Which Las Olas business was owned by a hitman? Or rather, owned by his wife. By the way that was a serious question – I haven’t been able to figure out the answer and hope that you might.
It seems that the chap’s name was Bernard Hunwick. In June 1982, it was reported that he had been arrested. He was allegedly working with another [unnamed] man who was part of the mob in Chicago. It seems that the pair aimed to hit organized crime figures here in Fort Lauderdale. One man had already been hit – he’d been found in the trunk of his car just a month before the report. Mind you, some officers estimated that Hunwick had been responsible for over three hundred gangland killings.
When Hunwick was arrested, they took from his home a hit list, seven guns, handcuffs, three bombs and $12,000 in cash.
But the part of the report that really got my attention was that Hunwick worked in his wife’s business. Patti Hunwick was a former Playboy bunny and had a business on Las Olas Boulevard. Any ideas????
Patti Becker Hunwick’s business was apparently a fashion boutique. She was twenty six
and had two children. Some months later, she was arrested herself and charged with the possession seventeen bales of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a firearm. She was arrested along with two Fort Lauderdale men after a 27 mile sea chase involving cop boats and helicopters.
Bernard had been cleared of all charges during the hitman trial (hmm …) but by the time his wife was arrested he was in custody awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of possessing a firearm…
When Bernard Hunwick had been arrested, an officer had noted that they lived in a luxury waterfront home with a $7,000 boat moored outside. (Remember that’s thirty years ago). He owned four Rolex watches each worth $5,000. He had several expensive cars. He and his wife were thirty seven and twenty six respectively so can’t have owned the Las Olas business for very long. But yet it seems that they were very wealthy.
The young, glamorous, ‘innocent’ couple maintained that their wealth came from the boutique. They made SO much money selling frocks on Las Olas? I think today’s business owners would definitely have something to say about that!