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LAPD seeks help in catching killer of popular Culver City chiropractor Robert Rainey

A screenshot of Dr. Robert Rainey, killed May 31 in his office in Palms.
A screenshot of Dr. Robert Rainey, killed May 31 in his office in Palms.

A well-known chiropractor was found dead in his Venice Boulevard office by a patient yesterday morning, and now police are asking for the public’s help in solving his murder.

Police announced that Dr. Robert Rainey, a 54-year-old Culver City resident, was discovered on the floor of his office with severe head trauma Thursday morning at around 8:15 a.m. A patient coming in for a scheduled appointment found him there.

The murder was especially vicious, police said: Rainey’s jaw was broken and his teeth knocked in. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but pronounced dead soon after.

So far police have few leads. According to CBS, his wallet was missing from the scene, and investigators are considering the possibility that the killing was a robbery gone wrong. CBS also reports that Rainey may have been killed between 7 and 8 a.m. -- just minutes before the patient arrived. 

His office, Rainey Chiropractic, is located on the second floor of a strip mall on the 9200 block of Venice Boulevard in Palms, just over the border from Culver City. Residents and business owners in the area said Rainey was a well-liked figure and active in the community, with no known enemies.

The homicide investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470.

Rainey’s brother is L.A. Times media critic James Rainey, and his father was the character actor Ford Rainey

Dr. Rainey’s website states that he had more than 20 years of experience using “methods like spinal adjustment, pilates therapy and therapeutic massage.” Several promotional videos from the website show Rainey discussing his practice.