What happened to Ray Colon and where is he now?

Hulu’s true crime series Welcome to Chippendales is heading for a very dark turn as the finale draws closer on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Episode 3 introduced the audience to handyman Ray Colon by Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee (played by Kumail Nanjiani). Tick, tick… boom! Star Robin de Jesús, who will play a key role in Chippendales’ sinister journey.

However, Colon also played a key role in uncovering the truth about Banerjee and possibly preventing further murders for hire and arson attacks on Chippendale competitors.

So what happened to Ray Colon and where is he now? news week has everything you need to know.

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Steve Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani) and Ray Colon (Robin de Jesús) in a scene from Welcome to Chippendales. Colon was hired by Banerjee to carry out several assassination plots.

What happened to Ray Colon?

In 1987, Steve Banerjee hired Ray Colon, a former Palm Springs police officer and lounge entertainer, to assassinate Chippendales show producer Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett).

Banerjee was frustrated with De Noia’s success after parting ways with Banerjee to start the hugely lucrative Chippendales live tour. The pair had agreed to a deal written on the back of a napkin whereby De Noia would receive 50 percent of the touring Chippendales’ profits.

On April 7, 1987, 46-year-old De Noia was shot dead in his midtown Manhattan office by a man posing as a messenger. The man who pulled the trigger wasn’t Colon, it was Gilberto Rivera Lopez, someone Colon had hired.

Colon was also involved in setting fire to a rival Los Angeles strip club called Osko’s, but very little damage was sustained and the club continued to be a huge success.

Speaking at A&E’s Secrets of the ChippendalesColon shared, “He asked me if I could burn it down. I could understand why he wanted it [burned] because it was full, but it was huge – three times the size of Chippendales. So he threw down $7,000…I just took it.

Although his greatest rival was gone, Banerjee didn’t stop at De Noia.

In the 1990s, Banerjee plotted to kill Michael Fullington, a former Chippendales dancer and choreographer, and two other ex-Chippendales dancers, Read Scot and Steve White. They were then part of rival dance group Adonis which toured the UK in July 1991.

I speak in the Discovery+ documentation curse of chippendales, Scot recalled being pulled off the stage at an Adonis show in London.

He shared that a detective then told him: “There is a contract for your life. It will be a cyanide injection…[Someone] will approach you and inject you with a needle.”

The hit-and-run conspiracy was uncovered when a man codenamed “Strawberry” was told by authorities to the FBI that he had been hired by Banerjee to carry out the murder and that Colon had given him a bottle of cyanide for the murder.

Through Strawberry, the FBI was led to Colon, who eventually began cooperating as an informant. He managed to obtain Banerjee’s confession for conspiring to murder Fullington, Scot and White and for orchestrating De Noia’s death. Colon also managed to secure Lopez’s murder confession regarding De Noia.

Banerjee was charged with three arson attempts that resulted in minor damage at two competing bars: Moody’s Disco in Santa Monica in 1979 and the Red Onion Restaurant & Bar in Marina del Rey in 1985. He had aborted the third attempt at another competing bar .

Colon pleaded guilty to the charges arising out of the conspiracy to commit murder and agreed to testify against Banerjee in exchange for reduced sentences.

Banerjee pleaded guilty to charges of attempted arson, extortion and contract killing. He accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

But on October 23, 1994, just hours before his sentencing, Banerjee was found dead in his prison cell, having committed suicide. He was 47 years old.

Where is Ray Colon now?

After Banerjee’s death in 1994, Colon served two years in federal prison and house arrest. In June 1996 he was officially released.

Lopez, who pulled the trigger, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Speaking at A&E’s Secrets of the Chippendales MurdersColon recalled organizing Nick De Noia’s murder and described it as the moment he “sold his soul.”

“I should have stopped at that point, but I didn’t,” he said.

Unfortunately, very little is known about Ray Colon’s whereabouts today.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, you can get free, confidential help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours a day, every day. Or dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

New episodes of Welcome to Chippendales Premieres Tuesdays on Hulu.

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Rick Schindler

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