There have been many strange twists in the case of Silicon Valley startup mogul Gurbash Chahal, who is set to be sentenced in San Francisco after violating his probation on an assault charge. Even as video emerged of him kicking his ex-girlfriend 117 times and trying to smother her with a pillow, Chahal made an appearance on FOX’s reality show Secret Millionaire and continued to be regarded as a catch.
Not long after the 31-year-old sold his startup for $400 million at age 25, he was named America’s Most Eligible Bachelor by Extra! and was named one of the “richest and fittest guys” by Men’s Health magazine, according to The Daily Beast.
But Chahal is not the only camera-ready criminal whose picture-perfect persona hides a darker side. Following is a roundup of reality stars who have assembled a collection of mug shots to go along with their headshots.
Rodney Alcala – The Dating Game
California serial killer Rodney Alcala is nicknamed the “Dating Game Killer” because he was a contestant on the 1978 television show. Despite some of the other contestants branding him “creepy,” Alcala actually won the episode he appeared on. Host Jim Lange introduced him as a “successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13,” and “between takes you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.”
An archive of photographs taken by the killer were found in a storage locker that Acala had rented before his arrest. To this day, dozens of the people in the photos have yet to be identified, and may or not portray victims. Acala was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in the state between 1977 and 1979. In 2013 he received an additional sentence of 25 years to life after pleading guilty to two homicides committed in New York between 1971 and 1977. One police detective called Alcala “a killing machine,” and his actual victim count remains unknown.
Ryan Jenkins – I Love Money 3 and Megan Wants A MillionaireJenkins, 32, was a Canadian real estate agent who quit his job to pursue his Hollywood dream, and found success by appearing on VH1 reality shows I Love Money 3 and Megan Wants a Millionaire.
During his stint on Megan Wants a Millionaire, Jenkins was shown wining and dining Megan Hausermann. In an attempt to display his wealth, Jenkins rented an Aston Martin for their date because he wanted “a sexy car for a sexy girl.”
Shortly after he finished taping the show, Jenkins met Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old swimsuit model. They married on March 18 after a 48-hour, whirlwind courtship in Las Vegas, but had a volatile relationship that ended in tragedy when her naked and mutilated body was found a few months later, stuffed into a suitcase in a Los Angeles suburb. Fiore could only be identified by the serial numbers on her breast implants as her teeth and fingertips had been removed in a bid to conceal her identity. After a six-day international manhunt, Jenkins’s body was found in a run-down motel in British Columbia. His death was ruled suicide by hanging.
Though Jenkins’s family and friends were reportedly shocked by the allegations, he had a record of violence. He was charged in Nevada with allegedly hitting Fiore in the arm, and in his hometown of Calgary had been sentenced to 15 months probation in 2007 on an unspecified assault charge of his then ex-girlfriend.
Jenelle Evans and Amber Portwood – Teen Mom
The cast members of MTV’s Teen Mom are no strangers to life behind bars. Jenelle Evans, right, has been arrested 15 times for drugs, assaults, breaking and entering, cyberstalking, and more. Amber Portwood, left, was arrested on December 27, 2010 after attacking her then-boyfriend and baby daddy Gary Shirley, and charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony count of neglect of a dependent, and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery. A year later, she was arrested again for violating her probation. And in May 2012, she was behind bars again after failing to finish a court-mandated drug program. Slow down, girls.
Don Vito – Jackass
Don Vito (real name Vincent Margera) of MTV’s Jackass and Viva la Bam! was found guilty of molesting two underage girls in 2006. After being arrested at a Colorado mall on suspicion of inappropriately touching two 12-year-old girls, the reality star pleaded not guilty.
His attorney argued that her client had been playing his “goofy, outrageous, and vulgar” alter ego, and said that he was a “benign bumbler” whose signature arm movement may have been mistaken for breast fondling.
Don Vito was ordered to serve 12 years of “hard probation,” which included never appearing on a reality show again. He moved back to Pennsylvania, where according to his family he suffered from health problems as a result of alcoholism and obesity. He died in November 2015 of kidney and liver failure at the age of 59.
Flavor Flav – Flavor of Love
The Public Enemy rapper has appeared on several reality shows, including The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and Flavor of Love, on which a group of women competed to win his heart. But he has quite the rap sheet, too. He most recently made headlines after being stopped in 2015 by Las Vegas highway patrol and was booked for a DUI, possession of marijuana, open container, speeding, bogus registration, and driving with a suspended license, according to TMZ.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol, cops spotted the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, Jr., at 12:30 A.M. driving a black BMW and going 73 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. He has a history of traffic violations, including being busted for speeding in New York on his way to his mother’s funeral. When the cops ran his license, they found that it had been suspended 16 times.
In March 2014, he pleaded guilty to domestic violence for threatening his girlfriend’s son with a kitchen knife and was sentenced to couples counseling. He later reconciled with girlfriend Liz Trujillo and appeared with her on yet another reality show, VH1’s Couples Therapy.
Danielle Staub – The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Her costars Teresa and Joe Giudici made headlines when they were sentenced to prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, but an ex-boyfriend outed Danielle Staub as a former stripper with her own colorful criminal past, according to People. Kevin Maher, a former felon turned FBI agent revealed in his book, Cop Without a Badge, that he met Staub at a drug-fueled Miami party in the eighties. She was charged with kidnapping, extortion, and possession after allegedly being involved in the abduction of a man who owed her drug-dealer friend money.
Main photo: Gurbash Chahal [Instagram/@gchahal]