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Call girl arrested over Google executive's death

High-end prostitute arrested for manslaughter after police say she injected a Google executive with heroin on his Santa Cruz yacht and left him to die.

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A high-priced escort accused of killing a Silicon Valley tech executive with an overdose of heroin on his yacht deliberately failed to help him because she's "ice cold," a Santa Cruz police official said.

Alix Tichelman, 26, is accused of having an “ongoing prostitution relationship” with Forrest Hayes, 51, a former Apple, Google and Sun Microsystems engineer who owned a 15-metre yacht.

It was on the yacht that police say Tichelman injected herself with heroin and then administered a dose to Hayes, who subsequently slipped into unconsciousness and collapsed. As he lay there dying, Tichelman allegedly cleaned up the scene and picked up her needles, drugs, fixed up the bed and stepped over Hayes’ body to finish a glass of wine.

'Ice cold' ... Alix Tichelman, left, 26, of Folsom, California, confers with public defender Diane August, right, during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court.

'Ice cold' ... Alix Tichelman, left, 26, of Folsom, California, confers with public defender Diane August, right, during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court. Photo: AP

Police say she tried to wipe her prints off the glass and closed the yacht blinds so no one could see inside.

Hayes’ body was found the next morning by the ship’s captain.

“She’s cold. Ice cold,” said Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark. “The only person Alix Tichelman cares about is Alix Tichelman.”

Police are re-examining the case of Dean Riopelle, 53, who died of a heroin overdose in September 2013 in Milton, Georgia while Alix Tichelman was present.

Police are re-examining the case of Dean Riopelle, 53, who died of a heroin overdose in September 2013 in Milton, Georgia while Alix Tichelman was present. Photo: AP

Tichelman has been charged with manslaughter, four drug-related felonies and three misdemeanors of prostitution and destroying evidence. She was arrested July 4 when investigators lured her to a Santa Cruz resort under the guise of being a client willing to pay $US1000 ($1065) for her company.

During interviews with police detectives, Tichelman boasted of having a clientele of more than 200 “wealthy and influential individuals,” Clark said. She also had a needle full of heroin and extra supply in her purse, he said.

The circumstances of Hayes’ death have prompted police in Georgia to reexamine the case of 53-year-old Dean Riopelle, who died in the presence of Tichelman in Atlanta in 2012.

Looking unfazed ... Alix Tichelman after appearing to face manslaughter charges Santa Cruz county Superior Court.

Looking unfazed ... Alix Tichelman after appearing to face manslaughter charges Santa Cruz county Superior Court. Photo: Reuters

Riopelle, president of the Masquerade club, died of an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose while Tichelman, whom he was dating, was in the shower, police in Milton, Georgia, said. She told authorities she heard a “loud crash” and stepped out and found Riopelle unconscious.

Milton police Captain Shawn McCarty said they are “reexamining the case to make sure that we did not miss anything” in light of the charges filed against her in the Santa Cruz case.

Tichelman’s arraignment in Santa Cruz County is scheduled for July 16.

The Los Angeles Times