Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Life in the fast lane surely makes you lose your mind

Santa Cruz police say instead of calling 911 when a Silicone Valley exec overdosed on heroin, a high end hooker stepped over his body, drank a glass of wine and left him to die on his yacht.
Police have arrested 26-year-old Alix Catherine Tichelman after a video revealed she had injected the heroin into the arm of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes. The video shows Hayes passed out but Tichelman just left him to die, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.
She was arrested Friday and being held on $1.5 million bond.
Life in the fast lane
It wasn’t clear why police had waited so long to arrest the Georgia resident. Hayes died Nov. 23 and his body was found the next day on his 50-yacht, the “Escape.”
A news release said, “Tichelman had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with the victim. The San Francisco Chronicle says she met Hayes the night he died and injected him with heroin a security camera showed. The video showed Hayes "suffering medical complications and going unconscious.”
Tichelman met Hayes on the Internet, at a site called “SeekingArrangement.” She boasted of having 200 clients.
Police reports said she graduated from Duluth, Ga., high school and studied journalism at Georgia State University before a model and dancer.
Police said Tichelman was being investigated in a case in an unnamed second state.
Hayes had worked at tech companies including Sun Microsystems, Apple and finally Google. He was born in Dearborn, Mich., was married 17 years and had five children, according to his obituary.
"I was really devastated when I heard about it," Todd Zion, who worked at Google for a short time under Hayes, told The Chronicle on Wednesday. "He was a great boss. I never had a chance to thank him."
Another person, who did not give a name, also had words of admiration for Hayes.
"It is incredible to see the number of people Forrest touched. There are simply no words to describe this. I had the unique opportunity to work for Forrest at Apple and Google. He is one of the best bosses I have had - caring and thoughtful."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,036 people died in 2010 from heroin overdoses. Digital First Media reported the CDC estimates its tally is at least 25 percent short, possibly more, because like suicide families resist reporting such deaths.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman [Unlink] died of a heroin overdose earlier this year.
San Francisco Chronicle

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