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Tragic Mystery in Tarzana: The Unfolding Case of Samuel Haskell and the Gruesome Discovery

Nick Davies
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The Samuel Haskell Tarzana body parts case, a recent and deeply unsettling criminal event in Los Angeles, has garnered significant media attention due to its gruesome nature and mysterious circumstances. The case involves the disappearance of Yanxiang Wang, 64, and her husband, Li Gaoshan, 72, and the presumed death of their daughter, Mei Haskell, 37. Mei's husband, Samuel Bond Haskell IV, 35, has been arrested on suspicion of murder​​.

The investigation began when Mei's uncle, Yanqing Wang, grew concerned after not hearing from his sister for several days. His discovery that all her friends and photos had been deleted from her WeChat social media profile further fueled his anxiety. The grim news soon surfaced: Yanxiang Wang and Li Gaoshan were missing, and Mei Haskell was presumed dead after her torso was found in a dumpster. Samuel Haskell, who is in jail with a $2 million bail, has yet to enter a plea for the charges against him​​​​.

Yanqing Wang's distress was compounded by the lack of communication from the police and the potential language barriers hindering the investigation. He expressed disbelief at how Samuel Haskell could have concealed such a crime for an extended period, given that the family members had been missing for 20 days​​​​.

Law enforcement sources believe Samuel Haskell killed his wife and in-laws, dismembering their bodies. The authorities found Mei's torso in an Encino trash bin and believe that the bodies of the in-laws were disposed of elsewhere. Two vehicles missing from the Haskell's property were later located in the San Fernando Valley. Inside the Haskell's home, detectives found evidence consistent with death and dismemberment. Haskell had hired day laborers to remove bags, later discovered to contain human remains, from his property. This discovery was made when a man scavenging for recyclables found a duffel bag containing a human torso in a dumpster, believed to be that of Mei Haskell. The LAPD continues to search for Mei and her parents, although authorities presume them to be deceased​​.

This case highlights the complexities and challenges in solving a crime of such a heinous nature, where family dynamics, cultural barriers, and the sheer brutality of the act itself come to the fore.


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