Jasmine Fiore’s mother Lisa Lepore, sitting alongside her daughter’s ex-boyfriend Robert Hasman, told The Today Show on Monday that Ryan Jenkins, the alleged killer of her model daughter, was a con man who craved wealth and fame, a day after the fugitive was found dead.
“This man was a professional con man,” Lepore said. “He targeted women, I believe. He wanted to be something that he wasn’t. He wanted to be and have what Jasmine had. She was for real. She earned what she had. He was a fake.”
Jenkins was found hanging Sunday evening at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia, less than four days after the Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant was charged in the killing of Fiore.
Police said they suspect Jenkins’ death was a suicide, which Lepore said she had mixed feelings about upon learning the news — upset he would no be properly brought to justice, yet relieved the danger associated with the accused murderer had vanished.
The 32-year-old Jenkins was wanted on first-degree murder charges after Fiore’s body was found mutilated and stuffed into a suitcase in a Buena Park, CA. dumpster on August 15.
Fiore’s ex-boyfriend Robert Hasman said he was still in touch with the beauty, having gotten e-mails and text messages from her the two days prior to her killing.
“We exchanged several texts, also e-mails as well,” Hasman said, adding he never knew about Jenkins. “The last text I received from her was about 1:45 in the morning on Friday. She wanted to come to Las Vegas. She wanted to come and see me. Her last message was, ‘I’m coming.’”
Hasman held little back when asked about his reaction to Jenkins’ alleged suicide.
“I was happy that he killed himself,” Hasman said.