Ben Novack Jr., the subject of the Lifetime TV movie Beautiful & Twisted, was the heir to the glitzy Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. As an adult he built his own lucrative company, Convention Concepts Unlimited. He married a stripper named Narcy (born Narcisa Cira Veliz Pacheco in Ecuador). It was a strange, tumultuous marriage that lasted nearly 20 years. Worried that Ben was going to divorce her (he was having an affair with a porn actress), Narcy orchestrated the brutal killing of Ben Novack Jr. and his mother Bernice Novack. Narcy hoped to inherit the family estate. Now that she’s serving a life sentence in prison, the estate goes to Narcy’s daughter (Ben’s stepdaughter) May Abad and her two adult sons.
According to an order of forfeiture signed in White Plains federal court by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas, Ben Novack’s estate includes:
- Two adjoining properties owned by Ben Novack on Delmar Place in Fort Lauderdale ($2.7M), and Bernice Novack’s home at 2757 NE 37th Drive in Fort Lauderdale ($736k);
- Nine cars, including a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a 1962 Ford coupe, a 1970 Jaguar XK E Series II, a 1988 Jaguar XJ SC V12 and a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, plus a Honda scooter;
- A tenth car, a 1977 Lincoln that was remodeled into a Batmobile, the largest item in a valuable collection of Batman memorabilia;
- A yacht named “White Lightning” and a 35-foot, two-level barge;
- Merrill Lynch accounts and payouts from life insurance policies for both Ben Novack Jr. and Bernice Novack;
- Comerica Bank and UBS Bank accounts in Ben Novack’s and Bernice Novack’s names, and a Bank of America account in the name of Ben Novack’s company; and
- Cash totaling $95,500 stolen from Ben Novack’s suite at the Hilton Rye Town the day after he was killed.