The murder of Fabio Sementilli: a speculation about the motive

“I’m optimistic, I’m driven and I don’t accept the habit of negativity around me”. Fabio Sementilli

Monica and Fabio Sementilli on January 17, 2017

Fabio Sementilli was born in Toronto, Canada, on July 13, 1967. In 2011, after he was promoted to an executive position at Wella, he moved to Los Angeles with his second wife Monica, and their two daughters, Jessica and Isabella.

Fabio Sementilli’s house in Woodland Hills, California

On January 23, 2017, at 4:55 pm, Fabio’s youngest daughter Isabella, 16, found him dead on the patio of their Woodland Hills California home. Sementilli had been beaten and stabbed in the face, neck and upper body. Detectives found blood at the crime scene that didn’t belong to Fabio Sementilli. 

On the day of Fabio’s murder, at 4:18 pm, a neighbor’s surveillance cameras caught on video two suspects, hiding their faces in hoodies, entering the Sementilli home and then leaving in Fabio’s black 2008 Porsche 911, at 4:53 pm. Fabio Sementilli had a surveillance system but, at the time of his murder, the main box was conveniently missing.

For months the detectives of the LAPD let people think that they believed Fabio was a victim of a break-in gone wrong. In reality the detectives believed that the crime scene was staged to look a burglary.

Elyse Bleuel, a close friend of Monica Sementilli, told 48 Hours Mystery’s correspondent Michelle Miller that, after Fabio’s murder, his wife Monica kept saying “he’s gone” and “I’m not a wife anymore”.

Mirella Rota, Fabio’s sister, also a hair dresser, told 48 Hours Mystery’s correspondent Michelle Miller that, after the murder, Monica called the Los Angeles Police Department everyday to know “if she was maybe shaking hands with the murderer right now? If she was, “I could literally be shaking hands with the murderer of my husband”… overall, upset about the fact that there were no leads”.

Monica Sementilli in 2006

– This obituary for Fabio Sementilli was published in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2017:

“On January 23rd, 2017 in Los Angeles, California a legend was lost. Fabio wanted to be remembered for the many relationships he built and the way he made people feel in a positive light. An award-winning hairstylist, a celebrated beauty executive, and a larger-than-life iconic figure to all. Fabio was lovingly referred to as “Big Daddy”, a rock star, a hero. Anyone who met Fabio would never forget that beautiful smile and infectious laugh, his charismatic personality and most of all his positive attitude and drive.  He was a mentor, a leader, and a role model to so many.  He was a treasured friend and above all a family man… Fabio valued family and family came first! Loving and adored husband to Monica, devoted father to Luigi, Gessica and Isabella, a treasured son to Luigi (deceased) and Maria Sementilli & Davide Verre, cherished brother to sisters Loredana & Joe Picillo and Mirella Rota & Marco Lorenti, son-in-law to Orfeo & Filomena Crescentini, brother-in-law to Anna & Grant Larsen & Barbara Crescentini and beloved uncle to Anthony (Stephanie), Vanessa, Daniel, Gianfranco, Massimo, Erik, Matthew and Giuliana and great uncle to Sebastian and Lucas.  Beloved family member and friend to many all over the world. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Fabio’s life Thursday February 2nd from 6pm to 9pm and Friday February 3rd 2pm to 9pm at Fratelli Vescio Funeral Home located at 8101 Weston Road, Woodbridge, Ontario 905-850-3332. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday February 4th at 9:30am at St. Clare of Assisi Church located at 150 St. Francis Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in Fabio’s memory to Hairdressers at Heart, a charity dear to him ( or to a college education fund being set up for his daughters, Gessica and Isabella (details to follow)”.

Monica Sementilli at her husband’s memorial

– At Fabio’s memorial his wife Monica said:

“He aspired to be the best person. He has given us unconditional love and made all our lives an adventure. How lucky am I to have lived the greatest love story of all time? A story that people only read about. A story that movies are made of. Thank you so much”.

Please note that during the memorial, Monica described herself as “lucky”, this is unexpected.  

– According with 48 Hours Mystery, after the murder of her husband, Monica Sementilli also wrote many posts on Facebook:

“I want to say thank you to all my fam and friend who have supported my almost daily posts and for all ur kind words and outpouring of love for this wonderful man. I apologize for not responding or reaching out to all of your wonderful comments… It was like therapy for me and made me feel better. I will continue to post now and again. I love this pic especially because it’s his favourite hat and sweater … you Fabio, are our sunshine #speakhisname #foreverlove #mywholewideworld 

Love you Fabio

What a beautiful picture… always in our mind and hearts all of you- @monica_sementilli”.

“A thousand moments taken for granted… mostly because I assumed there’d be a thousand more. We talk about you, not only because we miss you, but because we are yours and you are ours and no passage of time will ever change that  #speakhisnamealways #lendmeyourstrength #weneedyou

That’s so sweet. Love you guys

My loves… The difference between an ordinary family and an extraordinary one was always you! Love you”.

13x031_42e9_9-e1520542005854 – Few days after Fabio’s murder, relatives and friends met for a family memorial on the patio where Sementilli had been stabbed to death. Robert Louis Baker, a racquetball league director at a Los Angeles gym and a friend of Monica Sementilli, was between the mourners and he was photographed by a suspicious neighbor who noticed a bandage on his left index finger.

Robert Louis Baker

Robert Louis Baker is a registered sex offender who served time in prison in 1993. Baker’s DNA matched the blood found at the crime scene that didn’t belong to Fabio Sementilli.

– In June 2017, Monica Sementilli and Mirella Rota, Fabio’s sister, attended a private memorial for Fabio held at Wella’s Los Angeles headquarters. Monica sang the Frank Sinatra song “My Way” in front of approximately 100 mourners.

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say – not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way”.

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– On June 12, 2017, Monica Sementilli (1/10/1972), and her lover of a year and a half, Robert Louis Baker (5/02/1962), were arrested and charged with first-degree murder (Count 1) and conspiracy to commit murder together and with another person whose identity is unknown (Count 2). Both pleaded not guilty.

Monica has an alibi for the time of the murder, she was shopping at Target and at the Ralph’s market in Woodland Hills. She went back home at approximately 5:03 pm.

Fabio Sementilli had a $1.6-million life insurance policy.

According with the Grand jury indictment “the murder of FABIO SEMENTILLI was intentional and was carried out by the defendant(s), ROBERT LOUIS BAKER and MONICA SEMENTILLI for financial gain”.

In my opinion there is more about the motive for murder:

Stabbing is a personal crime, stabbing in the face is even more personal.

Robert Louis Baker chose to kill Fabio Sementilli not with a gun but with a knife. Baker chose to touch Fabio’s blood, to smell it, to look at Fabio’s face from very close, to hear his screams and his prayers to stop.

This is more than a killing for financial gain, the modus operandi reveals that behind this homicide there is a psychological motivation. This murder speaks loud of a personal connection between the victim and the perpetrator. This is an emotional murder.

Robert Louis Baker, the author of the crime and Fabio Sementilli weren’t friends. So why a so deeply personal murder? Baker was Fabio’s wife lover, she armed his bloody hands. 

Fabio Sementilli had a strong personality and was blooming day by day in Los Angeles. Monica felt overwhelmed by his ego, she couldn’t stand anymore by his side and she desired to punish him. Monica met Robert Baker, a looser, and convinced him that Fabio was a bad guy who deserved to die. She used him to kill Fabio. The main motive for this murder is resentment, a resentment that Monica Sementilli transmitted to her lover, Robert Louis Baker, the hitman.

In other words: the way Robert Baker killed Fabio Sementilli proves that Monica was behind him.


Please note that this picture was taken 6 days before Fabio’s murder and was Fabio to post it on Facebook. At that time Monica was already conspiring with Robert Baker to kill him.

Ursula Franco, MD and criminologist