Real-life role: The locale where Lugo, Doorbal, and their cohorts pumped iron

Sun Gym opened in January 1987 as the spot where professional bodybuilders competing in Miami came to bulk up. Owned by Miami accountant and former Mr. United Kingdom John Mese, Sun Gym was not the type of place where dudes went to pick up honeys. Located in a plain tan warehouse with no AC, Sun Gym was for true muscleheads only. Mese hired Lugo and Doorbal to run the place and train customers, and Lugo came up with his plans to knock over Schiller and Griga between scarfing down power bars, juicing up with steroids, and flexing weights inside.

Current status: Perfume wholesale warehouse

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.

The physique palace shuttered its doors in August 1995 following Mese's arrest on kidnapping, money-laundering, and attempted-murder charges. Du Bois's deft sleuthing showed that Mese had been in on the plot to snatch and kill Schiller. He was convicted and sentenced to 56 years and died from a stroke in prison in 2004.

Today, dark tint covers the glass door that used to be the entrance to Sun Gym. There are no signs indicating what type of business now resides inside. After a reporter rings the doorbell, a young brunet with fair skin opens the door. She declines to provide her name but explains that the space is now occupied by a perfume wholesale company called Oni Essence. "We've been here for two, three years," she says. "The owners are out of town for three weeks, so I can't really comment."

Place: Delgado's Hialeah warehouse, 2248 W. 77th St., Hialeah

Depicted by: Studio set

Key description: "Pulling off the street to the warehouse, he couldn't believe his eyes: There was Lugo, standing over a burning barrel. He had carried outside a metal drum, placed the iron grate on top, tossed on hands, feet, and various skull portions, splashed some gasoline around, and started a fire. Occasionally he bent down and torched the remains with a jet of propane flames. He might as well have been at a back-yard barbecue!"

Real-life role: Site where Schiller was tortured and the Hungarian couple was quartered with chainsaws

After using Delgado's warehouse as a torture den for Schiller, the Sun Gym Gang turned the place into a scene out of Rob Zombie's darkest nightmares after murdering Griga and Furton. On May 26, 1995, Doorbal donned sweatpants, rubber boots, leather gloves, and clear goggles. He fired up an electric chainsaw and sliced off the hands, feet, and heads, then plucked their eyeballs and teeth, all while a river of gore splattered the floors.

Current status: Home of Nuuva Cookies & Cakes

Augustin Ricart walks through a freezer, showing off rows of deliciously sinful chocolate-mousse cakes. A chubby Argentine with short, receding black hair, Ricart stops in front of an oven. "This is where we burn the bodies," he jokes.

At first, he doesn't believe what once happened in his building. Eighteen years ago, a reporter tells him, the Sun Gym gang beat, pistol-whipped, Tasered, burned, and starved Schiller, one of his fellow countrymen, into submission in this same space. "You're messing with me, right?" Ricart laughs. "You can't be serious."

Ricart's three bakers, a trio of Cuban-American men in their 20s with hard physiques bulging underneath their T-shirts, gather closer to listen to the rest of the tale.

An investor who specializes in turning around small businesses, Ricart bought the bakery eight months ago from a Colombian woman who was in financial trouble. "Had I known what happened in here, I don't think I would have bought it," Ricart says. "I don't like places with bad energy."

"Coño," one of the bakers barks. "We're gonna need to do a spiritual cleansing in here."

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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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