Friend: Milton man had volatile relationship with call girl tied to Google exec's death


MILTON, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has uncovered new details in the case of a high-priced call girl under investigation for the drug related death of her former boyfriend in Milton, and the death of a Google executive.
A former nanny of Dean Riopelle tells Channel 2's Mike Petchenik that Riopelle had a volatile relationship with the suspect.
Milton police are still investigating what role, if any, Alix Tichleman may have played in Riopelle's death last September.
That former friend and live-in nanny said she believes Tichelman had something to do with the death.
"Dean didn't do drugs.  This is a man that doesn't like to take Tylenol," Khristina Brucker told Petchenik.
When Brucker learned her former friend and employer, Riopelle, had died from a heroin overdose, she said she was shocked.
"He didn't drink, he didn't smoke. He hated both and he definitely hated drugs," Brucker said.
Last week, Channel 2 Action News broke news that Milton police are reopening the investigation into Riopelle's death after California police charged his former girlfriend, Tichleman, for injecting a lethal dose of heroin into Google executive Forrest Hayes.
Police said Tichleman has admitted she provided heroin to Riopelle.
"I believe that she had something to do with this," Brucker said.
The former live-in nanny told Petchenik that Riopelle and Tichleman had a legitimate relationship, albeit a volatile one.
"There was a lot of fighting between Alix and really anybody.  There was a lot of tension.  She caused a lot of tension," Brucker said.
Brucker said Tichleman picked fights with anyone she perceived as getting between her and Riopelle, including his own children.
"(There were) a lot of screaming matches. She would go as far as screaming at his children, screaming at him and she really had no place to do any of that," Brucker said.
Tichelman is not facing any charges in Georgia at this point.
She is due in court Wednesday for another arraignment hearing in Santa Cruz County, California.
Her bond is set at $1.5 million.

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