Who Killed Lori Lepper?
Lori Lepper left her home in Italy at the age of 21 to explore the American rock scene in Los Angeles.
On Friday November 29, 2002, Los Angeles Police answered a homicide call at an apartment on La Cienaga Boulevard. On the floor of apartment #10, lay a 32-year-old woman.
Her name was Lori Lepper and she had been brutally beaten and stabbed. There were clear signs of a struggle. Two wallets had been stolen from Lori's purse where it lay on the floor beside her.
"This person stayed around and made sure she was dead."
This Was No Robbery
The killer ransacked Lori's purse. But it was rage, not robbery that drove him to kill Lori, say police.
The killer clearly tried to make it look like a break in or robbery. But it wasn't. Police believe the killer stayed around to make sure that Lori was good and dead.
Detective Gene Parshall would later say, This was not a normal person. He had a lot of anger, really wanted her dead, and was very agressive.
Who could have harbored such a black rage against Lori? There was only a handful of suspects and LAPD ruled out them out pretty quickly. Nearly two years later Lori's case is on the books as an unsolved homicide.
Rock to the Rescue
Lori Lepper with Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver
Lori Lepper was well-known around the LA rock scene as an die-hard fan. It was rock and roll that had lured the native of Bologna, Italy to the US, 11 years before her death. Lori made LA her home. She held down a day job with a payroll company, but she was crazy for rock and roll and spent her evenings at concerts and clubs.
You could say that Lori was the ideal fan for a lot of rockers. She was crazy for the music and the musicians, but she respected their boundaries. That respect earned her their friendship.
In the wake of her death rockers are calling out for justice. Solve the Mystery: Who Killed Lori Lepper? »
Lori on vacation in Stockholm in 1998. Lori wrote in her weblog: It was totally cool and the Swedish guys were yummy.
Lori with Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver
Lori with Steve of Guns N Roses
Lori with Rikki Rockett of Poison
Lori with Taime Down of the band, Faster Pussycat