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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1987 |
The star prosecution witness in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt recounted in grisly detail Wednesday how he helped plan the 1984 slaying of Beverly Hills businessman Ron Levin and how Hunt allegedly carried it out. Testifying in a monotone punctuated by occasional sighs, former BBC member Dean Karny said Hunt woke him early on June 7, 1984, waving a check for $1.5 million signed by Levin and saying "that he had done it; that Ron was dead."
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.