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Series Of Violent Deaths Plague West Hollywood Apartment Building

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Gay West Hollywood is freaking out right now about repeated violent deaths at a building in the heart of town.

It’s all going down at 939 Palm Ave., a blocky-looking building that looks sort of like a prison built to trendy architecture standards of the 1970s. “Palm Villas,” it’s called, and so far it’s claimed two lives and several more injuries in just the last few days.

The first tragedy happened on March 29. Deputies showed up to conduct a “welfare check” on a guy who lived at the building. On arrival, they discovered the guy’s boyfriend dead of stab wounds. The man they were checking on was hiding in a bathroom after taking a large amount of pills. He’s been taken into custody.

The victim was a brilliant doctor in his mid-30s. The whole thing is just awful, awful, awful.

And the latest death happened last night. Locals noticed a swarm of helicopters and police vehicles, and when the dust cleared the story came out: someone reported a knife fight at the building, police responded and encountered a man behaving violently, and they shot and killed him. Inside the building, they found an ongoing fight, a knife, and a stabbing victim who apparently has not died.

So what’s going on here? One online commenter claims that the building is an infamous meth den, but we all know how much credibility online comments are worth. We’ll keep an eye on the situation and update when we have more actual facts. You know, like reporters do.

Coincidentally, underwear hunk/designer/activist Colby Melvin lives in that building, and slept through everything.

On:           Apr 8, 2014
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    • jezuzchrist

      Oh no! Maybe they should move somewhere safer like Honduras, where of a population of 8 million people, there are over 20 people killed there every day, It now has the highest murder rate in the world. Maybe you should do a real story about that Queerty.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne

      Queerty doesn’t think the “meth den” lead is credible, but reports it anyway. LOL.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jezuzchrist

      @HirsuteOne: My friend overheard someone say that some of the apartments are being used as marijuana grow houses. Go figure.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

      @jezuzchrist: Dude, I am growing Marijuana, as from 1959, I am 66 have six children. Degree in Behavioral, and still smokes.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      @Mezaien: TEN percent of the people who smoke marijuana develop psychosis and/or paranoia. And the psychosis may never go away, requiring the person to take medication for the rest of his/her life. You are one of the lucky 90%.

      Drugs are many times very entertaining and fun and wonderful. But there are serious dangers involved.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      Drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, hallucinogens, etc. are a trigger for mental imbalance on those who have a genetic predisposition for it.

      Apr 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley

      @Billy Budd: GOD made pot. Man made beer. Who do you trust.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      @Harley: I don’t believe in Him. LOL

      Apr 9, 2014 at 6:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fang

      @Billy Budd: Where’d you find your stats? Government reporting on marijuana is at best shoddy, at worst deceiving. There are minimal independent studies because the government doesn’t really give independent researchers permission to study marijuana since it’s a class A drug….

      Apr 9, 2014 at 7:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      From scientific, peer reviewed papers on Psychiatry. Please read this example:


      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      @Fang: Look, dear Fang, the argument in favor of decriminalization of drugs is NOT that drugs are not harmful. The argument is that it is impossible and innefective and expensive and an incentive to crime to prohibit it.

      I am totally favorable to decriminalization of lightweight drugs such as marijuana. But that doesn’t make them healthy.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover

      @Billy Budd: If you’re in favor of decriminalizing “lightweight drugs such as marijuana,” what in your opinion are the other “lightweight drugs”?

      And how come, just a few comments ago, you lumped in marijuana with the heavyweight drugs such as “methamphetamine [!], cocaine, hallucinogens, etc.”? (I’m surprised you left out heroin!) You can’t have it both ways. Frankly you sound demented, or stoned.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      @Ben Dover: Calm down, Ben.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain Obvious

      After living in a place as seedy and ridiculous as Los Angeles(and West Hollywood for a year) I can safely say nothing that happens there is newsworthy or as dramatic as the morons who live in those places try to make them out to be.

      They think everything is a big production about their amazing lives. Not like they really care about the other people around them, they’re living a dream, and it’s always action packed.

      Nothing is plaguing that apartment building other than the typical drama queens that reside in Los Angeles hoping to achieve fame and fortune for no reason based on zero talent.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SFHandyman

      If you are coming onto this story late, I’ll catch you up. The guy who was shot was one of the victims. 2 residents and their friend were in the apartment. A guy broke into the apartment stabbed the two residents. Cops came and pounded on the door. Door flies open and bloody victim runs out with his friend following. The cops thought the friend might be the knifer so they shot 3 shots at him. One hit him and killed him, one missed, one hit the bloody victim. The innocent guy the cops killed was a producer for tosh.0.

      So cops killed an unarmed guy and shot a bloody victim in the leg.

      Apr 12, 2014 at 5:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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