WHEN LAGUNA BEACH WAS THE WORLD'S LSD CAPITAL
It was one of the worst drug-related murders in Laguna Beach history.
The killers had forced their way in through the front door. The male victim took bullets to both kneecaps before his execution. A second victim, a young female, was shot in the face at point-blank range. Two accomplices, dressed as gardeners, worked loud leaf-blowing machines outside the home to mask the sound of gunfire.
The gunman (also the leader of the operation) was later discovered to be Miguel “Lado” Arroyo, the main muscle of an especially violent Mexican drug cartel.
But these murders never actually happened, and Miguel Arroyo is a fictional character. This vivid picture is instead a scene from Oliver Stone’s Laguna Beach-set movie “Savages” (2012), adopted from the Don Winslow crime novel of the same name published in 2010.
Scenes for the film were shot in Laguna in September 2011 to capture an authentic look—the majestic shoreline, fabulously blue skies and crazy expensive views. That’s about as realistic as it got. A medical marijuana dispensary among the high-end restaurants and chic boutiques of Forest Avenue? Yeah, right.
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