Escort In Google Exec's Heroin Death Tied To Georgia Case

SAN FRANCISCO -- Police have charged a call girl with second-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive on his yacht.

Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, is accused of supplying heroin to one of her clients, Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, and then failing to help him after he suffered an overdose and fell unconscious.

Hayes died Nov. 23 on his 50-foot yacht, Escape, in the Santa Cruz harbor, according to Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark.

Santa Cruz police said Tichelman had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with the victim.

Footage from a security camera on the yacht showed Hayes "suffering medical complications and going unconscious," police said.

Instead of calling for help,Tichelman gathered her belongings including the heroin and needles, stepped over Hayes' body to finish a glass of wine and lowered the blinds to conceal the body, police said.

"She showed no regard for the victim. She showed no attempt to even try to render aid or get aid there to assist him," Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark told KXTV-TV in Sacramento.

The boat's captain found Hayes' body the following morning.

Authorities said they lured Tichelman back to Santa Cruz by posing as a client and offering her $1,000 for sex. She had been living with her parents in Folsom, Calif.

She appeared Wednesday in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on charges that also included prostitution, transporting drugs and destroying evidence. She was held on $1.5 million bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on June 15.

Police say they are investigating her possible involvement in another similar death in a different state.

Authorities said Tichelman met Hayes on, which according to the website is, "for sugar daddies and sugar babies seeking mutually beneficial relationships and arrangements."

Hayes lived in Santa Cruz and was a long-time tech executive, working for Sun Microsystems, Apple and Google. He is survived by his wife of 17 years and his five children.

Georgia Case:

The woman arrested in connection with a Google executive's overdose death has ties to a similar case in Georgia.

Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, is charged with manslaughter in the November 2013 death of 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes. Police said Tichelman supplied Hayes with heroin, then did not try to save his life when he overdosed and fell unconscious.

According to police reports, Tichelman's former boyfriend in Georgia also died after suffering a drug overdose last fall.

Tichelman told investigators that on Sept. 17, she was in the bathroom of the couple's Hopewell Road home when she heard a crash and found 53-year-old Dean Riopelle unconscious.

Riopelle, the owner of The Masquerade in Atlanta, was rushed to North Fulton Hospital; he died a week later.

Tichelman told police Riopelle was on a Roxycodone "bender" in the days leading up to his death. Milton Police spokesperson Jeanette Citta said investigators are now reexamining this case.

Tichelman was previously charged with battery and filing a false report against Riopelle. On Sept. 6, 2013, she told police Riopelle "threw her to the ground multiple times" because he did not approve of her behavior at The Masquerade, according to another police report.

A witness told police that Tichelman bit Riopelle's finger and scratched his face, then "told him that she was going to hit herself in the face and call the police so he would be arrested."

Tichelman, who allegedly worked as a call girl, had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with Hayes, who was married and a father of five, police said.

On Facebook, Tichelman was AK Kennedy, model and woman about town who boasted about backstage passes to concerts and posted dozens of photos of herself posed in lingerie, black leather bustiers and towering thigh-high boots.

She advertised her modeling portfolio on the website where she described herself as a 5'9", 115-pound, "sweet & sexy vixen."

She mused on Facebook about her aspirations as a novelist and posted excerpts from her novel-in-progress about a high school girl named Kat. She wrote that she feared prison, but hated "stupid laws and rules."


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