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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

UPDATE on PASSIVE ART STUDIO CASE: Arrest made for Murder and Arson

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 UPDATE FROM THE LA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT
12:45 a.m.:

Deputies responded to a structure fire in the 10900 block of La CienegBoulevard, Lennox. Upon their arrival, Los Angeles County Fire personnel informed the deputies that after extinguishing the fire they discovered a charred body inside of the location.

The deputies observed a male White adult hiding in the bushes across the
street from the location. While the deputies questioned the male they
observed he had been injured. The male stated his injuries were a result of
him being struck by a vehicle. The male's injuries were not consistent with
his statement.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the male was a former
employee of the location where the charred body had been discovered. He
was fired from the establishment approximately one week prior.
The male, David Edward Albert, MW/53 was arrested for Arson and Murder.
 

UPDATE AT 12:23 AM

Lennox, CA
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has arrested David Albert, a former employee of the Passive Arts Studio on murder and arson charges tonight.

Detectives said that Albert is their "prime" and "only" suspect in this case. Albert was "fired" by the club management last week according to sources inside the LA Sheriff's Department.

According to Watch Commander Mancilla of the Lennox Sheriff's Station, Sheriff Homicide detectives responded to the "Passive Arts" Studio to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified person. The fire broke out at 11:34 a.m. on Tuesday.

When they arrived that found a bloodied Albert at the scene, and immediately began questioning him. He was placed under arrest tonight.

The victim's body was discovered inside the location after a structure fire was extinguished. The adult male victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his name has not been released to the media, but it is believed that he is the owner of the famed club.


UPDATE: 11:47 p.m.
David Albert, a former club employee is under arrest for murder and arson.  Great work by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Homicide Division.

UPDATE: 9 p.m. PST

The Passive Arts website has been closed down till future notice.
http://www.passivearts.com/

UPDATE: 6:37 p.m.
Eyewitness News in Los Angeles has posted the above report about the fire over at the "Passive Arts Studio" this morning that resulted in the death of the owner

UPDATE AT 6:20 p.m.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS  tell NBC 4 NEWS in LOS ANGELES that they are going to be questioning a "person of interest" in this fire that resulted in the death of the owner of the "Passive Arts" Bondage Studio.

Investigators are still at the scene.  

By Randy Economy
July 27, 2010
4 p.m.

LENNOX -- File this death case as "Bondage Gone Wild...."

A famed Los Angeles "Bondage" Club is the focus of a possible death and murder investigation this afternoon.
Today, authorities say they've found the body of a man in his 50s at the scene of a fire at a bondage club in unincorporated Lennox...and it turns out that the body found is that of the owner of the "facility."

The fire was reported at "Passive Arts Studios," 10914 S. La Cienega Blvd. at 11:35 a.m.  Passive Arts is known as the biggest and hottest "bondage club" in America.  Who knew.

The flames were doused within 20 minutes, and afterward the body of the owner was found in the rubble. It is not clear if the man died as a result of the fire, and his name has not be released to the media.  


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26 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Your "article" shows an enormous lack of respect for the dead, their family, and their friends, not to mention the fetish community. It reads like a sensationalistic tabloid and I'm unclear on the point.

And, by the way, you mean "sordid" details, not sorted, for God's sake.

Anonymous said...

Jokes about a dead man you didn't know is bad form in all cultures that I know of. I was familiar with the man and he was always pleasant and a gracious host to my wife and I. The club was a safe place for people to explore their sexuality. Pleas grant him the respect due to any decent person who had died.

Anonymous said...

Why in the world do we allow these seedy establishments in our communities. Thanks for the post. I have no mercy on this man

Creepy PLACE said...

Now they are treating this as a murder investiagation. Murder is murder...regardless of where it is located

Rebecca Caviness said...

Your obvious morbid glee for this tragedy is sickening. How dare you insinuate murder when you clearly have no supporting evidence that this is anything but a terrible accident! The people at that club were, and are, fine folks and you are just short of slandering their reputation if it weren't so obvious that your words are devoid of any solid truth. Please keep your unfounded conjectures to yourself. Your insinuations and jokes about this incident show a profound lack of respect for the people mourning.

Anonymous said...

Mob related?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous who left comment about "not having mercy on this man" Shame on you for being so heartless after a horrible tradegy and being so closed minded. I don't care what your beliefs are or even if you're against that kind of stuff but you shouldn't be happy someone died b.c. they have a different lifestyle!!!

Anonymous said...

I been there...and it is a cease pool...

Anonymous said...

I worked there for years - and I am familiar with the man who ran the place, and the person who may have killed him (gave me a strange feeling).

I'm in shock! I look back, and wish I'd been his type...but I wasn't, and I've never led a man on, and have always been respectful with feelings, so he could find whom cared for him.

My concern now is for the girls left in limbo, and were used to a regular work schedule - and hoping if D. did kill J., then justice is served, and hopefully getting things back online. I can't imagine J. wanting all his hard work going to waste. I know you had a crush on me, J...I'm truly sorry I couldn't reciprocate, but if I have a chance to help ease your mind about your business, perhaps I can do something. May you rest in peace - and may your children remember you as a good dad, and most of all: you were just you.

RIP, J.

- Lady A.

Selma man said...

This is going to open up a HUGE CAN of WORMS...

I know what goes on in there.

Some very famous folks visit this place...and tonight I am sure that they would want this incident to "just go away."

I knew this guy who died...and he was no Saint...

Anonymous said...

I will have to agree that he was no saint, but he still deserves the respect of anyone else. I worked there for nearly 2 years and was even living on premesis for a while and did their interior design. I always got paid for my work, He always helped me through the tough times and he loved his wolf... I used to walk that wolf every day and roll around on the floor playing with him. It's almost more strange to me that the wolf won't be here more than him... We had our ups and downs but he in no way deserved anything like this. The person that was arrested I am puzzled over this because he was such a sweetie, strange in his own right, but aren't we all different from each other, unique because of our quirks? He always knew my favorite kind of chocolate and would hide some just for me... I'm no lily of the valley...either, but I could never do this to someone. I don't understand the dynamic of this situation but it just doesn't sit right....

Anonymous said...

I'd been many times. Enjoyed it more than other clubs in the LA area. I'm really disturbed that this happened, and sickened.

Mika Tan said...

It is inaccurate to include "Bondage" in the headline. This was not a BDSM session-based. A disgruntled employee is a far cry from a BDSM-related murder. Passive Arts is the biggest BDSM house and has a stellar reputation for providing such services. If you want to use this story to drive traffic to your blog, at least be accurate, instead of misleading readers.

LA Sheriff FAN said...

The LA County SHERIFF'S ALWAYS GET THE CROOKS....

ALWAYS....

paindancer said...

I would echo the request to show a bit of decorum and respect.

Passive Arts, and the likely victim created a safe and respectable environment for thousands of adults to explore their own creativity. Certinaly, some people will be afraid of that openness and condemn it, but many many more explored and learned.

This event not only has shaken a large and close community, but it will have reaching effects in all walks of life. The say that Passive Arts was a melting pot for the social classes would be a understatement.

The victim, the participants of the club, the people who he effected, were not bad people. They were and are, vibrant, intelligent and creative folks. In the city of angels, where your best friend is just as likely the guy with the knife in your back, the members of this community were the ones you could really trust, time and time again.

None of them deserved this. As stated, this seems to be an issue with an ex employee, but it could very well go much deeper. My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in the community, and is heavy with loss.

Still, I know that community is strong and will come together, as it has in the past. Passive Arts, and the owner left a legacy of community, friendship and trust, which will live on, beyond this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

First & foremost, I would like to state that NONE of us are saints. And in NO WAY did John deserve to have his life ended in any such manner. Who are YOU to point the finger about ANY person? This man is dead... He cannot defend himself against your closed mind or your ignorant words. Have some respect. He was a human being with a family, regardless of what he did for business, it was still a business he would support himself and give work to others for, as well... provide a comfortable place for people of ALL WALKS of life to converge and socialize WITHOUT judgment. I am appalled at the lack of knowledge and respect, and the peacock-puffed assumptions about this terrible tragedy... and what seems to be an incident related to an ex-employee. BDSM has nothing to do with this event. This over-indulgent self-satisfying bull-crap of a story is belittling to the community which has supported Passive Arts for many years. This was a place I learned much about myself, felt comfortable, and was able to enjoy socializing with people who came from everywhere... and yes... there were "known" faces that would come and go often. But this is not about the community that supported the club. Please realize the issue for what it truly is and keep your focus and attention on the human beings directly involved and how those lives are now ended in different ways. The disrespect is incredible... It's one thing I have found in the BDSM community as a priority over the rest of the world. Sometimes I wonder if our community should teach the lesson of respect, communication, trust and consent to others more often.

Anonymous said...

I am a former employee and friend. He will be missed dearly by all of us who knew who him well. Though this wasn't BDSM related this is sad day for everyone in the scene as well.

Anonymous said...

John got his Karma. He brainwashed girls. He wouldn't pay them sometimes unless they came to work again. He got what was coming to him. What I don't understand is why butt sniffing Dave was just hiding in the bushes, what an idiot. Good luck sniffing butts in Jail D bag.

Lady Cyn APtic said...

I am also a former employee, and Passive Arts is by far the best dungeon I have ever worked out of, with [typically] very respectful clientele and *actually* no illegal play - which is hard to find in this city, and makes it a comfortable work environment - not to mention what they offered the local BDSM community. There are nutjobs in every social circle, from PTA parents to Dominatrices and their clients.

Anonymous said...

I only knew John in short conversations/hello's, but he was always respectful. He gave us an opportunity to have a place to go to every weekend that catered to a lifestyle we chose for a very small fee that didn't hurt our wallets.
He'll be missed, and so will the parties.
I honestly, with all my heart, wish I could peel the skin off Dave and roll him in salt for having been the reason poor Koda had to suffer as well.
I hope Johns family will pull through ok, and I hope this piece of shit gets justice in prison by Bubba.

Anonymous said...

Passive Arts has been by FAR the most respectful clubs I have ever been to, including those non bdsm related. I did not know the man who was murdered but I am deeply saddened for loss of the visionary who created such safe haven for my personal self discovery. My heart goes out to all those effected by this tragedy, and shame on the media for casting such a negative light on a safe and respectful establishment.

Anonymous said...

I have never been to passive arts though I am in the scene the last of respect and decorum shown by this article and the media at large is sad and sickening if gods and goddesses rest his soul John had been murdered at home rather than his business front what he did for a living would never have come into the spotlight I wish the media would look at this for what it was a murder because of a former employee and not the scene and anybody who says this poor man got what he deserved needs to reevaluate you picture of life that is a horrible nasty thing to say no one who ever they are deserve to die in this fashion!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rahm Emaneul used to frequent the place. He is an observant Jew and would use the excuse of not flying on Shabat to stay over in La on Saturday to go clubing at Passive Arts on Saturday nights.

Rahm is into BDSM and enjoyed Passive Arts. Don't be judgmental - we all have our own concepts of sexuality

Randy Economy said...

To the PERSON WHO SENT THIS FROM Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Rahm Emaneul used to frequent the place. He is an observant Jew and would use the excuse of not flying on Shabat to stay over in La on Saturday to go clubing at Passive Arts on Saturday nights.

Rahm is into BDSM and enjoyed Passive Arts. Don't be judgmental - we all have our own concepts of sexuality

Monday, August 09, 2010

I WANT TO GET MORE INFORMATION and DETAILS and PROOF from you if possible.

Randy

Sara said...

I worked and lived in PAS in 2007-2008. Those were really good days for me, I've found a lot of friends there. Yes, John used not to pay to girls as he didn't pay me, but he didn't deserve it. I believe that Dave did it as he had always been jealous. John had charismatic personality and Dave was the most lazy and stupid person I ever met. I can't think about Coda, I took car of him...

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