LOS ANGELES — A manhunt was under way Wednesday for a Pennsylvania couple accused of killing a man, cutting up his body and stashing the pieces in a backpack and under a bed in their Skid Row hotel room. Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and Melissa Hope Garcia, 25, are considered armed and dangerous, police said.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A Hollywood publicist was shot to death by an ex-con on a bicycle in a robbery gone awry as she drove home from a movie premiere last month, police said Wednesday after reviewing ballistics tests. The break in the case came as tests linked the gun Harold Martin Smith used to commit suicide with bullets that killed Ronni Chasen.
NEW YORK — A Dali watercolor of a reclining nude that hung in Hugh Hefner’s bedroom was among 125 artworks Playboy magazine offered at Christie’s on Wednesday. It sold for $266,500. Another top draw was an iconic, sexually charged oil of a scarlet-lipstick mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann: “Mouth No. 8” sold for $1,874,500.