Timeline of the Grim Encino/Tarzana Murder


The effect upon a homeless man, because of his discovery of a dismembered body in a dumpster, has been minimized by the media, even as the story continues to unfold three days later.

Tuesday 11/7/23- Time stamp of activities are from a home security video across the street

  • 3:53pm Sam Haskell IV contracts  workmen for $500 to cart away two large trash bags which he said were full of rocks and then described it as Halloween decor- 
  • the workmen discover body parts inside
  • 4:15pm the workmen return the $500 and bags to Haskell
  • 4:22pm Haskell leaves his house 
  • The workers go to the California Highway Patrol to make a report but are told to go to the LAPD
  • The workers now go to Topanga LAPD and are told "to leave the station, and call 911 from the parking lot"
  • Police go to the Haskell home, but do not find the bags. They have no authority or jurisdiction to enter the home.

Surveillance camera footage, obtained by Fox News, shows a white vehicle driving into the parking lot in Encino. A man is then seen exiting the vehicle, opening the trunk, and then struggling to lift  a large bag from the trunk. Additionally, a passerby noticing the situation took a picture of the SUV's license plate.  Both the surveillance video and photo were received by the police.

Wednesday 11/8/23

  • 6:00am Homeless man discovers a torso in a bag, while looking for recyclables in a dumpster near Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue
  • 11:30am Samuel Haskell Jr. is arrested at the Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills. He remains in jail, being held on $2million bail in Van Nuys .

Additional details:

  • Haskell & his wife have three children, aged 6, 8 and 12, who were
    • in school Wednesday 
    • picked up by Child Services
    • are now being taken care of by family members
  • Haskell & his wife own two cars which are both missing:
    • White VW Tiguan
    • White 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • The body has not been identified 
  • Mrs. Mei Haskell is still missing
  • Mrs. Haskell's parents, Yanxiang Wang & Gaoshen Li  are missing
  • The first court date for Samuel Haskell Jr is Monday November 13, 2023, presumably in Van Nuys.
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