The yacht on which 51-year-old Google executive Forrest Hayes was allegedly murdered last November is now for sale in an Alameda marina, and those who don't believe in ghosts can purchase it for a mere $345,000, as KRON4 reports.
In related news, Hayes's accused killer, Alix Tichelman, appeared in a Santa Cruz court this week to be arraigned on felony manslaughter and other charges. She's also been connected to another possible murder under similar, heroin-overdose circumstances, in Atlanta last September.
The yacht, named Escape, was moved from Santa Cruz to Alameda and a yacht broker is now trying to offload it on behalf of Hayes's wife and five kids. The circumstances surrounding the murder will be disclosed to any buyer. (See video tour below.)
Among the bells and whistles the yacht has to offer is a video surveillance system that Tichelman obviously did not know about, which Hayes had installed so that he could monitor a recent renovation of the boat from his cell phone. According to Santa Cruz police, the cameras caught Tichelman injecting Hayes with the fatal dose of heroin, seeing him clutch his heart and fall into unconsciousness, after which she stepped over his body to have a last sip of wine before cleaning up the scene and leaving.
Tichelman, 26, had apparently relocated from Atlanta last fall not long after the September 2013 death of her 53-year-old boyfriend Dean Riopelle, a well known Atlanta club owner and singer in a band called the Impotent Sea Snakes. The two had been dating for two and a half years, and lived together at the time.
As the Associated Press reports, Tichelman had been charged in a domestic violence incident just weeks before Riopelle's death, and the night of his death she called 911 claiming he had taken drugs and was unresponsive. His death was ruled accidental, from a combination of alcohol, oxycodone, and heroin, and Tichelman was never charged, however that case has now been reopened.
Tichelman appears to have been living in a two-story home in Folsom, California belonging to her father, and her Facebook page features a bunch of scantily clad and suggestive modeling shots of her. Her occupation is listed as both a self-employed model/makeup artist/writer, and "Baddest Bitch" at "Hustler" in Atlanta. She was allegedly working as a high-end call-girl when she made the acquaintance of Forrest Hayes. Investigators learned that she may have been trying to return to Georgia, or flee the country, late last month, prior to her arrest.