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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  1. 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 who was high on meth and bath salts that made him psychotic can paranoid and was slashing at his roommates only to be one of the survivors. It caused 5 neighbors to move out in fear after seeing pools of blood inside and outside the apartment complex and murders feet from their doors. News alert—I would too!

    Then this literal psycho of boyfriend who wanted to keep his wife/girlfriend alive while torturing her and getting off of the screams, how neighbors didn’t hear or how muffled that apartment was and yet again here another person is skinned alive only to
    Rot for days until her worried mother asked police to investigate when the mother didn’t hear from her for an entire week and knew the husband wasabusibd to her.

    Why do people do this to make West Hollywood and Hollywood a haven for murders and suicides or both together. The drugs and the threat of losing their status in society or being able to hold onto that Hollywood dream that fades away and their obsessive behaviors, paranoia and addictions turn into reasons for murder!

    1. 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 “privileged white male” luring a young woman descended from the Caucasus in Soviet Central Asia into a life of sexual servitude and, deposing of her when he thought it necessary to do so. Could the interests of “privileged white males” in the western world extend far beyond this to keep to keep voices of Feminists and other oppressed people silent on this issue? Do consider that the government in Kiev was put in power by a CIA backed coup that overthrew a Democratically Elected Government in a time when the Ukrainian Feminist group FEMEN was most active and, now under the fascist white supremacist Euromaidan Svoboda is subjected to some violent oppression including a few murders. There is a voice that refuses to be silenced by the forces of western imperialism, it is the Women’s Militia of the Donbass Resistance! ✊🏽

  2. 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 other prisoners that CDCR is protecting! Just think of their liability if he did to one of the prisoners there what he did to the mother of his own child.

    1. “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 to empathize with the loss of others in one’s own personal gain is seen as a good adaption to capitalism. Now I only had a few courses in Forensic Psychology as an upper division elective but, it comes in useful in my postings!

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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 accused of) are routinely targeted for some very violent oppression. The Marshall Project has sought to bring attention to these issues through a National Prison Strike!

    1. 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!

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