Cops Intensify Hunt for Fugitive Newport Beach Millionaire Accused of Murder


To re-draw public attention to next month’s six-year anniversary of fugitive Peter Chadwick’s transformation from multimillionaire Newport Beach real estate mogul to accused murderer, law enforcement officials have launched a “true crime” podcast, “Countdown to Capture.”

Detectives believe British-born Chadwick strangled his wife, Quee Choo Lim Chadwick, during an Oct. 2012 argument in their ocean-view Newport Coast home, dumped her corpse in a San Diego-area trash dumpster and made a 911 call blaming a mysterious handyman for kidnapping him as well as the killing.

Veteran Orange County homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy didn’t buy the tale and filed murder charges.

But in January 2015, Chadwick emptied bank accounts of several million dollars and disappeared after posting bail the previous month.

Police detectives initially suspected he’d fled to Mexico after abandoning his three young sons.

The Weekly reported exclusively last year that the U.S. Marshals Service filed a federal fugitive from justice complaint against the defendant inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

That agency labeled Chadwick “armed and dangerous.”

Jennifer Manzella, the press information officer for the Newport Beach Police Department, told reporters her agency plans six, 15-minute podcasts describing the 5-foot-7 and 160-pound suspect, the crime and his getaway.

Police are offering a reward for information leading to Chadwick’s arrest.

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CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; earned six dozen other reporting awards; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; featured in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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