.”

But authorities in the U.S. are set to try to bring her back so that she can face felony murder and drug distribution charges a Fulton County Grand Jury issued in a September indictment. Prosecutors allege that Tichelman gave Riopelle — her boyfriend at the time —  heroin and oxycodone while he was drunk, according to the indictment.

"Tichelman’s case here in Fulton County is still active and open,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard wrote in a press release issued Monday, according to KSBW 8. “The District Attorney’s Office will be working with Canadian authorities to arrest and extradite Tichelman back to the United States to face those charges," Howard said.

Tichelman was born in Canada, but grew up in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2014 that Tichelman, her younger sister and parents lived in north Fulton County for several years, where she went to high school before attending Georgia State University for two semesters.

It was in Georgia that she met and began dating Riopelle, the newspaper reported. She was inside his home when he overdosed on September 17, 2013, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I think my boyfriend overdosed or something, like he won’t respond,” Tichelman told the 911 dispatcher. “His eyes are open, but no, he’s not awake.”

Tichelman told the dispatcher Riopelle had been drinking and taking painkillers, but said she didn’t know what type or if the pills had been prescribed.

“Oh, I don’t know,” Tichelman said. “You’re asking the wrong person.”

Riopelle was transported to the hospital, but died days later when he was taken off life support.

At the time, police ruled his death accidental, and did not charge Tichelman. But during her interrogation by Santa Cruz police about Hayes’ death, Tichelman said she provided Riopelle with heroin — something she never told Georgia police, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police said the new information lead them to re-examine Riopelle’s death and Tichelman’s role, if any, in it. That renewed inquiry lead to the new charges against her.

[Photo: Fulton County Sheriff Department] 

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