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March 11, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The flamboyant former Highway Patrol officer killed in ambush at the gate of his Brea hilltop home tried to buy the notorious Mustang Club topless bar in Santa Ana before its operator was also killed in a gangland-style shooting 2 years ago, a confidential informant told authorities.
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August 23, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were the odd couple of the strip club world--the brawny enforcer who ruled with his fists and the brainy executive, nearly a foot shorter, who handled the books. Horace McKenna and Michael Woods ran a chain of Los Angeles County strip clubs for more than a decade, until one night in 1989, when their partnership ended with machine-gun fire.
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NEWS
March 12, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
Horace Joseph McKenna was a man hooked on power and wealth, a hulking body builder who used his size to intimidate and impress--a former cop turned bad. McKenna--a 46-year-old felon with purported ties to prostitution, gambling, narcotics, counterfeiting and topless bars--was gunned down Thursday while he slept in the back seat of his limousine as it pulled up to the gate of his isolated ranch estate in Brea's Carbon Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of the accused masterminds in the 1989 machine-gun slaying of a flamboyant Brea strip club owner has cut a deal with prosecutors in which he will become a star prosecution witness in a trial to start next week. David Amos will receive a reduced sentence for his testimony against Michael Woods, the man who police say ordered the club owner's killing. Authorities allege that Woods wanted Horace "Big Mac" McKenna dead so he could take over his Los Angeles County strip club empire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
With his casket draped in the American flag--and later with flowers provided by off-duty exotic dancers--reputed Los Angeles vice lord Horace Joseph McKenna was laid to rest Tuesday after a memorial service in which a Catholic priest admonished, "Judgment is not mine, judgment is not yours." More than 250 people attended services for "Big Mac"--a man who attracted little public notice until his mob-style murder Thursday. They were an unusual mix.
NEWS
March 10, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Many residents of Brea's Carbon Canyon are private and reclusive, preferring a remote corner of Orange County where gates and call boxes guard the entrances to sprawling, ranch-style estates. So it was with considerable alarm Thursday that residents awakened to find police cars and TV news vans camped outside the gated entrance to a neighbor's estate at 6200 Carbon Canyon Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The former highway patrolman slain in his limousine at his remote Orange County home Thursday was selected for prosecution two years ago as the "first target" in a new program by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to build cases against "full-time criminals." Capt. Edmund M.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
The son of a bodybuilder-businessman who was slain in a gangland style ambush Thursday said Sunday that his father was "a little flamboyant" but far from the portrait painted of him as a shady businessman who lived extravagantly. "The man I knew and the man the family knew was a man who liked to joke around a lot, he was really nice," Michael McKenna, 23, said in an interview on his father's $825,000 estate in Brea.
NEWS
March 10, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
Horace Joseph McKenna was a man hooked on power and wealth, a hulking body builder who used his size to intimidate and impress. He was a former law enforcement officer turned bad. McKenna was 46 years old when he was gunned down Thursday while he slept in the back seat of his limousine as it pulled up to the gate of his isolated estate in Brea's Carbon Canyon. So far police have no suspects in the murder and only one witness: the chauffeur behind the wheel when McKenna met his assassins.
NEWS
March 10, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writers
A former California Highway Patrol officer, under investigation for tax fraud in connection with four Los Angeles nude and topless bars, was killed in a hail of gunfire early Thursday as he arrived at the gate of his remote Orange County home in his chauffeured limousine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
With his casket draped in the American flag--and later with flowers provided by off-duty exotic dancers--reputed Los Angeles vice lord Horace Joseph McKenna was laid to rest Tuesday after a memorial service in which a Catholic priest admonished, "Judgment is not mine, judgment is not yours." More than 250 people attended services for "Big Mac"--a man who attracted little public notice until his mob-style murder Thursday. They were an unusual mix.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
The son of a bodybuilder-businessman who was slain in a gangland style ambush Thursday said Sunday that his father was "a little flamboyant" but far from the portrait painted of him as a shady businessman who lived extravagantly. "The man I knew and the man the family knew was a man who liked to joke around a lot, he was really nice," Michael McKenna, 23, said in an interview on his father's $825,000 estate in Brea.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Big Mac is dead, but at the Bare Elegance, life goes on without so much as a moment of silence. The husky doorman takes your $8, and the bartender charges $3.50 for a weak orange juice. If you place a dollar on the rail, the dancers linger and flirt a moment longer before moving on to the next guy. Some dancers wear black--teddies, garters and such--but the effect is not one of mourning.
NEWS
March 12, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
Horace Joseph McKenna was a man hooked on power and wealth, a hulking body builder who used his size to intimidate and impress--a former cop turned bad. McKenna--a 46-year-old felon with purported ties to prostitution, gambling, narcotics, counterfeiting and topless bars--was gunned down Thursday while he slept in the back seat of his limousine as it pulled up to the gate of his isolated ranch estate in Brea's Carbon Canyon.
NEWS
March 10, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writers
A former California Highway Patrol officer under investigation for tax fraud in connection with the operation of several Los Angeles nude and topless bars was killed in a hail of gunfire early Thursday as he arrived at the gate of his remote Brea home in a chauffeured limousine. Horace Joseph McKenna, 46, a body builder whose sprawling $825,000 estate reportedly was guarded at times by men with machine guns, died instantly in the gangland-style ambush at 12:30 a.m., police said.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Big Mac is dead, but at the Bare Elegance, life goes on without so much as a moment of silence. The husky doorman takes your $8, and the bartender charges $3.50 for a weak orange juice. If you place a dollar on the rail, the dancers linger and flirt a moment longer before moving on to the next guy. Some dancers wear black--teddies, garters and such--but the effect is not one of mourning.
NEWS
March 11, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The flamboyant former Highway Patrol officer killed in ambush at the gate of his Brea hilltop home tried to buy the notorious Mustang Club topless bar in Santa Ana before its operator was also killed in a gangland-style shooting 2 years ago, a confidential informant told authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The former highway patrolman slain in his limousine at his remote Orange County home Thursday was selected for prosecution two years ago as the "first target" in a new program by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to build cases against "full-time criminals." Capt. Edmund M.
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