A coroner has ruled out foul play, but John Ann Hotchkiss - the mother of Russell Armstrong - has confirmed in a new interview: "We want a murder investigation. We will do whatever is necessary to proceed."
Hotchkiss simply can't fathom that Russell would take his own life - she says he was "warm and personable" and "loved his children to a fault" - and believes his financial struggles left him open to a "set up."
"No one is accusing Bravo," Hotchkiss clarifies to Us Weekly. "We think someone conspired to have him murdered and it is open as to who did it."Russell's mother hasn't shied away from the spotlight since her son's death, explaining in an interview soon after the tragedy that Armstrong was petrified of his portrayal on season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Does she blame the program for what happened? No, but if Taylor and Russell had never been on it, "I honestly believe in the bottom of my heart they would still be together," she said of the "emotionally brutal show."
And she does blame Bravo for airing Monday's premiere: "[It] was a total slap in the face. It just showed how superficial and shallow [Bravo] is... they don't care about anyone. They just care about ratings."