Samuel Haskell IV Charged with Murder of Wife and In-Laws in Southern California

Samuel Haskell IV, 35, faces three counts of murder for the deaths of his wife, Mei Li Haskell, 37, and her parents, Gaoshan Li, 72, and Yanxiang Wang, 64, in Southern California. The charges come after the victims were reported missing, with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders added to the case.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, in a statement on Monday, addressed the impact of these “shocking and gruesome crimes” on the community. Gascón pledged the Major Crimes Division’s commitment to delivering justice and supporting the victims’ families during this challenging period.

Haskell’s arraignment has been postponed to December 8. He is the son of Sam Haskell III, former CEO of the Miss America organization, who stepped down following a 2017 email scandal. Sam Haskell III also founded Magnolia Hill Productions, known for producing Dolly Parton specials.

The district attorney’s office disclosed that the victims, who resided with Haskell and their three young children in Tarzana, were last seen around November 6. The following day, Haskell reportedly hired day laborers to remove heavy bags from the residence. One laborer discovered human body parts in a bag and immediately contacted the police.

Additionally, Haskell was reportedly seen disposing of a large trash bag in a dumpster in Encino. The discovery of the body parts was made shortly after.

If found guilty of the charges, Haskell faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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