Judge Awards $41.6 Million to Family of Iana Kasian, Murdered in WeHo by Her Wealthy Boyfriend

Blake Leibel, left, and Iana Kasian (Facebook)

A judge has awarded $41.6 million to the family of a young woman who was murdered in her Holloway Drive apartment in 2016 by her boyfriend, the son of a wealthy Toronto real estate developer. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Bobbi Tillman ordered that Blake Leibel make the payment to the family of Iana Kasian, who was the mother of their newly born daughter. Leibel was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole,  in June 2018.

“This case reads like a movie script,” Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors during the murder trial, comparing it to a horror movie involving a “gruesome crime” that involved a “prolonged attack” in which Leibel’s girlfriend was “alive for the better part of the mutilation and mayhem.”

The prosecutor said Leibel “followed a script” from “Syndrome,” a book he co-wrote, saying it “mimics what happened to the victim” three weeks after she gave birth to their daughter.

The murder was  draining her body of blood in a crime that a prosecutor said mirrored the script of a graphic novel that Leibel co-wrote.

The judge’s award is the result of a civil lawsuit filed by Olga Kasian, the mother of Iana and the custodian of Iana’s daughter, who now is three. They live in Ukraine.

The lawsuit contained a transcript of a deposition by Dr. James Ribe of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office in which he described the circumstances of Kasian’s death as likely to be unprecedented outside of wartime.

Ribe said Kasian’s “entire scalp was traumatically absent and was not found, was not present with the body. Her skull had been stripped down to the surface of the bone … There was no scalp present except for little bits in the back of the neck.”

“Also portions of the right side of her face were torn away including the right ear and part of the posterior face on the (right) side, all the way down to the jawline. … As far as the face, there were quite a number of bruises and abrasions on the face, primarily on the left side, the left cheek, and left jaw area, a number of bruises and abrasion, including one which turned out to be a human bite mark…”

“I have never seen this before. And I doubt if hardly any forensic pathologists in this country or abroad have even seen this outside of, perhaps, wartime … So it’s extremely rare….”

Among the most unusual aspects of Kasian’s death, Ribe said, was “that she had lived for at least eight hours approximately after receiving the scalp injury and the bruise to the collarbone.”

Leibel, who is imprisoned in Tehachapi, did not attend the trial, nor did any members of his family or the attorney who had represented him in the civil trial.  The Toronto Sun reports that Leibel Leibel’s civil attorney removed himself before this month’s scheduled trial.

 “When Leibel didn’t respond after his lawyer quit, he didn’t make any arrangements or take advantage of an opportunity to appear and was left to his own devices and we proceeded,” said Tom Conroy, Olga Kasian’s attorney.


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James Francis
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James Francis

Why are these gruesome murders happening In weho. This is the third that I can recall in the last three years. The jilted gay boyfriend/lover who mutilated and disemboweled his medical doctor gay partner that wanted to separate from him because of his possessive and abusive to him, rightfully so, but the boyfriend murdered him gruesomely before he could leave the relationship. The police found the boyfriend trying to slit his own wrists and arrested him before he could barricade himself The roommates accidentally mistaken as culprits and killed by sherrifs trying to evade and escape their knife/hatchet weilding roommate… Read more »

Joel Peel
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Joel Peel

I think you answered your own question

Cy Husain
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Of course the media is covering any and all crime possible in West Hollywood and completely sensationalizing it! This is to draw attention away from the FACT that White supremacists and other far-right groups committed the majority of extremist-related murders in the United States! This runs counter to their narrative that crime in the western world is committed exclusively by non-whites, non-christians, leftists, liberals, LGBTQ individuals, environmentalists, and feminists with; privileged white males being saintly victims under any and all circumstances. So why are we NOT hearing from the Feminists on this issue? Here we have a case of a… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
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Gimmeabreak

I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Cy Husain on ….. ANYTHING, … but he’s right about this, except for the white male privilege stuff. Having worked in law enforcement for many years I know that CDCR is required to do what they can to protect prisoners when there is strong reason to believe they will be in danger if the prisoner is put in general pop. As much as they might want to, they can’t deliberately put Leibel in a situation where he is almost for sure going to be assaulted. AND, considering what Leibel did, it may be the… Read more »

Cy Husain
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“Gimmeabreak” REALLY, you’re going to disagree with me on this loser being of “white male privilege” when it’s the most verifiable thing about him? Blake Leibel was born into considerable wealth from notable Canadian families from both parents. His mother was Alros Products heiress Eleanor Chitel Leibel and, his father’s wealth can be traced to his Toronto real estate mogul family back before his grandfather. From his family background we can see from the sources I provided that “control pathology” stemming from elite white privilege played a significant role in his behavior and, development into a sociopath where an inability… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
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Gimmeabreak

We’ve learned, Cy, that you see individuals as part of a group, and that group is guilty of some offense, therefore all the individuals in that group are equally guilty.

You’ve played the “white male privilege” card way too many times.

Cy Husain
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SERIOUSLY? The “white male privilege” card is a reality that’s been dealt and, non-whites are NOT in a position to play!

Oh I see some concern over “individuals as part of a group” being unjustly singled out for being collectively guilty of that group’s actions. PLEASE tell me more about your opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban!

Cy Husain
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PLEASE ask the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to MOVE Blake Leibel from the comfort of protective custody at California Correctional Institution (CCI) and, into the “general population” at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP). It will give him the opportunity to meet people without white male privileges for the first time in his life! 🙂

joel peel
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joel peel

CDCR takes extensive precautions when determining the placement of their prisoners. They HAVE to, for two likely reasons:
1:They really DO want to keep the prison safe for all their inmates
and, more importantly,
2: If they didn’t, they stand to be massively sued… so it’s also a CYA thing
(cover your ass)

I wouldn’t worry about Mr. Leibel OR the other inmates, Mr. Husain.

Cy Husain
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It has more to do with the profits from a New Form of Slavery imposed upon Incarcerated Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires for $1 an Hour, than CDCR genuinely caring about their inmates! The entire national prison system including the CDCR is an example of “institutional racism” reflecting the interests and intentions of the establishment. The real criminals in the prison system basically pathologically violent “good old boys” do quite well given their shared interests with the establishment, in stark contrast to “political activists” and many non-whites (many of whom may well have been falsely convicted for the crimes they are… Read more »

Pbvinn
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Pbvinn

Wonder what she did to make her man so mad. Can’t wait for the movie.

Cy Husain
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Completely unacceptable victim blaming on your part! Iana Kasian did NOTHING wrong. Do to her good nature and circumstance she, was completely taken advantage of by a deranged predator who benefited from his western white male privilege. If some idiot makes a movie to exploit this, it will in all likelihood not make it past Youtube and, then hopefully get thrown off of there for “violating the terms of service” policy!