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July 23, 1991 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years after the bullet-riddled body of New York impresario Roy Radin was found in a dry creek bed near Gorman, a jury Monday found onetime drug dealer and would-be Hollywood deal-maker Karen Greenberger and three bodyguards guilty of murder and kidnaping in what became known as the "Cotton Club" murder. Greenberger, 43, and Robert Lowe, 44, were convicted of second-degree murder and kidnaping, requiring an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole.
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February 8, 1992 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karen (Lanie) Greenberger, convicted of kidnaping and second-degree murder in the so-called "Cotton Club" killing of theatrical entrepreneur Roy Radin, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe rejected defense motions that would have allowed for parole, saying that the silver-haired former drug dealer acted with "sophistication" and "premeditation" in planning the 1983 abduction that led to Radin's death.
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July 15, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Roy Radin's disappearance, film producer Bob Evans, believing he was Jacob's next target, traveled to Las Vegas to seek help from two friends who he thought were connected to the Mob, as author Steve Wick reports in this excerpt from the book "Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder."
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December 5, 1991
One of two convicted triggermen in the "Cotton Club" slaying of New York impresario Roy Radin in May, 1983, was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe rejected Alex Marti's request for a new trial, which the defendant based on what he claimed were more than four dozen errors committed during the proceeding. "So I guess probation's out of the question, huh?"
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July 13, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
The prospect of a partnership between Roy Radin and producer Bob Evans enraged the woman who introduced them. Laney Jacobs wanted in on the deal to produce "The Cotton Club," which she felt she had put together. She also accused Radin of having knowledge of a $1-million cocaine theft from her garage, where she stored the powder before distribution.
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July 9, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
International cocaine trafficking . . . contract murder plots . . . high-life courtesans, low-life prostitutes . . . chauffeurs, limos, porno, mob muscle and money. Lots of money. High-concept movie pitching? No. Real-life trouble for the co-producer of "The Two Jakes" and former Hollywood Wunderkind Robert Evans.
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July 12, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Playboy centerfold Melonie Haller was assaulted at Roy Radin's Southampton, N.Y., beachfront home, Radin moved to the West Coast in hopes of starting over. There he met Karen (Laney) Jacobs, an aspiring producer who offered to introduce him to a man who could make his dream of a Cotton Club musical a reality.
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October 5, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
The breakthrough in the investigation of the 5-year-old murder of theatrical producer Roy A. Radin came when sheriff's investigators located a former supervisor of four men who are charged with the crime, investigators' records show. The supervisor told authorities that at least two of the men, who had worked under him as security guards for sex magazine publisher Larry Flynt, had admitted their involvement in Radin's 1983 murder.
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October 27, 1988 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt allegedly paid a flamboyant soldier of fortune $1 million to kill singer Frank Sinatra, Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner and two other celebrities, authorities disclosed Wednesday. The November, 1983, plot was immediately canceled, however, when Flynt's business manager stopped payment on the check Flynt had written to the proposed hit man, who had once worked for him as a security guard, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said.
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February 8, 1992 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karen (Lanie) Greenberger, convicted of kidnaping and second-degree murder in the so-called "Cotton Club" killing of theatrical entrepreneur Roy Radin, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe rejected defense motions that would have allowed for parole, saying that the silver-haired former drug dealer acted with "sophistication" and "premeditation" in planning the 1983 abduction that led to Radin's death.
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October 19, 1991 | RICH CONNELL and ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rejecting the death penalty, a jury Friday called for two men convicted of the 1983 "Cotton Club" killing of theatrical entrepreneur Roy Radin to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The panel's recommendation ended the monthlong penalty phase of the Superior Court trial of Alex Marti, 30, of Sherman Oaks and William Mentzer, 42, of Canoga Park, both former bodyguards for Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.
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September 17, 1991
The triggermen in the "Cotton Club" murder of would-be movie mogul Roy Radin were described Monday as veterans of Los Angeles' criminal underbelly, with resumes that stretched from strong-arm debt collection to the murder of a flamboyant prostitute.
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August 2, 1991
One of two hired killers convicted in the "Cotton Club" murder case won a bid in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday to represent himself in the penalty phase of the trial and indicated he would prefer to die in the gas chamber rather than spend his life behind bars. The defendant, Alex Marti, had filed a motion seeking to defend himself in the penalty phase even before the trial began last fall. But the motion was denied at that time.
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July 23, 1991 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years after the bullet-riddled body of New York impresario Roy Radin was found in a dry creek bed near Gorman, a jury Monday found onetime drug dealer and would-be Hollywood deal-maker Karen Greenberger and three bodyguards guilty of murder and kidnaping in what became known as the "Cotton Club" murder. Greenberger, 43, and Robert Lowe, 44, were convicted of second-degree murder and kidnaping, requiring an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole.
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July 20, 1991
Verdicts in the "Cotton Club" murder trial were turned in Friday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, but will not be disclosed until next week. The sealed verdict forms will be opened when Judge Curtis Rappe returns to court Monday, prosecution spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.
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April 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Movie producer Robert Evans was not involved in the murder of a New York theatrical producer, Evans' former lover testified Friday in the "Cotton Club" murder trial. Karen Delayne (Laynie) Greenberger, accused in the 1983 murder of Roy Radin, also told jurors she believed her own life had been saved on the night Radin was slain. "Mr. Radin had a gun and intended to kill me," she said. "That's what (co-defendant William Mentzer) told me the next morning."
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July 11, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
The killing of theater impresario Roy Radin in June, 1983, was originally considered just another unsolved homicide case. But investigators soon uncovered a complex trail of drugs, corruption and dizzying amounts of cash. In Southern California, the country near the town of Gorman is remarkably rugged. There are ravines and gullies where the terrain is steep and irregular, rising and falling sharply.
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October 28, 1988 | From Associated Press
The attorney for Hustler publisher Larry Flynt said Thursday that a $1-million check that Flynt gave a soldier of fortune was a joke and that a story that it was payment for killing Frank Sinatra and three publishers was concocted later. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say Flynt allegedly wrote the check on Nov. 14, 1983, to Mitchell Livingston WerBell III for the slaying of Sinatra, Playboy publisher Hugh M.
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August 28, 1990
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of four people accused of killing producer Roy Radin in a dispute over financing for the movie "The Cotton Club." Karen De Layne Greenberger, 43, is accused of hiring William Mentzer, 40; Robert Ulmer Lowe, 43; and Alex Marti, 30, to kill Radin, a New York theatrical producer, in 1983. The trial is expected to last four to nine months. Jury selection before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe is expected to take several days.
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August 25, 1990
A reputed hit man in the "Cotton Club" murder case told a judge Friday that if convicted at his upcoming trial, he plans to ask jurors to recommend the death penalty for him. The reputed hired killer, Alex Marti, 30, asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe for permission to act as his own attorney at his trial, which is scheduled to begin next week. The motion was denied.
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