A shocking incident unfolded in Tarzana as Samuel Bond Haskell IV, son of Hollywood executive Sam Haskell, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the discovery of dismembered body parts, believed to be his wife’s. The investigation also raises concerns about the whereabouts of his missing in-laws.
The unsettling chain of events began with workers reporting human remains at Haskell’s property. A female torso, suspected to be Mei Haskell, was found in a duffel bag discarded in an Encino strip mall dumpster. Samuel Haskell was apprehended at a Topanga mall and LAPD Capt. Scot Williams suggested that Mei Haskell and her parents may be victims as well.
Efforts to reach Mei Haskell’s parents, Yanxiang Wang and Gaoshen Li, have proven fruitless, heightening concerns about their well-being. The couple, along with Samuel and Mei Haskell, resided in Tarzana with their three children.
The investigation took a grim turn on Tuesday evening when a witness reported seeing possible body parts in bags outside Haskell’s home. Although the bags were gone by the time police arrived, the next morning, an unhoused individual discovered a dismembered torso in a bag near Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue. The remains were linked back to Haskell’s residence through security camera footage.
Inside the Tarzana home, detectives uncovered evidence consistent with a violent crime, including blood, suggesting a gruesome killing and dismemberment. Samuel Bond Haskell IV is now in custody, facing murder charges with a bail set at $2 million.
Notably, Haskell has a previous legal history, having been arrested in 2008 on assault with a deadly weapon charge. He pleaded no contest to battery and was placed on probation in 2010.
The elder Haskell, a former executive at the William Morris Agency, is renowned for representing A-list stars and currently heads Magnolia Hill Productions. The distressing case involving his son has sent shockwaves through Hollywood circles.