Widow and Murder Suspect Gets Control of $10M Fortune


Miamiā€”A suspect in the death of a Fort Lauderdale businessman worth $10 million has received control of his fortune, despite relatives’ attempts to prevent the inheritance.

Narcy Novack is under suspicion in the mysterious death of her husband, Ben Novack Jr. who was found dead in a suburban New York hotel room last summer. Narcy Novack discovered the body, which had been bludgeoned and bound with duct tape, upon returning to their room at the Hilton Rye Town hotel in Westchester County, N.Y., after breakfast. Ben Novack, 52, owned a convention planning business called Convention Concepts Unlimited, and was overseeing a conference he had helped to organize.

Although she has not been arrested or charged in the killing, Narcy Novack has been accused by several relatives of killing Ben Novack in order to gain control of his fortune, and the estate of her mother-in-law, Bernice Novack, who died three months earlier.

Bernice Novack’s death was ruled accidental. An anonymous letter sent to Rye Brook, N.Y. detectives and released last week, however, alleges that both Bernice and Ben Novack were killed by Narcy Novack, along with an accomplice, and details both killings.

Relatives of the slain man, including his daughter, May Abad, and an aunt, Maxine Fiel, believe that Narcy Novack is complicit in Ben Novack Jr.’s killing based on the couple’s tumultuous marriage. In 2002, Narcy Novack tied her husband to a chair, threatened to kill him, and took money form his safe. It is also believed that he was having an affair at the time of his death.

Abad and other relatives had filed a lawsuit asking that Narcy Novack be removed from her position as executrix of the estate, naming Florida’s so-called slayer statute, under which a killer cannot receive an inheritance from the victim. Yet Broward Probate Judge Charles M. Green dismissed the suit on Monday.

This means that Narcy Novack is free to sell her deceased husband’s assets, including a home, a boat and a collection of Batman memorabilia.

Narcy Novack has accused Abad of the killing, a charge which the daughter denies.

Novack Jr. was the son of the late founder of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, which was constructed in 1954, and grew up in the hotel’s penthouse.


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