Monday 23 April 2018

Writer accused of torture and murder of model girlfriend penned novel detailing similar crime

Warning: Contains graphic content relating to Iana Kasian's murder

Blake Leibel (left) is accused of murdering Iana Kasian (right)
Blake Leibel (left) is accused of murdering Iana Kasian (right)
Ukrainian born model Iana Kasian was brutally murdered Facebook

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

The man accused of the gruesome torture and murder of his girlfriend by scalping her and draining her body of blood in a Los Angeles apartment had already written a fictional version of a similar crime in one of his graphic novels, it has been reported.

Blake Leibel, 36, the son of a wealthy property magnate in Canada, is charged with the murder of his partner, Ukrainian-born model Iana Kasian.

The 30-year-old model’s body was found in May last year. She had been tortured and mutilated, suffering a head trauma, and died from having her blood drained from her body, according to a coroner’s report.

Mr Leibel is charged with murder, mayhem, aggravated mayhem and torture, and could face the death penalty. He denies the charges.

He had reportedly lived in LA on an $18,000–(€15,250)-a-month allowance with dreams of making it in the comic book industry, writing a number of stories based on violence and murder.

He is credited with working on an animated version of the Mel Brooks film Space Balls, creating a failed film comedy called Bald and publishing a graphic novel called Syndrome, which he described as grappling with “the questions surrounding what provokes a person to commit evil acts”, the Washington Post reported.

Mr Leibel is charged with murder, mayhem, aggravated mayhem and torture, and could face the death penalty. He denies the charges.

Ms Kasian’s autopsy was released as part of civil suit filed by her family who are seeking $56m (£42m) over her death, The Toronto Sun reported.

Dr James Ribe, of the LA County Coroner’s office, said Ms Kasian’s “entire scalp was traumatically absent” and her scalp had been stripped to the bone with portions of her face torn away.

She had suffered bruises and a bite mark to her face, and had lived for at least eight hours after receiving the head injury.

Her death was recorded as exsanguination, due to her body having been drained of blood.

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