From 2008 to 2009, a group comprised of eight teenagers and young adults burglarized the homes of numerous celebrities in and around Calabasas, California. Over a believed period of ten months, the thieves – dubbed “The Bling Ring” by media outlets – robbed a string of A-list Hollywood stars including Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan of cash and belongings totalling approximately $3,000,000.
The Bling Ring’s reign of greed and excess would come to a crashing halt following the arrest of Nick Prugo, whose face had been captured on surveillance at Lohan’s home. Six other Ring participants – Rachel Lee, Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, Johnny Ajar and Roy Lopez Jr. – would eventually be arrested and charged in connection to the robberies. Their punishments ranged from probation and community service to time behind bars.
The Bling Ring‘s crimes received extensive media coverage due to the celebrity status of the victims. Award-winning journalist and author Nancy Jo Sales began reporting on the case shortly following the arrests of Ring members. Her February 2010 Vanity Fair piece, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” would eventually lead to Sales penning a book on the story titled The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. A film helmed by renowned director Sofia Coppola based on the article was released in 2013.
Nancy Jo Sales kindly spoke with me on the morning of October 13 to discuss the Bling Ring case and her book documenting the story. Purchasing information for The Bling Ring is available here.
Sales’ latest book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, can be purchased at this link.
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