Australian reporter Eamonn Duff has a great artcle that will be in the Sunday edition of The Sun-Herald Here are some of the key parts I found fascinating.
DRIVING along Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard in a Bentley, Ryan Bowman was revelling in his new-found multimillionaire status.
Several weeks earlier the Australian entrepreneur had sold his mobile phone marketing firm, mConnect, for $8 million.
Having relocated to Los Angeles after his success as Australian distributor of US soft porn franchise Girls Gone Wild, he probably thought life couldn’t get much better. In hindsight, it would never be the same again.
A life cut short … Lauren Ann Freeman.
….The fashion design graduate was thrown 15 metres and died on the roadside – not that Mr Bowman knew that. He fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle, which was discovered several hours later, 2.5 kilometres away with the engine still running.
Police believe alcohol may have been a factor but whether they can confirm that is unclear. The 34-year-old Canberra Grammar School old boy did not turn himself in to police until 4pm the next day…
…The Sun-Herald discovered the Australian lying low at a Venice Beach hideaway, having enlisted celebrity lawyer Blair Berk to defend him.
In turn, Ms Freeman’s parents, Donna and Steve, have hired private detective John Nazarian, a former California cop, to uncover possible skeletons in Mr Bowman’s closet.
Mr Nazarian dubbed Mr Bowman an ”arrogant scumbag”.
”I, personally, have taken more care after hitting a squirrel than what this guy did [with Lauren],” he said. ”There’s no excuses. I don’t care how you cross the t’s or dot the i’s. The appropriate thing would have been to stop and make sure this girl was as comfortable as possible in her last minutes, her last breaths.”
A Sun-Herald investigation has found that Mr Bowman was living a roller-coaster existence long before the crash. In 2007 his Sydney company Zeal Entertainment bought the Australian rights to Girls Gone Wild – a US adult entertainment company that peddles soft-porn movies featuring inebriated girls engaging in sex acts.
…In 2006 he and business partner Rob Hoath launched mobile phone services company mConnect. The company has become a global success, distributing content to carriers including Foxtel, Vodaphone and Orange in more than 30 countries.
After months of negotiations, Mr Hoath and Mr Bowman recently landed their biggest contract to date – with Spanish football giants Real Madrid. The agreement makes mConnect the official developer of the club’s worldwide mobile application services, featuring star players such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, while the deal was being assembled, Mr Bowman was juggling a major mess in South Africa – where mConnect was being prosecuted by a wireless regulatory watchdog over a Girls Gone Wild phone application that between February and May extracted money from mobile customers without consent…
…Despite that episode, mConnect attracted an $8 million takeover bid from surgical technology firm Medic Vision.
Mr Hoath would not speak last week but Medic Vision executive chairman Jitto Arulampalam said the controversy in South Africa and Mr Bowman’s problems in Los Angeles were unlikely to jeopardise the deal.
”There will be a resolution at our AGM for shareholders to approve that transaction and to date I have received nothing but positive feedback,” Mr Arulampalam said.
In Los Angeles a sheriff’s office spokesman said a heavier charge could be laid in January when blood test results had returned and Mr Bowman was due back in court…
…A Girls Gone Wild spokesman said all ties had been cut with Mr Bowman ”nearly a year ago”.
November 21, 2010
To read the rest of Mr. Eamonn Duff’s amazing journalistic investigative piece visit the online version of Sun-Herald link below:
We will be keeping up with both Nazarian and Eamonn Duff’s coverage of this horrible “accident”. However, my first thought on this is why would anyone abandon an expensive Bentley in Hollywood with the motor still running? Perhaps Bowman thought it would be stolen giving him the perfect alibi?
We have Heath in Australia and will be asking her to keep close tabs for us on this horrendous crime as well as other ones coming out of Australia in the coming weeks.
Then there is the Honeymoon Killer, Gabe Watson and a question of why doesn’t double jeopardy apply to Watson and the continuing downward spiral of the U. S. Criminal Justice system.
An Article about Gabe Watson and what is going on in Alabama with that fiasco as well as my Sunday Political Op-Ed will be up tomorrow, Watson’s predicament might be up tonight with my thoughts on the WTH is going on with the U. S. Justice system, and the have and have nots and the manner each is treated.
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November 20, 2010
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