Amie Harwick’s killer was making a press release with post-Valentine’s homicide, says prosecutor

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It has been virtually 4 years since Hollywood therapist Amie Harwick was murdered on Feb. 15, 2020. For the primary time, the person who tried to save lots of her opens up about what occurred.

Harwick’s roommate, Michael Herman, can by no means erase the reminiscences of what occurred to his pal within the early morning hours after Valentine’s Day 2020.

“I used to be so pleased with her and what she’s achieved,” Tom Harwick mentioned of his daughter Amie.

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“She’s gone and I am nonetheless right here,” says Herman.

“Michael Herman has plenty of survivor’s guilt,” Moriarty tells Harwick’s mother and father.

“Oh, my goodness,” Penny Harwick says, “He did the precise proper factor.”

Tom Harwick provides, “He made all the fitting selections.”


POLICE OFFICER (bodycam video to Michael Herman): Sit down. Sit down.

POLICE OFFICER (to Amie Harwick): Ma’am.


POLICE OFFICER: We — we’d like — we’d like an ambulance. … Ma’am, what occurred to you?

Within the early morning darkness of Feb. 15, 2020, police physique cameras have been recording as Amie Harwick – barely clinging to life outdoors of her Hollywood Hills house – was taken to a hospital.

POLICE OFFICER (bodycam video): If she says something within the hospital, we have to know that.

As EMTs tried to save lots of Amie, officers from the Los Angeles Police Division tried to make sense of the scene. Amie’s roommate, Michael Herman, gave the impression to be the one witness. He instructed the officers an intruder had attacked Amie.

MICHAEL HERMAN (bodycam video): I swear to you that was a wrestle I heard.

Erin Moriarty: However is there any signal of the intruder?

Det. Scott Masterson: There wasn’t. There wasn’t.

Scott Masterson was the lead detective.

Det. Scott Masterson: On the deck of the balcony, we discovered … a medium-size syringe and it was loaded with a yellowish-brown substance.

POLICE OFFICER (bodycam video): Yeah, it is heroin.

Erin Moriarty When the officers first noticed that they thought, what? Was this some type of drug deal?

MICHAEL HERMAN: No, she’s sober. She would not drink. She did not even drink.

POLICE OFFICER: She would not drink?

MICHAEL HERMAN: She would not even drink. She’s sober.

Det. Scott Masterson: And after I first noticed it, I mentioned, “That is not heroin.”

Not heroin. However Masterson did not know what it was.

Erin Moriarty: However what did you suppose? Wasn’t that odd?

Det. Scott Masterson: Very odd. Very unusual.

Det. Scott Masterson: They do not know if he is a part of the issue, a part of the answer.

Det. Scott Masterson: So, you already know, they’re … pondering, “Was he in a battle together with her?”

Michael Herman talks in regards to the evening of Amie Harwick’s dying and the way he tried to save lots of her with “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty. “She’s gone and I am nonetheless right here,” mentioned Herman.

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That was not true. Herman is telling his story publicly for the primary time in regards to the occasions on the evening of Valentine’s Day 2020 and into the early hours of the subsequent day.

Erin Moriarty: The phrase nightmare is not even a sufficiently big phrase, is it?

Michael Herman: (shakes his head) No, no …

Amie had gone out with buddies and Herman was in his downstairs bed room.

Michael Herman: I would been principally nodding on and off, I keep in mind what gave the impression of a plate dropping, being woken up by it.

Pondering it was Amie’s cat, he says he fell again asleep. He later woke as much as Amie returning house and that bloodcurdling scream. He then heard what gave the impression of Amie being thrown to the ground, and later, choked.

Erin Moriarty: The sound made you’re feeling that there was somebody up together with her.

However Herman says he could not discover his telephone. He then began yelling to scare the intruder.

Michael Herman: I keep in mind pondering like that is a lot worse than any horror film I’ve ever seen … you are realizing that to save lots of her like … you’ve got gotta …make the choice to depart her … it was such a tough choice.

A safety digital camera at at house subsequent door reveals Michael Herman knocking on the neighbor’s door.

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MICHAEL HERMAN (to 911): You guys have to get a cop right here fast.

911 DISPATCHER: Sir, the officers are on the way in which.

After spending hours on the scene, investigators discovered one thing within the gentle of day that that they had missed earlier than: a damaged window from a French door on the bottom flooring with blood close by.

 Within the gentle of day, investigators noticed a damaged glass panel on the French doorways of Harwick’s house. “As quickly as we noticed that, OK … That is our level of entry,” Det. Scott Masterson mentioned.

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Erin Moriarty: So, this was the primary piece of proof that mentioned to you Mike Herman is likely to be telling you the reality?

Det. Scott Masterson: Appropriate. Appropriate.

Later, on the Hollywood police station, Herman instructed Masterson in regards to the individual he believed was accountable.

Michael Herman: I instructed them she had an ex-boyfriend that she had had a restraining order in opposition to, that had expired. … I do not know his title, however Robert would know his title.

Robert Coshland (2020): They usually have been like, you already know, “Have you learnt who might need, you already know, may have carried out this?” And I used to be like, “Yeah, Gareth.”

Robert Coshland: I used to be like … “It’s worthwhile to go discover this man instantly.”

Masterson then broke the information to Coshland and Herman: Amie had died on the hospital. She was 38 years previous.

Erin Moriarty: How troublesome was it to listen to that Amie did not make it?

Michael Herman: It is nonetheless troublesome to listen to …

As investigators labored to search out Amie’s ex-boyfriend, in addition they tried to search out Amie’s mother and father Penny and Tom Harwick in Pennsylvania. The Harwicks keep in mind preparing for mattress when there was a knock on the door. It was the native police.

Penny Harwick: And he mentioned … “Amie’s been murdered” (cries).

Tom Harwick: It — it is — it is a blur proper now.

Penny Harwick: I do not know find out how to describe it, I —

Penny and Tom’s life with Amie started after they adopted her as an 11-month-old child. 

Erin Moriarty: Do you keep in mind the primary time you noticed your little lady?

Tom Harwick: And imagine it or not, she had a head stuffed with curls.

Penny Harwick: And her hair was honey coloured. … By the point she was 4, it was so darkish.

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Harwick household

Round that very same time, the Harwicks adopted their son, Chris.

Penny Harwick: She was OK with it for a few weeks. After which she mentioned, “Properly, when is he going again?” (laughs) … And I mentioned, “Properly, he isn’t. He is your brother. He is gonna be right here eternally.”

Erin Moriarty: How would you describe your sister?

And Amie acquired her mother and father in on the motion, too.

Tom Harwick: She turned Penny and I into metalheads or headbangers.

Penny Harwick: She did.

After highschool, Amie met Tommy Decker, a drummer from L.A. at an area live performance. The 2 started courting lengthy distance.

Penny Harwick: After which she mentioned, “I wanna transfer on the market. I wanna transfer out to L.A.”

In 2001, she headed west. She was 20 years previous.

Penny Harwick: She wanted to search out out who she was. She wanted to do this for herself.


Det. Scott Masterson: I mentioned, “I believe you higher get a contractor. … in case you come up with an influence device, you are gonna be in actual hassle.”

Gareth Pursehouse was charged with Amie Harwick’s homicide on Feb. 19, 2020.

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Rudy Torres (2020): They appeared like a reasonably enjoyable couple, and kinda good to see, you already know, buddies get collectively.

Rudy Torres (2020): For those who would meet him you’d suppose he is charming. A little bit goofy. Kinda dorky.

Penny Harwick: No, no, no. And he or she was making an attempt to interrupt that behavior (laughs).

Erin Moriarty: And why do you suppose that’s?

Penny Harwick: Properly, possibly she was already feeling like he wasn’t who she thought he was.

And Penny says her daughter by no means shared how risky the two-year relationship had turn into.

Det. Scott Masterson: She had gone by … fairly a bit … with Gareth. There was … numerous police experiences that have been made.

Amie Harwick and Gareth Pursehouse

Tom Harwick: She did not go into particulars.

Penny Harwick: I believe so.

Tom Harwick: Sure, sure.

Within the years after their breakup, Amie instructed her mother and father her house was damaged into. On one event, surprisingly, the one issues taken have been private images, and on one other, her laptop was cleaned.

Erin Moriarty: And did she suppose it was Gareth?

Penny Harwick: She did.

Tom Harwick: Sure. Oh, sure.

Erin Moriarty: However no manner of proving.

Penny Harwick: No manner of proving something. … In fact, we have been apprehensive, however then we additionally felt like, nicely, she’s carried out with him … It is over. … And it was by no means over.

And Penny says Amie was thriving—getting a level to turn into a licensed therapist.

Amie posted remedy movies on her social media.

AMIE HARWICK (video):  You’ll be able to search remedy to handle a difficulty like melancholy, nervousness, a breakup. You can too search remedy to be a greater you!

Penny Harwick: She was actually upset about it. … And he or she wasn’t certain what she was going to do.

Regardless of that impediment, Amie studied for a Ph.D. in human sexuality, incomes the title “Dr.” She took a particular curiosity in marginalized teams — intercourse employees and weak ladies.

Tom Harwick: She bounced proper again.

Penny Harwick: No, she did not cease. … she would work with these teams of people who she felt have been underrepresented and wanted assist.

Erin Moriarty: What was Dr. Harwick’s status?

Emily Sears: Physician Amie Harwick … had a tremendous status. I had plenty of mutual buddies that had seen her.

Emily Sears, a mannequin who’s graced the quilt of Maxim Journal, first began seeing Dr. Amie Harwick in 2017, partially, to assist her overcome nervousness she had round courting and intimacy.

Emily Sears: And that also is one thing that I’m struggling to course of … figuring out that I used to be sitting throughout from her, and she or he had been by a lot that was comparable.

As Amie was serving to Sears work by her points round courting, Amie was taking an opportunity on a brand new man in her personal life: Drew Carey, comic and host of “The Value is Proper” on CBS.

“48 Hours” spoke to Carey in 2022. He mentioned that it wasn’t lengthy after assembly Amie at a celebration that he determined she was the one.

Drew Carey (2022): And I mentioned, “If that is — if this retains goin’ the way in which it is goin’, I am gonna marry her.”

Erin Moriarty: And what occurred?

Penny Harwick: What occurred was … he ended up taking her to Paris on New 12 months’s Eve and proposing to her …And he or she accepted.

In 2018, Drew Carey launched Amie Harwick as his fiancee on a particular Valentine’s Day episode of the CBS’ “The Value is Proper.”

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Carey and Amie shared the information on his present quickly after.

DREW CAREY | “The Value is Proper”: I would wish to introduce you to my model new, beautiful fiancée, Amie. How are you doing, Amie?

However as an alternative of spending the remainder of their lives collectively, later that 12 months, the couple cut up up.

Erin Moriarty: How did she take the breakup?

Penny Harwick: who was watching and it made her fear.


Emily Sears, considered one of Amie Harwick’s remedy purchasers, was shaken by the information of her dying.

Emily Sears: The truth is we’re not secure, no person is.

Victor Avila: And that is on the level that we determined to cost not solely the homicide cost … but additionally the particular circumstance of mendacity in wait.

Avila alongside together with his co-counsel Deputy District Legal professional Catherine Mariano, reviewed surveillance and physique digital camera video, interviews with Amie’s household and buddies, and compiled a timeline of the occasions main as much as the homicide.

Catherine Mariano: It grew to become very clear to me that … his obsession drove … his intent to kill her.

 “Tonight I felt very scared. … It terrifies me that he is been obsessive about me for 9 years, thinks about me each day,” Amie Harwick wrote in an e-mail to herself, a couple of month earlier than her homicide, after she bumped into ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse. 


Erin Moriarty: What was your response, Penny, when she was telling you this?

Penny Harwick: Oh, that is after we talked about safety … And … she mentioned she was going to get pepper spray.

Robert Coshland: We determined to start out sharing location so I may observe the place she was.

Robert Coshland: That is when she mentioned, look … “if one thing occurs to me, he did it.”

Erin Moriarty: She really mentioned.

Robert Coshland: She actually mentioned that.

That is when prosecutors say Amie determined to dam his quantity.

Victor Avila: I imagine, up till that time, he was making an attempt to control his manner again into her life … the purpose that she made the choice … to dam him … that was her selection, and she or he had that proper to do this.

Catherine Mariano: Completely not. … I believe he needed to make a press release by killing her on Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 14, 2020, Amie went out with a bunch of buddies round 7 p.m. Two hours later, say prosecutors, surveillance cameras from her next-door neighbor’s property have been activated.

Gareth Pursehouse’s gloved hand is seen overlaying Amie Harwick’s neighbor’s safety digital camera. 

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Det. Scott Masterson: When he first comes into view … he covers the digital camera. And when the digital camera senses … no extra movement, it shuts off after which he hops over the fence.

And into Amie’s yard.

Victor Avila: And that is in line with Michael Herman. … He heard one thing breaking upstairs early within the night.

Det. Scott Masterson: I believe he climbed in her mattress … He was there ready for her … for fairly some time.

Erin Moriarty: How creepy is that?

Det. Scott Masterson: Loopy creepy.

“I believe [Gareth Pursehouse] climbed in her mattress,” says Det. Masterson. He calls it, “very creepy.”

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That is the place Masterson believes Amie discovered him 4 hours later when she arrived house a bit of after 1 a.m.

Erin Moriarty: How onerous did Amie battle for her life?

Det. Scott Masterson: I believe she fought with all the things she had.

Victor Avila: He had one thing that appeared to appear like … a chunk mark on his bicep.

Proof marker 18: A syringe discovered on Amie Harwick’s third-floor balcony.

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Victor Avila: A poisonous poison, that if injected into somebody, it could kill them.

Erin Moriarty: Why kill her that manner?

Victor Avila: I imply … with that deadly dose of nicotine … individuals could not know what killed her … It will not be detected.

Victor Avila: Lifts her proper over the rail after which drops her … to kill her.

Gareth Pursehouse is caught on the neighbor’s digital camera once more as he left the scene.

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Gareth Pursehouse with considered one of his protection attorneys throughout his homicide trial in 2023.


Catherine Mariano: I virtually did not acknowledge him.

Victor Avila: Proper.

Tom and Penny Harwick

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Tom and Penny Harwick sat by each second of the trial; even essentially the most graphic moments.

Penny Harwick: I have to know what occurred to my daughter. 

Tom Harwick: And we needed to be there for Amie.

Penny Harwick: Yeah.

Tom Harwick: By means of the entire ordeal.

However the Harwicks weren’t alone. Additionally within the courtroom: a small military of Amie’s buddies – together with Rudy Torres.

Rudy Torres: That is the very last thing I may ever do for her.

EVAN FRANZEL (in courtroom): His solely intention that evening was to talk to her.

Erin Moriarty: What was your response to that?

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EVAN FRANZEL (in courtroom): He introduced it aspiring to kill himself.

Det. Scott Masterson: Why did not he? … No, he was on a mission … to kill her.

Victor Avila: He was carrying gloves when he went there, he coated up the cameras. What is the objective in doing all that if you are going to kill your self there in entrance of her?

The protection tells the jurors they’ll hear from an accident reconstructionist who will present that Amie fell on her personal. Franzel then reveals the jury two photographs: a screenshot of the reconstruction displaying an animated determine hanging from the balcony and an undated picture of Amie posing on high of a balcony railing.

The photographs the protection  confirmed in courtroom:  a screenshot of the reconstruction displaying an animated determine hanging from the balcony and an undated picture of Amie Harwick posing on high of a balcony railing.

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EVAN FRANZEL (in courtroom): You may see that she had a sure consolation degree with the balcony railing.

Erin Moriarty: What was your response?

Victor Avila: She’s been strangled, she’s debilitated. So for her to then stroll … climb over a 3-foot rail, … do all that … it would not appear cheap. It appears really unreasonable.

The protection’s opening concludes with this damning admission:

MICHAEL HERMAN (in courtroom): Amie had met with a handyman. I keep in mind, uh, they have been over by the glass doorways … and Amie was pointing it out and telling him, “We have to safe this.”

GARETH PURSEHOUSE: I assume I am formally a nasty boy now, proper? I’ve all the time been type of (laughs).

GARETH PURSEHOUSE: Yeah, so s***’s not nice. I am not getting outta right here.

Erin Moriarty: Why was that vital?

Erin Moriarty: Did not that damage the protection?

Victor Avila: I’m certain some jurors have been questioning what occurred … So, I do not suppose that helps.

Erin Moriarty: Did that make you mad?

Penny Harwick: Oh … it took all my willpower to remain in that seat, to maintain my mouth shut.

CATHERINE MARIANO (studying Amie’s e-mail in courtroom): “Tonight, I felt very scared … Gareth got here up behind me and began screaming.”

Det. Scott Masterson: That is the closest we have ever needed to a sufferer testifying of their homicide. … I assumed it was extraordinarily devastating.

Jurors had three selections: homicide within the first diploma, homicide within the second diploma, or the lesser cost of voluntary manslaughter.

Tom Harwick: When it got here time for deliberation, I believe all of us thought it could be moderately fast. … Day One glided by: nothing.

Penny Harwick: I began getting a bit of apprehensive and pondering what may they be debating about?


Victor Avila: Yeah.

Catherine Mariano: It is extremely, nerve-wracking. … The wait is the worst half.

And on Amie’s family and friends.

However as courtroom was about to adjourn —

JUDGE GEORGE G. LOMELI: Is it appropriate that the jury has a verdict? 

JUROR 1: Sure.

JUDGE GEORGE G. LOMELI: You’ll be able to hand the decision type over to the bailiff, please.

Erin Moriarty: What did you’re feeling at that second?

Amie’s pal, Robert Coshland.

Amie Harwick and Robert Coshland

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Penny Harwick: He is impacted so many individuals together with his actions, so many individuals. … He devastated our household.

A household that has grown. After the decision, Tom gathered Amie’s buddies — those who’ve stood by them each step of this journey. 

Tom Harwick: I mentioned, “You are not our buddies, you are household. You actually have (crying) turn into our household.”

Erin Moriarty: Might you’ve gotten by this with out them?

Tom Harwick: No.

Penny Harwick: I do not suppose so.

It is a testomony to the wonderful life and neighborhood Amie Harwick created.

Amie Harwick’s roommate on what occurred the evening she died and the way he tried to save lots of her by
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Michael Herman: She was actually completely satisfied. She was actually completely satisfied that she had actually gotten her life collectively. Man, we have been all completely satisfied…

Michael Herman says he nonetheless retains replaying that evening.

Michael Herman: She’s gone and I am nonetheless right here … You need a second probability. … I am nonetheless making an attempt to save lots of her.

Erin Moriarty: Michael Herman has plenty of survivor’s guilt.

Penny Harwick: Oh, my goodness. … He did the precise proper factor.

Tom Harwick: He made all the fitting selections.

Chris Harwick: I really feel — I really feel she did.

Amie’s brother, Chris.

Rudy Torres: We misplaced a pal, however so many different individuals misplaced a healer.

Emily Sears says she’s struggling with out Amie’s steerage.

Amie’s family members are hoping to alter that actuality. After her dying, a petition was created to rewrite California home violence legal guidelines, together with a statute stopping restraining orders from expiring.

Tom Harwick: And our greatest disappointment was … it misplaced all its impression when COVID shut all the things down.

Prosecutor Mariano acknowledges that there are limits to the authorized system.

Catherine Mariano: By the point it will get to our desk … we’re ready to behave reactively moderately than proactively. … However as a society, I believe we are able to all the time do higher, proper?

Victor Avila: Proper.

After the trial, Amie’s mother and father headed house to Pennsylvania — the place the place they first grew to become a household with their little lady and watched her develop into the girl admired and now missed by so many.

Tom, Penny and Amie Harwick

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Erin Moriarty: What is the hardest half?

Penny Harwick: … and I miss our adventures.

Adventures remembered after they go to Amie’s grave.

PENNY HARWICK (inserting flowers on Amie’s grave) I could not get a brighter orange. I do know orange was your favourite colour, however that is the closest I may get.

TOM HARWICK: We miss you, Amie. Day-after-day, we consider you.

Penny Harwick: We’re not the identical individuals we have been earlier than, however we hold making an attempt to be.

Erin Moriarty: Something you would like you had been in a position to say to her?

For those who or somebody you already know is experiencing home violence or stalking, the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline may be reached at 1−800−799−7233.

Produced by Richard Fetzer and Lauren A. White. Michelle Fanucci and Greg Fisher are the event producers. Lauren Turner Dunn is the affiliate producer. Greg Kaplan and Phil Tangel are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer, Nancy Kramer is the manager editor. Judy Tygard is the manager producer. 

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