‘America’s Most Wanted’: Chasen Case Proves an Average Person Can Make a Difference

Show revisits case its tipster helped break

"America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh updated viewers Saturday on the show's major role in helping police score a break in Ronni Chasen's murder, and said it proved that one anonymous caller could make a huge difference.

A tipster to the show called repeatedly after its Nov. 20 broadcast about Chasen, who was shot on Nov. 16 as she drove home from the premiere of "Burlesque." The tipster said police should look into Harold Martin Smith. When police confronted Smith, he shot himself with a gun that ballistics tests later found was the one used to kill Chasen.

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"I did this for one reason and one reason only, and that was to get justice for Ronni Chasen, who could never get it for herself," the tipster said in an email read on the air.

Added Walsh in a voiceover: "I'm very proud of this loyal 'AMW' viewer, who had the guts to make that call. It's what this show is all about, and it reconfirms my belief that an average person can make a difference."

The tipster could also receive up to $125,000 in reward money.