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That Mercedes is buried in a mansion? No more bodies, but an interesting story

The mystery surrounding the burial of the thief Mercedes-Benz The side of a California mansion improved this week when it became known that the man who built the home had an interesting criminal history – serving time for murder and attempted murder.

Meanwhile, police in Atherton, California, said that no human remains or any suspicious evidence was found in the vehicle. Mercedes convertible after it was excavated last weekend from a dump and transported to the San Mateo County Crime Lab for examination.

Last Thursday, the landscapers discovered the car buried about 5 feet underground and filled with concrete bags. Police believe the car was buried at the same time it was reported stolen in Palo Alto in September 1992.

The $15 million mansion was built by Johnny Lew, a man with a history of being arrested for murder, attempted murder, and murder. insurance cheating, his daughter, Jacq Searle, told San Francisco Chronicles.

Atherton Police Cmdr. Daniel Larsen told take note Investigators had heard of Lew, “but we have not confirmed through our sources that he actually owned” the Mercedes.

In 1966, Lew was convicted of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Los Angeles County. He was released from prison after the California Supreme Court overturned the sentence in 1968, citing hearing evidence that should not have been adjudicated, take note reports, citing court records.

Records show that in 1977, Lew was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, also in Los Angeles County, and served three years in prison.

In the late 1990s, Lew was arrested for insurance fraud after he hired undercover officers to take a $1.2 million yacht” west of the Golden Gate Bridge into international waters and put it at the bottom”. take note reported. The police hid the boat and told Lew they had sunk it.

Searle said she spent her childhood and teenage years visiting her father as he went in and out of prison. The only thing she said that could hint at why he buried a car: “My dad definitely has emotional problems…which wouldn’t surprise me, just based on the extent of it. my father’s sketchy”.

The Lew family sold the property in 2014. Lew passed away in 2015.

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