There are many people today who hope Ryan Jenkins is rotting in hell, his suicide all the proof they need that the Calgary fugitive was guilty of a cold-blooded murder.
Dan Jenkins, Ryan’s grieving dad, is sure his son found hell in life, as he hid in a Hope. B.C. motel room, police on his tail, and nothing but despair on the horizon.
Jenkins said his son died frightened and lonely.
“He was terrified and he was alone, because he couldn’t call anyone, because all the phones were tapped,” said Dan Jenkins.
“He didn’t get to talk to anybody.”
Did the Calgary fugitive at least find a way to say goodbye to his father before taking his own life? A flat “no, no, no,” from Jenkins, a prominent Calgary architect.
The father’s tears are barely contained as he talks about the son painted as a murderous monster, ever since the body of his swimsuit-model girlfriend was found stuffed in a suitcase, her body mutilated to prevent identification.
Jenkins’ sensational run from justice ended Sunday night, when a B.C. hotel room manager found him hanging by his own belt from a coat rack, ten days after Jasmine Fiore was found dead in Los Angeles.
The murder brought Ryan Jenkins all the fame he could have imagined, making his name a household word across two countries.
He was the reality-television contestant who married a living Barbie doll, before their Vegas wedding was annulled, and their attempts at reconciliation went horribly sour.
As fodder for the American entertainment press, it was a dream story: Attractive, ambitious people, connected by love and murder.
For their families, it was a nightmare.
The unconditional love for his boy remains — Jenkins still sounds proud as he describes his 32-year-old son, who left real-estate success in Calgary to seek fame in Hollywood.
“Ryan was a fine young man — he was smart, he was kind, he was sweet, he was innocent,” said Jenkins.
Innocent can mean naive, but it certainly has moral meaning too. The elder Jenkins still has doubts his son was responsible for the murder of Fiore.
“Ryan was a great guy and I’m not at all convinced he did this crime yet,” said Jenkins, who’s calling on the U.S. police to continue the investigation.
For Jenkins, the accusation isn’t enough — he needs solid evidence.
“I certainly hope it will not stop,” said Jenkins.
“I certainly hope that the California police will continue their investigation into the DNA and all their forensics, and tell us one way or another whether our son was involved with this or not.”
It’s not denial, so much as a dad demanding proof. It’s hard to blame any parent for wanting the same.
What Jenkins refuses to believe, despite Ryan’s past conviction in Calgary for domestic abuse, is that his son was the only villain in a relationship gone bad.
“A lot of these things were just silliness, like the charge in California,” said Jenkins.
Ryan was arrested on a charge of domestic violence earlier this year, after allegedly slugging Fiore in the arm.
Jenkins says his son only pushed his wife into a pool, after a squabble.
“He felt like it was a police state. People push each other in the pool every Saturday afternoon, and he goes to jail for two days — that’s ridiculous,” said Jenkins.
“He turns around and his wife’s kissing another guy and he grabs her hand and starts walking away, and they’re arguing and he just pushes her in the pool. Well, big deal.”
Jenkins said his son’s relationship with Fiore, and Hollywood in general, was toxic.
“He went to Hollywood and something down there in the last four months, including this girl, just destroyed him,” said Jenkins.
“She would take off for days at a time and lie, and Ryan was lonely and distraught and alone down there. She was his only friend and she’d just disappear.
“It was hell on earth — I advised him 50 times to get out of that relationship.”