Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Glamorous Life and Grisly Death of Ben Novack Jr.

The Arrest and Federal Press Release

Nearly a year to the date of the gruesome murder of Ben H. Novack Jr., the FBI released a statement that alleged a far-flung conspiracy to kidnap and kill Novack. The team of people — four, later growing to five — crossed state lines to New York to do the deed. And authorities maintained that the power behind it all was Narcy Novack.

Janet DiFiore
Janet DiFiore

Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County stated: "What transpired on the morning of July 12, 2009, in Ben Novack's hotel room was nothing short of a calculated plot." George Venizelos, the acting Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI New York Field office, stated: "The killing of Ben Novack was not a spur-of-the-moment crime of passion. It was the end game of considerable planning."

Though, in the year leading up the arrests, police and investigators had made public statements that Narcy Novack was not a suspect, the indictment revealed that she was the alleged ringleader and that the whole crime appeared to be a family affair.

On July 2, alleged the indictment, Narcy drove from Florida with her brother Cristobal Veliz to New York and "scouted the Hilton Hotel in preparation for the attack." The duo returned again on July 9. But there were other suspected conspirators as well.


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