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    Italy - Ashley Olsen, 35, American, strangled in Florence, 9 Jan 2016

    Italian police on Sunday were investigating the death of an American woman whose naked body was discovered in her home in Florence.

    Ashley Olsen, 35, from Summer Haven, Fla., who moved to Florence from the United States three years ago, was found strangled on Saturday in her one-bedroom apartment in the arty Santo Spirito district of the Tuscan city, authorities said.... Investigators found bruises and scratches on Olsen’s neck, and no evidence of forced entry at the apartment. “Olsen was strangled, and we are trying to establish her movements before her death,” said a police source in Florence, who added that an exact time of death had not yet been fixed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly...

    Postings on her Instagram account suggest she may have had a stalker.
    http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/...110-story.html

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    Daily Mail Article with lots of photos:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ence-flat.html

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    The unidentified boyfriend said he had not heard from Olsen for several days after the couple fought, the Corriere Della Sera reported.
    Police seized Olsen’s computer hoping to piece together her final moments. She was known among Florence’s art community, along with her beagle named Scout, who was frequently featured in Instagram photos.
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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...icle-1.2491456

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    Just heard about this on CNN. So sad, what a beautiful woman. So no forced entry and she was strangled. Fight with her boyfriend. Suggestions that she had a stalker. I bet they will solve this one pretty quickly, sounds personal to me.

    RIP Ashley.

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    I hate it when you hear about these cases where someone's died right after a fight with the significant other. It sounds like a stalker alright, or lover..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappa rob View Post
    I hate it when you hear about these cases where someone's died right after a fight with the significant other. It sounds like a stalker alright, or lover..
    It does seem that way, a person has a fight, or does something outside of their usual routine, and somehow murder is the end result, imo.

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    Wonder what the boyfriend has for an alibi.
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    I'm following this case closely. I have friends in Florence and know it fairly well, though haven't been for some time now. Ashley's Instagram page photos alluding to an alleged stalker seem playful, not serious - IMO. I suspect her boyfriend was taking photos from behind her. Given their recent split and talk of fighting, I'm sure the police are looking very closely at him. She was found nude in her bed with no signs of forced entry. Her poor father.
    MOO.

    ETA: Here's some good video coverage from CNN


    http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/10/europe...an-woman-dead/
    Last edited by Coquette; 01-11-2016 at 02:18 AM.
    Darling, it is only my opinion, after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coquette View Post
    I'm following this case closely. I have friends in Florence and know it fairly well, though haven't been for some time now. Ashley's Instagram page photos alluding to an alleged stalker seem playful, not serious - IMO. I suspect her boyfriend was taking photos from behind her. Given their recent split and talk of fighting, I'm sure the police are looking very closely at him. She was found nude in her bed with no signs of forced entry. Her poor father.
    MOO.

    ETA: Here's some good video coverage from CNN


    http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/10/europe...an-woman-dead/
    I agree with you, that the stalking photos almost seem playful. She also seems to use the words "creep" and "creeper" a lot too, I've noticed, when talking about other things (like posing with friends, etc).

    Please let us know if you hear anything from anyone in the area, if you don't mind. TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    From the link, wondering if Ashley was left in the state she was in, ie.nude, black restraints, for the ultimate purpose of photographing her that way? There does not appear to have been a sex assault, and a boyfriend would probably, imo. cover her up somewhat.
    imo, speculation.


    What is known about the case so far, according to Italian police, makes it a mystery worthy of a novel.

    Olsen was last seen Thursday night at a club with a female friend. She was out until dawn.

    Someone was on her computer until lunchtime on Friday -- the day she is believed to have been killed.

    There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. Black restraints were found near her body.

    There are no suspects so far.

    Olsen and her artist boyfriend had argued, but police have said he has an alibi.

    She moved to Florence two years ago, worked arranging art events and as a part time baby sitter and was often seen in the neighbourhood where she lived walking her beloved beagle, Scout. He was in the apartment when the body was found
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    I had the same impression as @coquette and @pandaj about the use of 'stalker' and 'creeper' as playful and a kind of photo style - They were obviously taken by someone she was with, since she posted them herself.

    Worth noting this page from a book posted on her instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/_xBJxDoi...ashleyannolsen

    Does not look good for the boyfriend, at first glance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Ok, so she was found on Saturday and her boyfriend reportedly told police that they had argued three days prior and that he hadn't seen her since. So that would put their argument on Wednesday. We know she was last seen at a club with a friend on Thursday night. So assuming that the boyfriend is telling the truth and is correct about the day they argued, that would mean she was still alive afterwards. IF he is telling the truth, of course.

    jmo

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    Olsen's boyfriend, a fellow artist, reportedly found her body on Saturday. He was concerned because he had not heard from her, so he asked Olsen's landlord to go with him to Olsen's apartment to check on her.

    Olsen's father, an architect, works for the Florence Art School Bianca Cappello.


    http://www. cnn.com/2016/01/10/europe/italy-american-woman-dead/index.html


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    there was no evidence that Olsen had been sexually assaulted

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/am...police-n493551

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotr View Post
    From the link, wondering if Ashley was left in the state she was in, ie.nude, black restraints, for the ultimate purpose of photographing her that way? There does not appear to have been a sex assault, and a boyfriend would probably, imo. cover her up somewhat.
    imo, speculation.


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    It sounds like she may have taken a man home with her from the club who had a penchant for bondage and rough play (and perhaps she did as well). The dark side of taking a stranger home or perhaps someone she already knew? Interesting that the police say the boyfriend had an alibi. MOO.
    Darling, it is only my opinion, after all.

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    Two weeks ago Olsen shared a photo on Instagram of a page appearing from Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat Pray Love that may have hinted she planned to break up with her boyfriend

    A local woman revealed Olden had told her the couple had been having problems recently in their relationship. 'I talked to her nearly every day,' the woman told The Daily Telegraph. 'I felt like a mother to her.' The woman said she advised Olden to get therapy, as the American woman had been in a previous marriage that ended badly.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz3wxdKSnY9

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