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Widow Convicted of Plotting Millionaire Husband’s Murder

After a nine week trial, Fort Lauderdale woman Narcy Novack was found guilty yesterday of orchestrating the murder of her husband Ben Novack Jr., 53, an heir to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune, and his elderly mother, Berenice Novack.  Also convicted was her brother, Cristobal Veliz.  Both were found guilty on multiple counts relating to plotting the killing, but acquitted on a count of felony murder.

In April, 2009, Berenice Novack, 87, was found dead in the laundry room of her Florida home.  Ben would never get a chance to act on his suspicions regarding his mother’s death, which was ruled an accident. On July 12, 2009, two hit men and several others entered the Rye, NY., hotel room where the Novacks were staying on business and bludgeoned Ben with hand weights.  They then bound him with tape, and following Narcy’s instructions, cut out his eyes.  At the time of his gruesome death, Ben was having an affair with porn actress Rebecca Bliss, and Narcy, a former stripper, feared that he would file for divorce and lock her out of his family fortune.

After Ben was dead, Narcy stole over $100,000 from his company. She and Veliz also allegedly tried to frame Narcy’s own daughter, May Abad, for the murder. With Narcy convicted, Abad and her sons now stand to inherit the Novack estate.

Full Story: The Glamorous Life and Grisly Death of Ben Novack Jr.



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