Fast Cars, Armani Suits, Pretty Women: How the 'Billionaire Boys Club' Led to Murder
Thirty years ago, Joe Hunt was convicted of a glitzy, greedy murder
They were crimes that summed up all the worst qualities of the 1980s – greed, decadence and excess.
In the mid-1980s, Joe Hunt was a handsome, charismatic young man. He, along with several other men, organized the Billionaire Boys Club, a social and investment group. There were sports cars, Armani suits and pretty women. There was just one big problem: the Billionaire Boys Club was just one huge Ponzi scheme.
When the money ran out, investors grew angry. A desperate Hunt turned to murder, killing two wealthy men in a futile attempt to steal their money.
It all fell apart when investigators found a key piece of evidence at the scene of one of the murders: a 7-page “to do list” that explicitly laid out the entire plan.
The crime would later inspire The Menendez Brothers to kill their parents.
Key Players Speak Out
Saturday night’s episode of Murder Made Me Famous focuses on the shocking crime, interviewing the lead detective and defense attorney for the case.
Detective Les Zoeller talks about the to-do list left at the scene of the murder of investor Ron Levin.
“I pulled out the copy of these seven pages of to-do,” Zoeller says on the show. “I put it in front of him and I said, ‘What can you tell me about this?’ And Joe Hunt, who had been very cocky through the interview, now was silent.”
A jury quickly sentenced Hunt to life in prison, which came as no surprise to his defense attorney, Arthur Barens.
“I think the jury really disliked Mr. Hunt,” says Barens. “I think they disliked him severely, and I think they gave him life imprisonment so that he’d have to live with himself the rest of his life, and think about what he had done and how he put himself in that position.”
“Even if I had thought a client of mine had done a heinous crime, I could still be friends with him, so to speak,” continues Barens. “I was never friends with Joe Hunt.”
Murder Made Me Famous combines reenactments, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos and video to tell the story of infamous murderers. The show is hosted by PEOPLE Senior Writer Steve Helling.
The Billionaire Boys Club episode airs Saturday (9 p.m. ET) on the Reelz Channel.