LOS ANGELES TIMES
Dead or Alive?
Billionaire Boys Club founder, convicted of murder, contends victim is still living. Prosecutors doubt witnesses’ accounts.
July 12, 1996
Ron Levin is dead. Or maybe he’s not.
Joe Hunt helped kill him and then buried the body in the Angeles National Forest.
Or maybe he didn’t and, like Elvis, Levin keeps turning up: at a funeral, driving a car through Brentwood, even relaxing in a taverna on a trendy Greek island.
Levin’s body has never been found.
And therein lies the riddle that has dominated a reprise of the Billionaire Boys Club saga–the drama that riveted Los Angeles in the 1980s and played out again over recent months at the Criminal Courts Building.
Is Levin really dead? Or has Levin, a skilled con artist, staged his own disappearance and pulled the ultimate con?
Hunt, the charismatic leader of the club and himself a man who’s been described as a con of some renown, was convicted nine years ago of murder. Since March, he and his lawyers have been back in court, arguing that he deserves a new trial, mostly on grounds that Levin is alive and well.
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