- YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
- Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T.
- Case No: 000048-0103-2010
- Case Description: Devlin Beauchamp Homicide
During the search of Devlin Beauchamp's home following his
murder, seven articles mentioning a woman called Natalie Posner were
found in the desk drawer of Mr. Beauchamp's study. The following three
articles are presented as representative of the seven, as the same
information is repeated in several of the articles.
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Editor Found Murdered
The body of Los Angeles Magazine Entertainment Editor
Ivan Riesling was found yesterday in his Glendale home. Police
responded to a 911 call Saturday morning from the victim's secretary,
Jaclyn Severance, who reportedly went to Mr. Riesling's home to check
on him after he failed to report for work or call in on Friday. Ms.
Severance apparently discovered signs of forced entry upon her arrival
and notified 911 from a neighbor's home.
Officers arrived on the scene moments later and, upon
entering, discovered Ivan Riesling bludgeoned to death in the den of
the Chevy Chase Drive home. Police sources say initial indications at
the scene point to an attempted burglary gone wrong.
Ivan Riesling was last seen leaving the offices of Los
Angeles Magazine on Thursday evening around 8:30 p.m. His secretary
reportedly told police Mr. Riesling planned to go directly home that
evening to spend time with his live-in girlfriend, Natalie Posner. Ms.
Posner has not been seen since Mr. Riesling's body was discovered. It
is not yet known when Ms. Posner was last at the residence she shared
with the victim, but police believe she may have been a witness to the
murder and is currently in hiding.
Authorities ask anyone with knowledge about the current
whereabouts of Natalie Posner or about the murder of Ivan Riesling to
contact the Glendale Police Department. Detective David Garcia said,
"We encourage Ms. Posner or anyone else with information regarding the
death of Ivan Riesling to come forward. This department will assure the
safety of any witnesses."
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Still No Leads in Editor's Murder
More than a week after the murder of popular Los Angeles
Magazine Entertainment Editor Ivan Riesling, Glendale Police still
have no strong leads to point to his killer. While initial evidence
discovered at the scene seemed to indicate Mr. Riesling was slain
during an attempted burglary, police have been unable to identify any
suspects in the alleged burglary attempt. Mr. Riesling, who was
bludgeoned to death with his own fire poker in his home, had no known
enemies and had not notified police or the magazine's publisher of any
threats made against his life.
Mr. Riesling's live-in girlfriend, Natalie Posner, has not
resurfaced since her disappearance around the time of the murder. Ms.
Posner was last seen leaving Los Angeles Magazine, where she
was employed as a research assistant, in the company of the victim at
approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2002.
Police records show that officers were dispatched to the
Riesling/Posner home with increasing frequency from late 2000 through
early 2002 on domestic violence calls, but no charges were ever filed.
While a few co-workers at Los Angeles Magazine described the
couple as "loving" and "very close," most described the relationship as
"volatile," "stormy," and "less than faithful." Some have expressed
concern that Ms. Posner was abducted by Mr. Riesling's assailant or
assailants and is presently being held against her will or may even
have been killed.
The Glendale Police have declined to say publicly whether Ms.
Posner is considered either a potential victim or a suspect in Mr.
Riesling's murder, stating only that they "believe Ms. Posner may have
witnessed the events leading to Mr. Riesling's death." Authorities have
asked that anyone with information regarding Natalie Posner's current
whereabouts please contact Detective David Garcia of the Glendale
Police Department, Homicide Division.
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Editor's Murder Still Unsolved One
One year ago today Los Angeles Magazine Entertainment
Editor Ivan Riesling was found murdered in his Glendale home, the
apparent victim of an attempted burglary gone wrong. His live-in
girlfriend, Natalie Posner, has been missing since Mr. Riesling's death
was discovered. No arrests have been made and the Glendale Police have
no leads in either Mr. Riesling's murder or Ms. Posner's disappearance.
The couple's former co-workers at Los Angeles Magazine are distressed that Mr. Riesling's murderer has not yet been
apprehended and several have expressed concern for Ms. Posner's safety.
The Glendale Police will not comment on the status of the investigation
other than to say "inquiries are ongoing and the case will not be
closed until the culprit is found and brought to justice."
Unofficially, sources within the police department say some
members of the investigation team may consider Natalie Posner the prime
suspect in the Riesling murder. The couple's volatile relationship was
well known amongst their friends and co-workers. Glendale police
records show officers had been dispatched to the Riesling/Posner home
many times in the years prior to Mr. Riesling's death.
Approximately two weeks after Mr. Riesling's murder, Ms.
Posner's 1992 Honda Accord was found abandoned in Bakersfield, CA, but
no traces of Ms. Posner were found in the area. Police were unable to
determine whether Ms. Posner or someone else drove the car to
Bakersfield, and investigators have declined to speculate publicly.
Speaking to reporters, Detective David Garcia, the lead
investigator on the case, said, "We would like to speak to Ms. Posner
about what events, if any she witnessed the night of Mr. Riesling's
murder. If Ms. Posner has any concerns for her safety if she comes
forward, we will provide protection for her."
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