Florida Today from Cocoa, Florida on June 11, 1982 · Page 12A
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u 1 i .12A TODAY, Ttj&at. Jm tl, 1W3 r IjrUtZnr m cM,ro i?Mnorxr4' W - .. rW VrJilki dCrC WfC0 t7SlS C 0&l7 dUCICil 0 MMIM jf.(.i y I2 up lJI an an sK lit C hi a By JOHN F. BROWN TODAY OWHt MM ftwvtaa PORT HURON. Mich. "It' my ion, all right. It's fearry. Kit I can't believe it." Bernard B. Hunwick teamed alxwt t a.m. Thuraday that Ms son, Bernard Barton "Barry" Hunwick. has been linked to the contract killings of 100 to 300 people The 70 - year - old retired president of the Michigan Trucking Association heard the newt In a phone call from his brother in Florida Hunwick said that since he and his wife divorced In 1963, he a seen Barry only a few times tlie last In 1S70, when hit son returned to Port Huron for a visit. "Now this happens," he said. "My mind Is running wid. I m all mixed up. H wis an ox of a kid 6 - foot, 1 - Inch and 200 pounds. He was a good athlete. In fact, he, wanted to be a professional football player. Yes, my son was always big and handsome, but we didn't get along at all. II got Into a lot of scrapes when he lived In Port Huron, more than the average person He raised a lot of hell you know, people going Into a restaurant and Alleged hit man teamed with mob in South Florida FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) A free - lance "death collector" alleged to have carried out about 100 contract murders had recently teamed with a renegade mobster for a planned bloody challenge to South Florida's established organued - crlme gangs, police said Thursday "The investigation Indicates that since May IS, organized crime operatives in South Florida have been selected (as) targets by the renegades," Detective Sgt Ken Krtulen of the Wilton Manors police force said He said Bernard Hunwick, 37, was working with a ' renegade" Mafia man from Chicago organized crime He dldn t identify the man " - They (were) going to hit known organized crime soldiers to show how big and bad they are and how they're going to ,take over extortion and cocaine," Kreulen said Kruelen said detectives believe a hit squad directed by Hunwick Is responsible for the May IS slaying of Diego " Richard" Messina, a reputed member of a New York organized crime family Messina, his throat slit, was found stuffed in the trunk Of a car here Police arrested Hunwick, a husky, blue - eyed blond, late Tuesday in his $250,000 suburban Plantation His wife, a former Playboy bunny, and their two children were home at the time, police said. Hunwick was in jail Thursday pending a bond hearing on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and armed robbery of a 34 - year - old man police say was left for dead along Isolated Alligator Alley last month The man survived, and told detectives Hunwick headed a hit squad responsible for 309 contract murders. Investigators said material from Informants and papers seized from Hunwick's home and his Lincoln Continental led them to link Hunwick to as many as 100 Broward authorities, working from informant tips and alleged "hit lists" seized after the arrest, were trying to gather information on other slayings Some materials seized mentioned possible victims in New York, Boston, Lafayette, Ind , and elsewhere, investigators said. Fred Haddad, Hunwick's attorney, said: "I think he'll be vindicated at trial " "I've represented him before, but nothing like this," added Haddad, who said he has been Hunwick's attorney since 1J77 The attorney said Hunwick worked In an exclusive dress shop owned by his wife on Fort Lauderdale's Las OlaS Boulevard. In a news conference Wednesday, Broward County officials said Hunwick didn't accumulate his wealth from selling fine dresses, but rather by buying underworld dents for 50 cents on the dollar, then collecting In their search of Hunwick's home, investigators said, they found a "hit list" and a black leather "hit kit," containing an automatic pistol, handcuffs and brass, knuckles Detectives also seized six more guns, one a high - powered nfle; three bombs, including a hand grenade made from a beer can; two silencers and (12.000 In cash They also found information sheets about targets, including debts owed and planned "punishment," said Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Adams Investigators said Hunwick and his associates Bought debts for half the amount owed, then took the money from the debtors and killed them Adams said for some murders he was paid fees of $3 000 to $5,000 Investigators released one letter, from an unidentified man, found at the Hunwick's home. Addressed to Florida s attorney" general, it said a man named Barry, nicknamed "The Bear," was trying to collect "a fabricated drug debt of $100,000 " The letter Concluded "If and when you receive this letter, please rest assured that I, my family or associates have met some ill fate at the hands of these above named persons." Adams said the man's fate wasn't known. Police say Alan Chafui was abducted, robbed of $5. - 009, shot five times, them dumped along Alligator Alley last May 19 While recovering, Chafui told investigators that Hunwick and his colleagues were hired to kill him. Police said Chafin has now left the hospital and disappeared Chafin told detectives that Hunwick and his colleagues have killed 12 to 14 people in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties since 1978. Chafin also told investigators ' he personally knows since 1978 that (Hunwick) and hu crew are responsible for more than 300 homicides," Adams said Hunwick kept out of Jail because "none of his victims ever lived," said Adams "Luckily Chafin was brave enough to come forward " In 1974, U S Drug Enforcement agents looked Into allegations about Hunwick's involvement in drugs, but no charges were ever hied, said DEA spokesman Brent Eaton. In 1W9. he was sentenced to five years in prison for violating his probation on an aggravated battery charge He has yet to begin serving that sentence Decs use appeals arid motions are still pending. Sunlanct 1 kvr I Im fltM - d MurtitHKe Hrok 242N.I1BCOCKST. I SUITEI1, MtUOWtKE pti 2 si - am : Investors , , you con now earn 1 8 on your , $wrd by Florida Baal Estate. CALL JIM Ml MBS FOR FUHTHEP INFORMATION 'Ha was an ox of a kid 6 - foot. 1 - Inch and 200 pounds. Ha was a good athlata. In fact, he wanted to b a professional football player. Yaa, my son was always big and handsome, but wa didn't gat along at all.' Bernard B. Hunwick, father of accused murderer leaving a broken wash basin behind. I had to get him out of a lot of trouble " Hunwick said Barry always wanted to be rich and successful - "Ha wasn't conservative, that's for sure. We had a boat, and he tore that up But he was unusually smart he learned easily " Barry was bom on Jan. 23. IMS, in Detroit "We moved up here In 1954 from Detroit, and Barry went to Port Huron High School (he graduated In 1983). After high school he went to Port Huron Junior College and then on to Eastern Michigan University, "I really don't know why ha went on . . He wasn't much Interested in going to school. 1 don't believe he graduated from college. No, ha went to Fort Lauderdale and got a Job at the Elbow Bar working as a bartender, "1 went to see him once when I was in Florida on some executive business si IMS, I believe. We had dinner together ... He had a wife and child then .. . "When he came up here In 1970. he was Just here lor a two - day visit... I only saw him for a few hours then. "Now. I don't know what the hell Is going on . . . "Yes, he's my son, but not really for the last 10 years. None of the family has known where he was or what he was doing. "I have no Intention of going to him He's got more money than 1 have , . . Let, him cash In on that; $70,000 speed boat he has." The news made him feel sick and hurt Inside, said Hunwick. "What more can I say? 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