Celebrity Skin Care Expert Nabbed in Murder-for-Hire Charge
Dawn DaLuise, 55, was owner of the Dawn DaLuise Skin Refinery and, as she claimed on her website, a former Frederick's of Hollywood model in the 1980s.She attended beauty school in the 1990s and developed a skin care regime using electrical muscle stimulation that attracted such people as Sarah Michelle Geller, Alyson Hannigan, and Michelle Tracktenberg -- quite the Buffy the Vampire Slayer roundup -- as well as Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Alicia Silverstone.
Last year, esthetician Gabriel Suarez started a business a "couple of doors down," according to ABC News, offering facials and male body waxing. It was competition. Things were not exactly warm between them. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Suarez said that she gave him the cold shoulder.
Starting in July 2013, someone started creating "sexually explicit" flyers with a picture of DaLuise's face, according to the Las Angeles County Sherriff's Department. In addition, someone began posting fake Craigslist ads under her name, claiming to look for a man to help her enact a "rape fantasy." The ads included DaLuise's photo and her home address and phone number. There were even aspects to make DaLuise believe that her adult daughters were in danger.
It was ugly.
DaLuise assumed that Suarez was behind the campaign and talked to a friend, Edward Feinstein, who confirmed her suspicions, as the L.A. Times reported.
Remember the old saying about keeping friends close and enemies closer? It's good to distinguish between the two. Feinstein was allegedly the one behind the campaign of harassment, according to the Sheriff's Department.
According to the Sheriff's Department, DaLuise allegedly used texts and telephone calls with multiple people in search of a hit man to kill Suarez. There is a report from TMZ Sports that the suspected hit man is a "very big" former Detroit Lions football player.
Investigators arrested her before anyone could be hurt, according to the Sheriff's Department. DaLuise has been arraigned and in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif., as the $1 million bail has not been paid. She is scheduled to appear in court again next Wednesday. Someone identified by Fox News as a friend of DaLuise said she is "an absolute whimpering mess."
However, there was evidence during the investigation that Feinstein was the one behind the campaign. Sheriffs looked for him on Monday, but he reportedly had moved out the previous Thursday. But they found him at his new home on Wednesday and arrested him for stalking. He obtained a bond for his $150,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on May 14.
According to the Sheriff's Department, the investigation is still ongoing, with an additional male suspect in the cyber stalking. The Department says that anyone with information about the incident should contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau at (661) 287-4096(661) 287-4096.