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Police: Bahamas handbag

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Police: Bahamas handbag

by San Diego Union Tribune

A handbag designer whose hand-woven creations were owned by celebrities was found slain in his home, marking the second homicide in an exclusive Nassau neighborhood in less than a week, police said Monday.

Harl Taylor, 37, best known for designing beach bags made of sisal straw, was found early Sunday in the bedroom of his home and studio, according to Walter Evans, assistant superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Evans did not disclose details of Taylor's injuries or comment on a possible motive, citing an ongoing investigation. Two local newspapers, without citing sources, said Taylor had been stabbed numerous times.

Oprah Winfrey and model Elle McPherson are among the celebrities who own bags made by Taylor, according to a Web page of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Taylor, a Bahamas native who studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, lived in the same tony neighborhood as a 59-year-old college dean who was found dead Friday in his home behind the U.S. Embassy.

Relatives of the slain dean, Thaddeus McDonald, believe he was beaten to death. Police have not released details of that murder probe either.

Investigators have not dismissed a possible link between the two homicides, according to The Nassau Guardian newspaper.


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