Actual Property Inheritor Robert Durst Convicted Of Execution-Fashion Homicide Of Good friend

Hudson Valley native Robert Durst, the nationally renowned New York real estate heir, was convicted of execution-style murder of a close confidante more than two decades ago.

The verdict relates to the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, who was found dead in her Beverly Hills home, Los Angeles.

She was a friend of Durst, who, prosecutors said, helped cover up the 1982 New York disappearance of his wife, Kathie, in the Northwest Chester hamlet of South Salem in the city of Lewisboro.

Prosecutors alleged Durst confided in Berman that he killed Kathie Durst and then worried that Berman would convict him, prompting him to kill her.

Durst, now 78 years old and in a wheelchair, said he never saw or heard his wife again after seeing her on the platform near their home on January 31, 1982, despite telling investigators he was she had called and spoken to her meanwhile; she was at the couple’s Manhattan apartment.

“That was a lie,” said Durst. “I wanted to convince him that Kathie had come back.”

Now convicted of first-degree murder, Durst faces life imprisonment.

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Prince George’s County man convicted in ‘execution type’ homicide in White Oak

A County of Prince George Man who shot two victims during a marijuana deal white oak was sentenced today.

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A jury in Montgomery County found 22-year-old Andy Panton guilty of double first degree murders in the shootings of 23-year-old Jordan Radway of Laurel and 24-year-old Christian Roberts of Silver Spring.

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Panton faces two life sentences in a row.

The Montgomery County Police Department began investigations when Radway and Roberts were found in a car accident in the 11600 block of Stewart Lane.

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Investigators say Radway and Roberts met with a man named Dontaye Hunt and Panton.

Hunt was arrested shortly after homicides. He told police that the couple intended to rob the men, but they had no intention of killing them.

Although Hunt refused to identify the killer, police eventually found that Panton pulled the trigger.

Anthony Calabro Plots Homicide Of Marina Calabro For Cash With Pals

An elderly woman falls down a flight of stairs and dies. It could easily be an accident … but what if it doesn’t? What if it was premeditated murder instead?

On December 19, 2001, shortly before midnight, an emergency call reported that the 84-year-old Marina Calabro had died in her three-story family home in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The police arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later. Marina, a retired hairdresser who has been described as “nimble” and independent despite her age, was lying dead next to a garbage bag at the foot of a staircase. She had multiple bruises and cuts on her head. Blood had collected around her face.

Officials argued that Marina, who never married or had children, may have slipped and fallen while taking out the trash.

Her body was found by Anthony Calabro, the victim’s 19-year-old great-nephew, who lived in the house. He and a friend, Thomas Lally, 21, had returned home after the day and discovered Marina.

When asked separately by authorities, the young men’s stories matched but were not so consistent as to appear “made up,” said Chief Paul Keenan, former Quincy Police Department investigator “Accident, suicide or murder” ventilation Saturdays at the 7 / 6c on oxygen.

An autopsy was performed to rule out any suspicion that Marina’s body had been staged. It turned out that Marina died around 3 p.m. and that the cause of death was blunt trauma.

However, investigators were not convinced that the death was an accident. They looked for people closest to the victim, starting with Anthony Calabro, whom his great-aunt had generously welcomed.

Officials learned that Lally and Jason Weir, another of Anthony’s looser pals, had become integral parts of the Calabro house. The three rudderless friends shared a love of heavy metal. Keenan compared them to “inappropriate toys”.

Even after her death, Marina took care of her great-nephew according to “Accident, Suicide or Murder”. Anthony, along with his father, was the greatest benefactor of their estate. That included her $ 500,000 home.

Authorities have dug deep into Calabro’s family dynamics to see if the cravings for money could have anything to do with Marina’s death. They also examined how Anthony spent his inheritance. They found that he was reckless with alcohol, a sports car, band equipment, and gifts. He essentially turned his part of the family home into a fraternity house. A family friend said that Marina “would have a heart attack” when she saw what had become of her home.

Then, on October 13, 2002, an unexpected groundbreaking lead came from Anthony’s friend: Jim Morelwho had come with his father to discuss Marina’s death.

Morel said Weir mentioned casually that Marina didn’t die alone. He went on to tell investigators that Weir said Lally beat Marina to death. When he spoke to the authorities, he realized he could become a suspect, Morel told the producers, so he “Offered to carry a wire” so the guilty were brought to justice.

A plan has been set in motion to capture Weir on tape. During a drive with Weir, Morel brought up the subject of marina. Weir said Anthony left him and Lally alone to carry out the cold-blooded plan of attack. He claimed Lally hit Marina with a yellow teapot and pan while Anthony waited outside as a lookout.

Then they carefully staged the corpse, using tips they’d gathered from watching TV shows about real crime. The murder weapons were disposed of in a wooded area near Meadowbrook Pond.

Weir told Morel that he and Lally were promised $ 30,000 for their involvement in the crime. He said Anthony, impatient that his great-aunt was going to die sooner or later, however, has only made less than $ 7,000 since then.

With the recorded conversation, the investigators now had three main suspects. Knowing that recovery of the murder weapons would be vital in the case, they conducted a search of Meadowbrook Pond on October 18, 2002. When the search was unsuccessful, the authorities asked if Weir had told the truth about the whereabouts of the weapons.

However, a week after the pond area was searched, prosecutors found the detectives still had enough to charge Anthony Calabro, Weir and Lally with Marina’s murder.

After his arrest, Weir spoke about the crime, investigators said “accident, suicide or murder”. Repeating the story he told Morel, he found that Anthony had the most to gain financially. However, after Lally was arrested, he informed authorities that Weir was the assailant in the murder.

Detectives still had to recover the murder weapons. On November 8, 2002, Meadowbrook Pond was drained and the teapot and pan were finally salvaged. However, the elements had destroyed all forensic evidence.

Authorities considered the murder to be premeditated and planned by Anthony, who had most to gain from the death of his great-aunt. They believed that Lally had committed the murder and Weir was present at the time to stage the corpse. For his cooperation and testimony, Weir worked out a deal: seven years behind bars as an accessory to murder.

In March 2006 the trial of Lally began, who turned the tables against the prosecutors. In court, Lally said that all of the atrocities Weir alleged he committed were actually committed by Weir, according to “Accident, Suicide or Murder”. But after five hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict. Lally was finally Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

In June 2006, Anthony Calabro pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with the possibility of probation in 15 years.

Jason Weir was released from prison in 2009, according to producers. Anthony Calabro is available for parole in September 2021. Thomas Lally will spend the rest of his life imprisoned.

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Goal CEO Brian Cornell says George Floyd’s homicide pushed him to take motion

Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Target Corporation.

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When George Floyd was killed a year ago aim CEO Brian Cornell said he was rocked by the murder. He was concerned that it had happened so close to the company’s headquarters in his hometown.

“It could have been one of my Target team members,” he said, sharing his thoughts as he watched the video of Floyd taking his final breaths.

Cornell drew the curtain back on Tuesday on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s response to the murder and how it was led to step up its own corporate diversity and equity efforts. He spoke to in an extensive interview Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon, which was hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago. The event, which was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, was postponed before the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on the same day. Chauvin was found guilty in all three cases in the Floyd assassination.

As a young boy, Cornell grew up in a diverse neighborhood in Queens, New York and was raised by a single mother. As an adult, he and his family lived in Asia and Europe. These personal experiences inspired his respect for women as leaders and the importance of cultural diversity, he said.

Still, he said Floyd’s murder stood apart and forced him to do more.

“I realize that it is time to take it to another level and that we as CEOs need to be the leaders of the diversity and inclusion company,” he said. “We have to be the role models driving change and our voice is important. And we have to make sure that we represent our company principles, our values ​​and our corporate purpose in the topics that are important to our teams.”

In May of last year, in the days that followed, Cornell said Target had put together a special committee to review what steps the company could take to make its workforce, C-suite and business practices better reflect the diversity of the country. He said Target has considered how it can support and promote black workers, play a role in communities, and “use our voice at the national level in influencing citizen debates and policies.”

The goal is one of many companies that have committed to do more to promote racial justice After Floyd’s murder, protests erupted in major cities and around the world. Among its commitments, the big box retailer said it would increase the representation of black employees over the workforce by 20% in the next year. The company has developed a new program that allows black entrepreneurs to develop, test, and scale products to sell at mass retailers like Target. And it promised Spend more than $ 2 billion on black-owned businesses by 2025, from construction companies building or remodeling stores to advertising companies promoting their brand.

Cornell noted the diversity of Target’s 350,000+ employees, including the board of directors and the executive team. More than half of its 1,900 or so businesses are run by female directors and over a third by black people, Cornell said.

He said he wanted the retailer to be a leader and was particularly aware during the trial last week that “the eyes of America and the eyes of the world were on Minneapolis”.

“For so many of us, this judgment was a sign of progress, a sign of accountability, but also an acknowledgment that the work is just beginning,” he said.

Homicide, Kidnapping, Drug Trafficking and Cash Laundering: Right here’s How Hawai‘i’s Crime Scene is Altering

 

Illustration: James Nakamura

 

 

Dozens of federal agents swarmed a modest suburban Kailua house before dawn in mid-July, armed with search warrants aimed at a local businessman with a decadeslong reputation for trouble. The operation ended with Michael Miske Jr. behind bars and the U.S. Attorney’s office unveiling an indictment detailing 22 charges against Miske and 10 of his associates. The documents allege the 46-year-old O‘ahu man led an organized crime ring dubbed “the Miske enterprise” which resemble a movie script about murder, murder for hire, kidnapping, drug trafficking, chemical weapons attacks and more.

 

U.S. Attorney Kenji Price declared: “These arrests are part of a sprawling federal investigation into the activities of an organized crime group that has wreaked havoc in our communities for years.” Price said the charges send a message that “no one in Hawai‘i is above the law.”

 

Miske has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Tommy Otake, says: “Mr. Miske is not involved in organized crime, and is surely not the leader of it. He is a successful businessman who has been ruined by these false allegations.” Otake describes the U.S. Attorney’s case as “a false narrative that makes for good TV, but it’s not based in reality.” He says Hollywood “has glorified organized crime in countless movies, and because of that, the public is always interested in a good organized crime story.”

 

SEE ALSO: Crime Watch: What’s With All the Brazen Attacks in Honolulu the Past Year?

 

Indeed, the charges made for the splashiest organized crime story in years, with allegations so intriguing the case knocked COVID-19 out of the top spot in local news headlines for the first time in months. But, even before the current lengthy investigation coordinated by multiple agencies, Miske and his associates had been under scrutiny for years. Honolulu Deputy Police Chief John McCarthy says Miske was “nothing but a street-level drug dealer in Kailua until he started making more and more money.” Now he owns a multimillion-dollar home overlooking Spitting Cave in Portlock. And Miske is also alleged to have paid $217,000 in cash as a down payment for a 2017 Ferrari Berlinetta with money transferred from his Kama‘āina Termite Pest & Control business.

 

McCarthy—who has been in law enforcement for 44 years with a career that’s taken him from Chinatown foot patrol to organized crime probes, including a stint with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration—says Miske went into “extortion, theft, kidnapping, the murder. He threw money around to get what he wanted. He kind of fancied himself after [New York crime boss] John Gotti, the Teflon Don, because he would pay off prospective witnesses,” McCarthy says.

 

 

 

What’s next? For Miske, jury selection and trial are set for Sept. 13, 2021, before federal Judge Derrick K. Watson in Honolulu District Court.

 

 

 

Rumors that Miske was a crime boss had spread through the community to his mainstream companies, including the termite company where he was headquartered, according to federal documents. A federal motion to hold him without bail says: “Nothing demonstrates Miske’s penchant for violence more than his meticulously planned and premeditated abduction, kidnapping and murder of Johnathan Fraser in July 2016,” motivated by retribution for what prosecutors say was Miske’s mistaken belief that Fraser was the driver in a crash that eventually took the life of Miske’s son, Caleb-Jordan Miske-Lee.

“The kids nowadays that think they’re criminals aren’t smart enough to organize crime. They’re so driven by immediate gratification.”

— Megan Kau

 

That comes a year after a traffic stop that ties Miske to one of the most notorious cases of the decade: the public corruption conviction of disgraced former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his former deputy city prosecutor wife, Katherine, who also admitted to masterminding her own significant criminal enterprise. Katherine Kealoha pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and covering up knowledge of a drug operation that involved her doctor brother. Louis Kealoha pleaded guilty to bank fraud and filed for divorce; both are scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30. Investigation of their crimes and cover-ups reached into the Police Department and prosecutor’s office: Two HPD officers were convicted with them, and since March 2019, after the feds alerted him he was also being investigated, Honolulu city prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been on paid leave, still earning $170,000 a year.

 

Megan Kau stepped down after four years as a deputy city prosecutor when Katherine Kealoha became her supervisor in 2010. Now she is a defense attorney (running for city prosecutor when this magazine went to print) and one of her clients is fired Honolulu police Sgt. Albert Lee. Lee testified that in 2017, Katherine Kealoha called him and another officer he was supervising to tell them to back off Miske after they pulled him over for a traffic stop. “That’s when I put together the fact that Michael Miske was tied to the prosecutor’s office,” Kau says. She points to a court document filed by Kealoha saying, “I called the officers and I told them to stand down and leave Michael Miske alone.” Kealoha and Miske have denied knowing each other personally through their attorneys. (Another investigator reported that Katherine Kealoha took time off when Miske’s son died.)

 

SEE ALSO: The History of Hawai‘i From Our Files: Our Interview With Louis Kealoha 9 Years Before He and Katherine Kealoha Are Found Guilty

 

Kau describes both Miske and Katherine Kealoha as “what some might consider a sociopath, both of them,” skilled at manipulating others. Kau, 43, says she met Miske in her private practice when she worked several months for one of his companies on a civil case, then withdrew. But Kau describes Miske and Kealoha as aberrations. Kau says many of today’s wannabe crooks are too impulsive to be organized. “The kids nowadays that think they’re criminals aren’t smart enough to organize crime. They’re so driven by immediate gratification.” As for gangs, “They’re much more violent. They don’t follow rules. They’re reckless.”

 

That wasn’t the case 50 years ago, when organized crime in the Islands regularly made national news. In 1970, The New York Times wrote about “the Hawaiian Syndicate,” with disturbing details of gangland-style murders—victims tossed in a city incinerator, hacked with axes, blowtorched. State Sen. Larry Kuriyama shot to death in his ‘Aiea home’s carport at about 11 p.m. after returning from a political rally. A Honolulu eatery forced to shut down for a couple of days to sanitize after thugs ran a body through the meat grinder.

 

Community fears were so great that the state created the Hawai‘i Crime Commission in 1977, spurred by stories about contract murders, police corruption, political influence and economic domination by the syndicate. “Extreme fear of organized crime was expressed in daily conversation by government officials, by commercial workers, by news reporters, by laborers, by housewives—in short, encompassing the spectrum of society,” the commission report charged. The citizen panel and staff members eventually helped to increase penalties for gambling and extortion, and they pushed through new procedures for wiretapping and the grand jury system. They also produced a report that outlined more than 60 organized crime-related killings from 1962 to 1978.

 

Organized Crime Mike Mccarthy In The 808 Web

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 

“The Hell’s Angels used to come to Hawai‘i to hide a lot when they were wanted up on the Mainland. You go down to Puna, nobody’d find you.”

— John McCarthy

 

Today, the topic is definitely not part of everyday conversation. Yet, former U.S. Attorney and Judge Steve Alm, who is also running for Honolulu prosecutor this year, says organized crime evolved but never went away: “It’s not a small town anymore where people can feel like they can control those crimes.” In 1970, O‘ahu’s population topped 630,000. Now it is close to a million. Alm, 67, emphasizes “organized crime is always here,” but it is quieter, surfacing to the public periodically through large drug busts, moves against international gambling rings and sporadic violence such as the January 2004 midday shooting of three men in the parking lot of Pali Golf Course. More recently violence is turning up at illegal gambling houses.

 

And big bosses are rare. After the kingpins of the ’70s went to prison or died, law enforcement officials say control fractured among local and international groups and individuals. Former longtime Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle thinks fewer dramatic organized crime cases make the news these days because that tight-knit brutal culture disintegrated. Carlisle, 67, started working in the prosecuting attorney’s office as a deputy back in 1978 and headed it from 1997 to 2010. His first local organized crime assignment, however, came even earlier when he was a law student at UCLA doing legal work on the murder retrial of Hawai‘i underworld figure Wilford “Nappy” Pulawa. Pulawa was sentenced to 24 years for tax evasion for his gambling organization that netted more than $2.5 million a year, tried and acquitted for murder and linked by others to a host of violent crimes.

 

Carlisle, who’s now retired, says crimes have changed with technology, and investigative techniques have grown more sophisticated. “We don’t have those grotesquely violent people,” says Carlisle. “They were cold-hearted killers. That type of person seems to have been replaced by the people who are using drugs and doing stupid stuff like that.”

 

By the 1980s, drugs smuggled into Hawai‘i came from enough sources to resemble a travel brochure: California, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Colombia, Brazil and more. “I had a case where a member of the Chicago mafia brought a kilo of cocaine here,” McCarthy says. “The Hell’s Angels used to come to Hawai‘i to hide a lot when they were wanted up on the Mainland,” often to Maui or the Big Island. “You go down to Puna, nobody’d find you,” he adds.

 

At the same time, officials were also tracking increasing activities by the yakuza, Japanese organized crime. McCarthy remembers: “There were a couple places in Waikīkī, adult video bookstores, where you couldn’t even get in without a Japanese passport. Why? Because there was a secret room in the back where they performed live sex shows.”

 

SEE ALSO: Sour Poi Awards: Looking Back on the Best of the Worst News in Hawai‘i from 2019

 

Yakuza involvement in Hawai‘i has ebbed, but gambling, a moneymaker for Pulawa and other crime bosses, seems to be surging again.

 

“Traditionally, gambling is the bread and butter of organized crime in Hawai‘i and on the Mainland,” says former U.S. Attorney Flo Nakakuni, who served in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Hawai‘i for 32 years and headed the office under President Barack Obama. In the 1990s, many Hawai‘i folks started flying to Las Vegas for legal gambling trips, going to places that cater to Isle residents rather than frequenting local gambling houses at home. “Why should I go to some dumpy place in downtown Honolulu when I can go jump on a plane, stay in a nice hotel, gamble in a casino and actually get something out of it?” McCarthy asks. Now, recent robberies, shootings, COVID-19 quarantine violations and even virus outbreaks suggest that the illegal gaming rooms have regained some of their popularity since pandemic restrictions have made traveling more difficult. In the past few months, Honolulu police have busted gaming rooms across town, from Kalihi and Ke‘eaumoku area to a Waikīkī apartment and an ‘Aiea home. Some robberies turn deadly and police raids often lead to the confiscation of drugs and guns as well as gambling devices. As recently as mid-August, a 31-year-old man was killed in an attempted robbery of an Ala Moana area game room. The case gained even more attention when it turned out the victim had COVID-19 and officers who responded to the scene had to quarantine.

 

In September, Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group Animal Wellness Action asked the Honolulu U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate what it describes as an extensive hidden cockfighting network in the Islands, worth millions. McCarthy confirmed that cockfights still attract lucrative gambling operations with “six figures commonly bet in one day or one weekend and at a bigger weekend derby, the winner can go home with six figures.”

 

Big busts still happen, but less often. Gambling cases often take time and resources to go beyond the game-room attendant present for a bust and reach those who control and finance the operations. When Alm was U.S. Attorney, a case focused on breaking up control of O‘ahu gambling activities—including cockfighting and card and dice games—resulted in federal indictments of 32 adults and seizures of half a million dollars, two buildings on Maunakea Street, a home in Hawai‘i Kai and a 1-acre parcel on the Big Island valued at more than $2.6 million. Pivotal to the case was a Honolulu police officer who worked undercover from 1997 to 2000.

 

 

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Illegal game room across from the Kalihi-Pālama post office

 

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Outside an ‘Aiea home, used as a game room, that was raided by police in late August.

 

 

Other big-money property crimes received little public fanfare because the defendants were only loosely tied to the Islands. An international credit card scam involving hundreds of thousands of dollars surfaced in 2013. Several defendants pleaded guilty here after preying on local merchants and posting their loot on social media. McCarthy, who worked the case, says: “We could prove that the credit cards were skimmed at a restaurant in Miami, sold to the Russians, bought by this group. The cards were counterfeited and they traveled all over the United States, primarily tourism areas.” Just a year later, federal prosecution of a more than $670 million internet sports betting operation led to Kaka‘ako businessman Felix Tom. The illegal operation worked through websites registered in Costa Rica from 2005 to 2012. Tom forfeited more than $4 million in assets, including properties in Honolulu and Las Vegas as well as $118,601 in taxes owed. And, after he got caught, he helped the government prosecute others and received a six-month prison sentence.

 

Decades ago, organized crime also controlled other vice operations. But the global economy, mail, internet and other delivery services have made it easier for more factions to sell drugs and broker sex, Alm says, “which meant that organized crime lost control of drugs and prostitution.”

 

Part of why crime may seem less pervasive also reflects shrinking news operations. Over the past decade, Honolulu became a one-newspaper town and news media largely abandoned daily beat coverage of the courts in favor of case-by-case reporting. In addition, many of the people involved in the lower levels of gambling, drugs and more plead out of charges instead of going to trial. And those plea deals often reveal little publicly.

 

Also, state money dedicated to organized crime investigations has disappeared. The state Attorney General’s Office historically includes an organized crime section but it hasn’t been staffed with attorneys in recent years, prompting a bill introduced this year to allocate money for salaries.

 

While the FBI does focus on terrorism, which took center stage on Sept. 11, other priorities include espionage, cyber operations, public corruption, civil rights protection as well as white-collar and violent crime, says the bureau’s Jason White, all of which have cropped up here.

 

White, a special agent with the FBI in Honolulu for more than 20 years, says the agency aims to make a big impact with any organized crime investigation. “We just slowly chip away, build our case,” White says. “Our goal is to completely dismantle, not leave any part of the organization intact.”

 

McCarthy points to the huge amounts of money generated by illegal enterprises as usually leading to their downfall. “The weakness with all these guys, even with Miske, is always the money. You generate too much money, it’s either a tax problem or a money-laundering problem.”

 

For those skeptical of how vigorously organized crime is investigated, McCarthy sums up the scene from a veteran’s perspective: “When it comes to crime, the odds are on the crooks’ side. There’s more of them, they have more access to funds, they don’t have rules. The burden is on us, law enforcement, not them.”

 

SEE ALSO: The Crime That Changed the Islands

MISKE HISTORY

Before the federal indictment, Miske had six felony convictions for kidnapping, first-degree assault, fraudulent use of a credit card, and three counts of second-degree theft and three misdemeanor convictions.

 

In 2013, he was arrested for allegedly hitting pro football tackle Trent Williams over the head with a bottle of Champagne in the M Nightclub, where Miske was a part owner. Williams, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 320 pounds, was unable to play in the Pro Bowl because of his injuries. The case was later dismissed after Williams indicated he would not return for the trial. Mike Mutenbah, aka Mike Malone, an indicted associate, was also arrested in that incident. He’s better known in Honolulu retail as one of the founders of Defend Hawai‘i, the popular street brand that featured an image of an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Another man indicted in “the Miske enterprise” is Dae Han Moon, serving time in Arizona for the 2016 Christmas night murder of Steven Feliciano at Ala Moana Center.

 

Another memorable Miske story connects to a stunning and unusual display that appeared in a city park in East Honolulu. Thousands of lights illuminated a tree at the water’s edge at Joe Lukela Beach Park in Hawai‘i Kai the year that Miske’s son died. The tree drew attention from community members and officials who questioned how the private memorial was permitted at a public park. Civil Beat reports revealed emails in which city staffers questioned how the after-the-fact approval happened through a process the staffers hadn’t known existed. Initially, Miske described the tree lights as a memorial to his son, then later said the lights were meant as a memorial for all those whose ashes have been scattered in Maunalua Bay. When the city questioned the lights and inquired about when they would be removed, a battle ensued and park officials said that Miske threatened both to keep putting up the lights and to cut down the tree.

 

While the federal records focus on allegations of crime, Miske also built business connections where his companies worked on prominent jobs. The termite company treated the city-owned Waikīkī Shell, Saint Louis School, as well as the Hōkūle‘a voyaging canoe. Public records showed his companies made several campaign contributions since 2018. And, when Miske was a part-owner of the M Nightclub, the venue attracted several campaign fundraisers to the Restaurant Row venue. The indictment also alleges the enterprise used chemical weapons attacks, throwing pesticide onto the dance floor of rival nightclubs.