High-End Escort Charged In Google Exec's Lethal Overdose

By Shawn Dwyer 07/09/14

An alleged prostitute who boasted having over 200 clients has been charged with manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of heroin to Forrest Hayes.

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A 26-year-old woman suspected of being a high-end prostitute has been charged in the November 2013 overdose death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes aboard his yacht.

Alix Catherine Tichelman appeared in a Santa Cruz, CA court on Wednesday, where she was charged with manslaughter, administering heroin to a person causing great bodily injury, and possession of heroin. Tichelman was appointed a public defender and did not enter a plea. She is currently being held on $1.5 million bail.

On Nov. 23, 2013, Tichelman was captured on surveillance footage doing nothing as Hayes lost consciousness following an injection of heroin. Instead of coming to his aid or calling 911, Tichelman was seen gathering her items—including heroin and needles—finishing a glass of wine, and finally stepping over his body on her way off his yacht. Moments later, she was seen returning to lower one of the yacht's blinds before departing for good.

Tichelman met Hayes through an online service that connected wealthy men and women with high-end escorts. She was arrested on July 4 when an undercover detective posed as a potential client and offered her $1,000 for her services. Police arrested her on suspicion of second-degree murder, destruction of evidence, and transporting and providing narcotics.

Police are also investigating Tichelman for a similar incident in another state, but did not elaborate any further on the case. "There's a pattern of behavior here where she doesn't seek help when someone is in trouble," said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

A now-defunct memorial website was set up by former colleagues and coworkers of Hayes, who remembered the executive as being "totally selfless in that he genuinely cared about everyone and put himself in other’s shoes.” 

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