In the meantime, Schiller finished his memoir. He found out about the Pain & Gain film only last year, when one of his bosses brought it to his attention.

Originally the character played by Shalhoub was going to be named after him and he was supposed to have a cameo role as a detective, Schiller claims. But both fell through. "They kept me at a distance," he says.

From the trailer he's watched, Schiller says, Shalhoub's brash character is all wrong. "There is no resemblance to me at all," he says. "I was always a humble, family person."

Adrian Doorbal was a Caribbean Adonis when he was busted for murder. Today, he's a bald death-row inmate who likes to seek out online pen pals.
Metro Dade Corrections / Florida Department of Corrections
Adrian Doorbal was a Caribbean Adonis when he was busted for murder. Today, he's a bald death-row inmate who likes to seek out online pen pals.
Daniel Lugo was the mastermind of the Sun Gym Gang. He'll die by lethal injection if the U.S. Supreme Court denies his final appeal.
Metro Dade Corrections / Florida Department of Corrections
Daniel Lugo was the mastermind of the Sun Gym Gang. He'll die by lethal injection if the U.S. Supreme Court denies his final appeal.

As interest in the Sun Gym Gang case has gained traction, major news outlets have knocked on Schiller's door seeking to retell his story. He's been interviewed by ABC's 20/20 and CBS's 48 Hours, though he wasn't happy with either news report, which he feels portrayed him as a lowlife scoundrel who deserved his torture.

"To me, the story was about my survival," he says. "I don't understand why they want to make me look like a bad guy."


Name: Szuszanna Griga

Played by: Not depicted in the movie. Her brother, Frank, is part of Shalhoub's composite character

Key description: "Griga began to collect luxury automobiles, among them a $200,000 royal blue Vector, a rare, handmade, experimental sports car; a Dodge Stealth for running errands; and the Lamborghini Diablo... His girlfriends were beautiful, as sensual and sculpted as the cars he owned. He preferred babes, some of them strippers, and after he and Beatriz had parted ways, she introduced him to Krisztina Furton at Crazy Horse II, a Fort Lauderdale strip joint. The two quickly fell in love and became inseparable."

Real-life role: Griga's sister

Born in Berlin in 1961, Frank Griga emigrated to New York City in the mid-'80s, toiling as a car washer, then as a foreign-car mechanic. After moving to Miami in 1988, he landed a gig selling luxury rides at North Miami Beach's Prestige Imports. He yearned to own the Lotuses and Ferraris. Soon, he found his calling card, literally. He joined a group of investors in the 800- and 900-number markets and made a fortune on sex lines. In 1994 alone, Frank and his partners took in 3 million bucks.

"My brother left Communist Hungary when he was 21," Szuszanna said in a recent phone interview. "He built his business from the ground up. He was the personification of the American dream."

He bought himself a $700,000 waterfront mansion in Golden Beach and a yacht called Foreplay. And he began collecting his own exotic toys, like his $200,000 royal-blue Vector. Those expensive tastes led to his downfall, though. Doorbal's girlfriend, who knew Griga through her strip-club job, showed the hood a photo of the businessman with his Lambo. That's how the gang found its final mark.

On May 27, 1995, after several aborted attempts to snatch Griga, Lugo and Doorbal lured him and Furton to Shula's Steak House under the pretense of a business deal. The restaurant was closed, so the goons brought the couple back to Doorbal's apartment, where Frank and Krisztina spent their final moments in agonizing terror.

More than a week later, Szuszanna got a call from Dade County detectives confirming they'd found the hacked-up bodies of her brother and his girlfriend. Immediately she flew from Budapest. The 54-year-old karmic astrologer sat through every agonizing day of the Sun Gym Gang's four-month trial. She also testified at the sentencing hearings for Lugo and Doorbal.

"It's not a crime to enjoy life," Szuszanna says. "No one deserves to be murdered just because he drives nice cars and has a beautiful girlfriend."

Current status: Griga lives in Budapest, Hungary, occasionally returning to Aventura, where she owns a condo.

After Lugo and Doorbal were convicted, Szuszanna sold her sibling's opulent estate for $895,000. Frank's sister lives in Budapest with their 91-year-old mother but has returned for all of Lugo's and Doorbal's appeal hearings. "They continue coming up with nonsense to escape what's coming to them," Szuszanna grouses.

As far as the movie, Szuszanna is already panning it. She's appalled the movie is a dark comedy that portrays Lugo and Doorbal as antiheroes who go after a scumbag.

"To show these killers as a couple of funny, nice guys who made a couple of blunders is indecent," she says. "The movie is going to glorify what they did. It's ridiculous."


Name: Ed Du Bois

Played by: Ed Harris

Key description: "Ed Du Bois became a mere spectator to the grisly findings. He felt some relief that Lugo, Delgado, and Doorbal were in custody, but the institutional cynicism that thwarted a true investigation into Schiller's kidnapping filled him with ire. Why did Frank Griga and Krisztina Furton have to pay such a terrible price? Why hadn't the police taken him seriously? 'How does it feel,' he scornfully quizzed one investigator, 'to have blood on your hands?'"

Real-life role: Private investigator hired by Schiller to bust the Sun Gym Gang

On December 16, 1994, Ed Du Bois was busy working as the National Football League's South Florida investigator and security consultant. A third-generation P.I., Du Bois owns the oldest agency in Florida. As Du Bois worked that morning analyzing security for the upcoming Super Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium, his phone rang. It was Schiller, desperate and terrified, recounting the gang's grisly deeds from a hospital bed.

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jakobclark4
jakobclark4

and just saying if you have read all the articles lugo and doorbal are reformed and luck is most likely to be released soon due to the fact there was a jury error in his trial but unless doorbal gets governors pardon he dead

jakobclark4
jakobclark4

What lugo did was wrong but can be justified by the fact that he was a brilliant psychopath who was a creature of habit that coraled others into a group for their own survival people like them are what makes people like us stronger and yet we lock them up and kill them or put them in mental institutions

danielavideo
danielavideo

That was before they figured out that he was doing the same damn thing his kid nappers did.Sorry but I have a hard time believing this meat head master planned this... Only a banker or cpa can come up with this shit. he was definitely the one behind this. somewhere along the line Someone said let's kill him and take all his money and not give him any of his cut. come on please his life insurance policy?

danielavideo
danielavideo

Lol see little boys and girls... This is what happens when you take juice! You become a retard.

plome346
plome346

I dont think your are right I read all the story and I lugo should be set free !

arkiel
arkiel

I'd like to know what happened to that shitheel SID detective who thought the poor guy was full of it. That jackass has the blood of two people on his hands.

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

It's disgraceful that the two disgraceful animals are still on death row. They should be killed...today.

lordofgamas
lordofgamas

It pisses me off that someone made this movie into a comedy. This is something an amazing, serious crime thriller would be like, but now I get to see Michael Bay botch something that's incredibly morbid and still fresh in a lot of people's minds.

Disgraceful. 

mondaydecember
mondaydecember

I read the whole story, and I'd like to dump a bucket of waste on the heads of the cops who laughed off Schiller's story. I'm sure they belong to a public sector employee union and have received their raises and promotions on schedule, though. Ed Petow, Jim Maier, Iris Deegan, Fred Taylor, Pete Cuccaro -- frickin' idiots. And was that bimbo Sabina deported? She was an illegal alien for chrissake.

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I cant believe I knew these guys 

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I remember going there to apply for a job , very seedy place at the time and coundt trust lugos attitude and the test he was trying to sell me , so i left

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I cant believe there glory fying these murderers assholes I met lugo many years ago in florida at the gym  and doorbel I cant wiat til they get the injection

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

"As he left the courthouse, Schiller was arrested by federal agents on charges of orchestrating a Medicare billing scheme through his nutritional companies.

Current status: Employed as an accountant..."

Who would employ this one as an accountant ? Certainly isn't a CPA, not with a record for Medicare fraud.

thebulldog
thebulldog

who made the original signs for sun gym?

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

i gotta see this movie, i remember sun gym some what and doorbal used to go to a niteclub in miami lakes back in the day

davebward65
davebward65

Man....you are really really brain dead. fIf that's how you really process information, then please please don't have any children. Because you literally are dumber than Lugo and his gang. Your mother must have taken really bad drugs while pregnant with you.

davebward65
davebward65

Then you should take the chair in his place. Because as dumb as you two are, we don't need either of you swimming in the gene pool. No what i be saying thug boy?

plome346
plome346

I think they should let lugo free

Jgomez
Jgomez

@jpoppiti 

I agree, they should have been put down long time ago. The torture they put Mr. Schiller thru is unbelievable.

mary
mary

@lordofgamas Not to mention, they don't have all the correct facts or all of the people involved.


perretti15312
perretti15312

Wow, i know its crazy. You never know about people.

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@jgcamp99 

If he really did what they said he did, They prosecutor and police had much incentive to make him look bad. Evidence against Schiller was Delgado, they guy who insisted they murder him.

danielavideo
danielavideo

That was before they figured out that he was doing the same damn thing his kid nappers did.

Sorry but I have a hard time believing this meat head master planned this... Only a banker or cpa can come up with this shit. he was definitely the one behind this. somewhere along the line Someone said let's kill him and take all his money and not give him any of his cut. come on please is life insurance policy?

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@jgcamp99 You can't judge you don't know the entire story. There are factual errors in this article

Boucho
Boucho

@Donnie Donnie where was sun gym? which part of miami?


lkaliflower21
lkaliflower21

Why???? He chopped people heads, feet and hanfs off and barbecued them...thats sick

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

Why? I am sure you'd feel differently if a family member of yours was kidnapped and/or killed by lugo and his crew? Lugo definitely should not be released. LIFO should be executed.

ygagdfgf
ygagdfgf

@Jgomez @jpoppiti  no doubt what they did was horrible, but does that justify you to call them animals

lkaliflower21
lkaliflower21

I wish thoght the story all the way true...that foul had a wife and the other one didnt

Reddragonk
Reddragonk

@jpoppiti you are offending the animals. animals kill with the purpose of survival..this was for pleasure which only humans do...just look around,,,of curse that was sarcasm ..in general whoever is found guilty on a crime and sentenced to death should be done quickly not letting then live for a lot of more years..Death sentences should be executed immediately after being found guilty.. 

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

Damn right it does. They kidnapped three people, and killed two of them. They are animals and should be executed.

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@Jimbo99 @starofhopeinc 

Do you not realize they used Delgado to frame Schiller because they had blood on their hands. They only gave Delgado 15 years, they created a story that Schiller was dirty as an excuse for not investigating. You don't understand how our system works

 
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