Police: Palms Woman Used Chainsaw To Commit Suicide

PALMS (CBS) — A Westside woman was found dead on Thursday after she apparently killed herself by using a chainsaw, police said.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the gruesome death was discovered early Thursday morning by the victim’s sister.

Valerie Nash, 47, was found about 12:40 a.m. by her sister in the bedroom of her townhome in the 3600 block of Keystone Avenue near Overland Avenue in Palms, said Sgt. Richard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.

Nash was discovered with a chainsaw wound on her neck, Parks said.

“At this point, we’re investigating it as a suicide, as she left a suicide note,” he added.

Initial reports claimed the victim was found with the chainsaw tied to her neck, but Parks said those reports were inaccurate.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said authorities will try to determine whether she had a history of depression and whether she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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  • astrophysicist

    That’s mean….funny, but mean.

  • Lose the long hair once balding begins

    Dear God that’s almost word for word what I was going to post.

    • Chrissakes

      He looks like Mr. Natural (without the beard).

  • astrophysicist

    Actually, that happened in a Phoenix, AZ pawnshop (late 80’s or very early 90’s). It was determined this man purposely took his life by starting up the chainsaw and asking, “Does this chainsaw work??” It did and, of course, he bled out right there. Since then, chainsaws in all AZ pawnshops do not have gas in them and if a customer wants to know that one works, an employee takes it outside and only puts in enough gas to start it.

    • Huuf Arted

      Really? Big rash of Self Inflicted chainsaw suicides? Really ???

      Im calling BS on this one !

    • Killerbug

      Actually, it was an electrically powered saw, probably a circular saw. So you can still commit suicide in a pawn shop with a sew if you really want to.

  • glenp

    where’s his “leather face”???

  • Huuf Arted

    I thought the exact same thing when I saw his pic…

  • Just a Guy

    Only in LA…

  • Black Deuce

    My word! We obviously need a national conversation about chainsaw control! We must stop the killing!

    • meeester
    • randy

      time to ban the saw …… or permit them big brother help us stop us poor stupid bast***s from dying

      • piquerish

        If we ban chain saws, then only criminals will have chain saws!

    • Ghandi

      Pelosi and Reid and Steny Hoyer will be calling for a Chain Saw ban. Chain saws kill too many people.

      • richhenk

        don’t forget about all the tree on tree crime due to unregistered chain saws.

      • Linz

        Minorities and women are affected most. It’s the evil Republicans again.


      How many more must die before we act?

      • les

        Oh, the humanity…..

      • astrophysicist

        good one

      • bobdog

        It’s for the children.

    • Really

      I love you.

    • letmepicyou

      Will somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?!?

    • incredulous

      Maybe just cameras linked to DHS mounted on the saw and of course chainsaw wielding licenses…

  • Sigmonde

    Reporters who look like chain saw murderers would naturally be assigned to cover stories like this one. Although most chain saw murderer look alikes would know not to have long hair when they are going bald…

    • Christina

      lol! Man, part of me wanted to say something and the rest of me just wanted to slink away from this story and pretend I never noticed.

    • Chainsaw

      His bald spot is normally covered by the skin mask, it’s just a bad picture.

  • Ralphie the Chainsaw Man


  • Rupert Pupkin

    Jeez, I’m glad they ruled it a suicide. Looking at John Brooks’ photo, it looks like he could’ve been a freakin suspect. LOL!

  • mike

    Leave the skullett sporting reporter alone!!

  • Rosco

    I hope it was an electric chainsaw. Wouldn’t want to get the survivors in trouble with CARB.

  • Jim

    Hello! Jerry…….
    Hello! Uncle Leo……


    Its someone dead and you all are peasant idiots

    • Hmm

      Did she died?

    • Chainsaw

      Sorry, when you off yourself with a chainsaw, you open yourself up to this type of comment.

      • OutbackJon

        I wonder if anyone saw the chain of events leading up to this. It does raise the bar of creative suicides, though.

  • Casey Serin

    Hi everybody!!!!……waves……

  • jdub

    Dude you are a fool, you have been flagged loser. I told you I am on you like flies on poop. TROLL

    • shuli

      Um, okay fly, enjoy eating poop.

  • Conny Wallser

    Women usually don’t carry out a suicide as this when they have access to pills, car exhaust fumes and other ways that are not as brutal and pronounced. I’d would like to see a full investigation.

    • james g

      I am officially calling bull***t on this story.

      A suicide note does not mean she committed suicide– with a chainsaw. Nobody does that. And women rarely commit suicide in such a gory, violent manner.

      Several years ago, a man was found to have 30 some hammer blows to his head– the cops ruled that a suicide. This chainsaw “suicide” is in the same category– not credible.

      • incredulous

        I am with you… I can imagine the poorly spelled, Ill grammar tome… DEar wrold; dis sucks i am gonna chop ( scratched out and overwritten) “my” head off wit dis change sawz
        Bye krell wrold
        da dead chik

    • cornczech

      you’ve got a point…I would definitely choose pills over a chainsaw to the neck…..

  • PatD

    Damn, you beat me to it…. and a lot of others, too! Very first thought. Very first.

  • fergy

    That’s dedication!
    I can think of many other, less painful, messy ways to off oneself…

  • George Taylor

    Outlaw those damn killer chainsaws, people don’t kill people, chainsaws do…

  • John

    >>>> whether she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    She was definitely under the influence of a chainsaw, that’s for sure.

    And yeah, as soon as I saw the reporters photo I thought “Didn’t they say it was a suicide?”

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