Murder in West Hollywood

If you saw the film Pacific Heights, you know it’s pretty hard to evict someone in California.  Here in West Hollywood, a prominent political activist and donor wasn’t evicted when a random person died in his apartment.  He also wasn’t evicted after a second suspicious death in that same apartment.  Everything changed when a third person nearly died in the apartment.  If you don’t know the story of Ed Buck, it’s a doozy.  In 2017, someone died of an overdose in his apartment during a sexual tryst.  But this is West Hollywood, so most people didn’t bat an eye.  When an eerily similar incident occurred 18 months later, many saw a pattern.  Both victims were black men who overdosed on methamphetamine.  But the police said insufficient evidence.  When a third African-American man survived a similar scenario a month ago, Buck was arrested and charged with three counts of battery and allegedly injecting the third victim with methamphetamine.  He also was charged with operating a “drug den” in his apartment, which is probably against the rules of his lease.  The eviction paperwork was filed last week.

I did a bit more digging.  The third victim says he went to Buck’s apartment on September 4th and was given a large dose of methamphetamine.  When he thought he might be overdosing, he left to seek medical attention.  But a week later, he returned and was given TWO doses of methamphetamine.  I don’t want to be one of those people who blame the victim, but come on!  I don’t care if you’re a junkie, I don’t care if you’re with the hottest guy in the world, and I even don’t care if you’re getting paid.  If you think you are being overdosed and leave, don’t go back.

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