On May 16, 1990, Richard Lyon was arrested for the murder of his rich wife, Nancy. The high-profile trial that followed of philandering husband Richard exposed the wealthy family’s deepest secrets of incest, adultery, murder and fraud to a scandal-hungry public.
When Saudi prince Al Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud’s male companion was found dead in their posh London hotel suite, Al Saud claimed his friend’s death was an accident. Evidence instead pointed to a Master-Slave affair characterized by extreme violence.
We can now add a new outrageous defense to our law books: “Affluenza,” the state or condition in which a child of wealth and privilege is raised with no consequences for bad behavior. In plain English: A spoiled rich brat can’t be held fully responsible for his actions — let’s start by blaming his parents.
Robert Durst, an eccentric heir to a vast realty fortune, is no stranger to intrigue. His young wife disappeared in 1982, and a close friend who knew too much was found murdered nearly two decades later. Durst was questioned but let go in both cases. On January 28, 2002, Durst was extradited to Texas after being arrested for the murder of his elderly neighbor.