By Edward Humes
Bill Leasure was once one of the least bold officials ever to put on the badge for the l. a. Police division. He was once content material to paintings the site visitors beat and purely infrequently gave out tickets.
He additionally ran scams that netted him numerous riches, from stealing yachts to accumulating weapons and autos. And he additional enriched himself developing a murder-for-hire ring. used to be he in it for the thrills? was once he a cop enjoying either side of the legislation for the thrill of it? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes explores the lies and psychopathy that enabled invoice Leasure to idiot even the main savvy of urban prosecutors, his personal spouse.
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This could net a forty percent profit, Jim,” Leasure said, turning the page around for him to see. “All I need are some investors to come up with $500,000. You interested? ” The sergeant couldn’t tell at first if Leasure was serious or not. Berg considered himself a wheeler-dealer in his own right—always making a few extra bucks at the swaps, opening up his own woodcutting business—but Leasure was talking about international trade and military liaisons, as if he had been moving through such waters all his life.
Very imaginative for a junkie, but not exactly the sort of information that inspires faith in a snitch’s credibility. Basically, the police in Long Beach had a policy of believing about every other sentence Jerry uttered—and only after corroborating every bit they could. Still, the story he spun about boat thefts, murders, and other crimes involving his brother Dennis and a traffic cop named Bill, incredible as it sounded, probably needed checking out. The Long Beach cops decided to pass the story—and Jerry France—on to LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division.
I took other police officers on the boats. That’s not the way a guilty man acts. 7 The arrest did not go as planned. As the police questioned Mrs. Gray, she grew confused about where Kuns and Leasure might be headed after lunch. A. right after eating. The SWAT team, the helicopter, and most of the policemen who initially set up an ambush at the marina then raced off to the Oakland Airport, incorrectly assuming that the crew of the La Vita was about to elude arrest by taking to the air. By the time Sergeant Godwin found the gun and duffel bags on board the yacht—sure evidence that the crew would return to the La Vita—it was too late to recall the troops in time.