May 12, 1987 |
The penalty phase in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt--in which jurors will recommend either death or life in prison without parole for the former boy tycoon--began Monday with the defense arguing that sending Hunt to the gas chamber would be unfair because his victim's body has never been found.
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June 11, 1991 |
City Councilman Joe Hunt, who last week announced plans to resign as soon as a replacement is found, changed his mind Monday night and walked out of the council meeting, vowing never to return. "I am physically and mentally weary," said Hunt, who represents District 5. "I'm just plain burned out."
April 21, 1996 |
Randall Sullivan's monumental (in every sense) book about Joe Hunt and the Billionaire Boys Club is full of excellent ironies. One of my favorites is that in May of 1984, both the world class con artist Ron Levin and Jim Pittman (a.k.a. Graham), the former security guard who later admitted on "A Current Affair" but not in court that he shot Levin in the head, were both driving around Los Angeles in Rolls-Royces obtained under suspicious circumstances.
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November 2, 1986 |
They were hardly errand lists, the yellow legal pad pages that turned up in Ron Levin's Beverly Hills duplex two months after his disappearance. On the top sheet, below the heading, "At Levin's TO DO," were listed 15 numbered items: "close blinds, scan for tape recorder, tape mouth, handcuff, put gloves on, explain situation, kill dog." The lists puzzled Levin's stepfather, who found and gave them to Beverly Hills detectives during a search of the apartment, he would later testify.
July 13, 1987 |
Judd Nelson has agreed to star in an NBC-TV miniseries next season, "The Billionaire Boys Club," his agent said. Nelson will play Joe Hunt, the convicted killer who led the group of wealthy young Southern Californians who had dreams of making millions by pooling their investments. Hunt was sentenced last week to life without parole for killing Ronald Levin, who had tricked him into thinking that Levin had parlayed a $5-million investment into $13 million.
February 11, 1987
Many who knew Ron Levin considered him a shady if entertaining con man, but his mother testified in the trial of one of the men accused of murdering him that he was a devoted son who telephoned at least once a week and showered her with flowers, gifts and love notes.