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. astrophysicist says:

    That’s mean….funny, but mean.

  2. Lose the long hair once balding begins says:

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

    1. Chrissakes says:

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

  3. astrophysicist says:

    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.

    1. Huuf Arted says:

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

      Im calling BS on this one !

    2. Killerbug says:

      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.

  4. glenp says:

    where’s his “leather face”???

  5. Huuf Arted says:

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

  6. Just a Guy says:

    Only in LA…

  7. Black Deuce says:

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

    1. THE REALITY TSAR says:

      How many more must die before we act?

      1. astrophysicist says:

        good one

      2. bobdog says:

        It’s for the children.

      3. les says:

        Oh, the humanity…..

    2. Really says:

      I love you.

    3. letmepicyou says:

      Will somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?!?

    4. Ghandi says:

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

      1. Linz says:

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

      2. richhenk says:

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

    5. randy says:

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

      1. piquerish says:

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

    6. incredulous says:

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

  8. Sigmonde says:

    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…

    1. Chainsaw says:

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

    2. Christina says:

      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.

  9. Ralphie the Chainsaw Man says:


  10. Rupert Pupkin says:

    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!

  11. mike says:

    Leave the skullett sporting reporter alone!!

  12. Rosco says:

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

  13. Jim says:

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

  14. YESYOU says:

    Its someone dead and you all are peasant idiots

    1. Hmm says:

      Did she died?

    2. Chainsaw says:

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

      1. OutbackJon says:

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

  15. Casey Serin says:

    Hi everybody!!!!……waves……

  16. jdub says:

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

    1. shuli says:

      Um, okay fly, enjoy eating poop.

  17. Conny Wallser says:

    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.

    1. cornczech says:

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

    2. james g says:

      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.

      1. incredulous says:

        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

  18. PatD says:

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

  19. fergy says:

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

  20. George Taylor says:

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

  21. John says:

    >>>> 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?”

  22. Douglas Firr says:

    another life cut short

    1. Rufus says:

      Deep but short?

  23. uncle dave says:

    If guns,knives, swords and now chainsaws, kill people, then forks and spoons made OPRAH a fat woman.

    1. Rufus says:

      Don’t be given the dumbocrats ideas, they will be banning forks and spoons ASAP!

  24. homer says:

    well assume it was ” just too darn far of a walk to the wood chipper”

  25. rhkroger says:

    Hello Leatherface.

  26. billybob says:

    When you are suicidal and really mean it, a chainsaw is just the ticket. No cry for help here. However, it would have been considerate of her to either do it outside or in the bathroom. Of course, you know that there will now be cries to outlaw chainsaws.

  27. Mark says:

    She just got done watching the first part of Scarface.

    1. Rufus says:

      I figured it was one of the new sitcoms that drove her to end it all, sometimes after a few minutes of network TV I have suicidal thoughts…

  28. Bill2Jail says:

    Ed: That’s no way for a man to die.
    Frank: No… you’re right, Ed. A parachute not opening… that’s a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine… having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that’s the way I wanna go!
    Wilma Nordberg: [cries] Oh… Frank. This is terrible!

  29. Kayhla K. says:

    Nope, you have it so wrong… he looks like Ron Jeremy… which is even more disturbing. I’d rather be killed by a chainsaw than boinked by RJ, or JB for that matter.

    1. Reason says:

      Hopefully you can make that happen.

  30. MorganGray says:

    Try this one on for size, suicide by decapitation. Google James A Moon.

  31. carla says:

    Perhaps an Eco Fueled ‘Friendly’ chainsaw might have saved her life.

  32. joe Domen says:

    The guy in the picture should have cut his headoff with the chainsaw and replaced it with his A@SS.

  33. New York Nick says:

    There’s no reason to get all hacked off about honey!!

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for any human being who would destroy their own God and parent given temple with a freaking chain saw or anything else for that matter. Contrarily, I’ve been crippled with MS for 12 years in the prime of my life and with a paralyzed left leg I work every freaking day and take care of business. I freaking hate cowards.

    Now the left has another freaking ‘weapon’ to ban…Chainsaws KILL!! WAHHHHH

  34. stopthe says:

    Yeah… and he WAS first on the scene. Hmm. Good call.

  35. Jason says:

    When is Saw VIII coming out?

  36. Old Logger says:

    This is something I didn’t need to read today, or any other day. I don’t care who they are, that’s just too horrifying a way to go. Bad enough when a chainsaw accident results in dismemberment or death, but to do it deliberately is beyond the pale. Suicide apart, I pray her pain is at an end, may she find eternal peace.

  37. Clarence Jackson says:

    It’s a cut-throat world.

  38. Al says:

    We must ban chainsaws now!!

  39. Playing Roots Backwards says:

    There has also been a rash of assisted suicides by chainsaw. The following video shows two persons who asked their friends to help them move on to whatever comes next. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, the men are saying, “Please, Pedro, cut off my head.” Pedro reluctantly honors their requests.

    1. nismonic says:

      WOW mow that was some sick azz schidt

  40. Alvin Marcott says:

    sad. but awesome way to go.

  41. Jim from Boston says:

    Clearly Bush’s fault!

  42. jaydee says:

    JUst makes it harder to get a concealed chainsaw permit.

  43. Slice Of Life says:

    *Sigh* Next thing you know there will be a new Federal Law to Ban the sale, use, and possession of chainsaws. Due to the recent epidemic of out of control murderous chainsaws Tomorrow’s headlines will read “Unlawful Black Market Sales of Chainsaws are BHO’s Top Priority”-sub-headline “BHO Orders Homeland Security and TSA to Raid Every American Home and Seize All Chainsaws”. Further news at 11 o’clock local time.

  44. jrey762 says:


    Wow, when you’re done YOU’RE DONE! Come on, at least she entertained us on the way out. I’m still anxiously waiting for the “Suicide by Lawnmower” headline.

    1. Rufus says:

      WOW, you’ve given me an idea!

  45. Jethro says:

    See what happens when you ban guns.

    1. Santino Vannozzi says:

      +1 for you sir!

  46. Bob says:

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

  47. bigdoglv says:

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

  48. tinylites says:

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

  49. Billy M says:

    Where that “Palin” guy now?

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. RugDog says:

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

  53. Nigel Wallerin says:

    Beats a cherry bomb up the ass.

  54. Lumberjack Todd says:

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

  55. .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!

  56. .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!

  57. Steve says:

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

  58. 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.

  59. bagocheese says:

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

  60. 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.

  61. ze forte says:

    John Brooks looks like he might have done it.

  62. The Big Logic says:

    Sounds like a ‘mans’ style woman to me.

  63. 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.

  64. rdub says:

    boy this story really cuts to the core…

  65. Jim says:

    Ban chainsaws now ! !

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