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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Comments (109)
  1. Bob says:

    Scariest thing on this page is the picture of the author of this story.

  2. bigdoglv says:

    No offense John, but your pic kind of looks like a guy who can handle a chainsaw in an argument.

  3. tinylites says:

    Reporting today? My first question: did Valerie just happen to have a chainsaw laying around?

  4. Billy M says:

    Where that “Palin” guy now?

  5. David says:

    Sorry to see such posts. No matter how bizarre the method, someone is dead.

    No compassion.

    Such a shame.

    1. sheeels says:

      My thoughts exactly. What’s wrong with these people?

  6. piquerish says:

    She was upset on account of the dihydrogen oxide she bought from the hood pusher failed to off her, although her pet gerbil did nibble her pretty good.

  7. RugDog says:

    She wanted out. She’s out. Nothing to see here.

  8. Nigel Wallerin says:

    Beats a cherry bomb up the ass.

  9. Lumberjack Todd says:

    The cannon story was still funnier but this one isn’t bad.

  10. .Mel says:

    You can Ban this and That and almost everything else, Smart and Dumb people alike will still find a way to kill & maim themselves or others. We will all Die one way or the other.Duhhhhh!

  11. .Mel says:

    You can Ban this and That and almost everything else, Smart and Dumb people alike will still find a way to kill & maim themselves or others. We will all Die one way or the other.Duhhhhh!

  12. Steve says:

    Sad situation and horrible way to go. r.i.p.

  13. missmemamoses says:

    My lover killed himself with a chainsaw in 2001 on Kaua’i. Herman Wieser jr. He made it look like an accident so that the insurance would pay for his evil wife’s horse farm. He was black-ops and had one more snuff-job to do – himself.

  14. bagocheese says:

    I admire her comitment….none of this ‘cry for help’ stuff.

  15. Rufus says:

    I think John Brooks did it! He has that “look” on his face, I know I always grin after a good mutilation killing.

    1. ze forte says:

      I think you’re onto something there… I’m just surprised the voices in your head are talking to each other. Mine have been feuding for years.

  16. ze forte says:

    John Brooks looks like he might have done it.

  17. The Big Logic says:

    Sounds like a ‘mans’ style woman to me.

  18. I feel sorry for the human race says:

    Wow, based on the comments on here there are a LOT of people out there with no sense of decency, compassion, or soul. Must be so easy to write a snarky comment w/o taking the time to think about what this woman was going through and how her family might feel. Hopefully people are much kinder to you and your loved ones if you find yourself in a situation such as this.

    May God have mercy on her, her family, and the heartless people on here.

  19. rdub says:

    boy this story really cuts to the core…

  20. Jim says:

    Ban chainsaws now ! !

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