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Florida Millionaire Brutally Killed on Business Trip. Wife Wanted Him Dead for Money?
A young Florida woman goes from being down on her luck to becoming the wife of a millionaire. But nearly two decades later, the reported stripper-turned-millionaire’s wife would be accused of plotting the beating death of her wealthy husband while the two are away on a business trip in Rye Brook, New York.
Ben Novack Jr. was the son of prominent hotelier and businessman, Ben Novack Sr., the onetime owner of Miami Beach’s famous, lavish Fontainebleau hotel. In the early 80’s after his father lost the luxury South Florida hotel to bankruptcy, Novack Jr. branched out on his own starting a successful, thriving convention planning business, Convention Concepts Unlimited. The majority of Novack Jr.’s wealth was earned planning conventions for Amway International.
A native of Ecuador, Narcy Novack, was reportedly a stripper when she met Ben Novack Jr. The two were married shortly after in 1991. According to reports, Ben Novack Jr. treated his wife’s biological daughter as his own and by all accounts they were living a glamorous life of wealth and privilege in Fort Lauderdale, all working together in the multi-million dollar business. That bond would soon be broken and there would be trouble in paradise. According to the Miami Herald, allegations of spousal abuse, never proven, affairs and even a divorce filing that was later dropped, sent the mansion of cards tumbling.
Robbery or Twisted Sex Game Gone Wrong?
In the wee hours of June 2002 Fort Lauderdale police fielded an emergency call from Ben Novack Jr. insisting he was the victim of a home invasion robbery set in motion by his wife, Narcy Novack. According to the incident report, Ben Novack details a 25 hour nightmare in which he claims he was bound, gagged and blindfolded all while handcuffed to a chair in his bedroom by several men who gained access to the home through his wife, Narcy.
Novack says he was held at gunpoint while his wife demanded all her personal belongings, $440,000 in company petty cash funds secured in the safe, company records, personal papers and documents were removed from the home. When police insisted on dispatching officers to the home, Novack refused the help saying the house was under watch and he received death threats warning if cops showed up he would be killed. After finally getting inside the home, police found a disheveled Ben Novack with cuts on his lips and redness on his wrists. A floor safe was wide open and cleaned out. In the master bedroom cops found a reclining chair surrounded by ropes and binding items, including handcuffs. Other rooms throughout the home were also cleaned out of Narcy Novack’s things, like her clothing and personal items. After attempting multiple telephone sting operations on his wife hoping to implicate her in the robbery, Narcy Novack had a much different story to tell police.
When Fort Lauderdale detectives finally got Narcy Novack to come to headquarters to answer to the robbery claims, she was armed with bags and boxes of explicit photos and magazines she alleges are part of her husband’s sex fetishes and the couple’s twisted sex games, including bondage. Narcy Novack told investigators many of their nights involved handcuffing each other to the very chair where Ben Novack reports he was held captive for hours in a home invasion. And it wasn’t only sex games Novack told cops about, she also claimed the relationship was violent, alleging physical abuse and claiming she was tricked into getting breast implants. Narcy Novack insisted the alleged home invasion was just another sex game. But Novack’s changing story just didn’t add up, according to the incident report, and when cops confronted her it appeared there was more of a volatile history between the couple. Narcy Novack threatened to expose her husband’s sex fetishes and other secrets if he went through with prosecuting her. In the end, Ben Novack signed papers agreeing to drop the case and the two decided to reconcile. But that wouldn’t last for long.
Deadly Business Trip
As reports of an affair between Ben Novack Jr. and another woman surfaced and arguments in the workplace between Novack and wife, Narcy, erupted, authorities believe Narcy Novack became terrified her husband was going to leave her and cut her out of his multi-million dollar estate, estimated between $6 and $10 million. As beneficiary of his will, Ben Novack’s death was the only way Novack would be able to get her hands on all that money. Reportedly there was a prenup that would leave her with only six figures. And it was on a July 2009 business trip authorities say Narcy Novack put a plan in motion to get rid of her wealthy husband. Ben and Narcy Novack and Narcy’s daughter jetted off to the suburbs of New York City to oversee an Amway convention they organized at the Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. On the morning of July 12 with thousands of guests on hand to attend the convention and problems arising, there was no sign of the man in charge, Ben Novack Jr. Reportedly a stickler for perfection and a workaholic, it was odd for Novack to be out of sight. The answer to Novack’s absence would be found upstairs in suite 453. Novack was found beaten to death on the hotel room floor, covered in blood, duct-taped around his face, legs and his hands bound behind his back.
According to a federal indictment, Narcy Novack claims her husband pulled an all nighter not falling asleep until 6:30am, the morning of the Sunday convention. Novack claims 30 minutes later she left Ben Novack sleeping and went down to breakfast. At 7:40 am, Narcy Novack says she came back to the room and found her husband unresponsive on the floor. According to reports it was a frenetic scene. Narcy Novack was reportedly screaming and throwing herself on the floor. Court documents reveal Narcy Novack blamed the murder on her husband’s enemies and his business dealings with weird people, including a comic book collector she claims had volatile negotiations with her husband over a $43,000 comic book. The day after the murder, New York State Police gave Narcy Novack a polygraph and the results “showed indications of deception”.
The indictment alleges Narcy Novack and 4 others, her brother, Cristobal Veliz, another relative, Denis Ramirez, another man, Joel Gonzalez, and a fourth man, unidentified because he is cooperating with authorities, plotted for weeks to kill Ben Novack Jr. The indictment alleges during the first full week of July the men drove from South Florida to Rye Brook, New York, scouting the Hilton hotel to prepare for the attack. On the day of the alleged murder, July 12, Narcy Novack placed a call to her brother, Cristobal Veliz. Novack then opened the door to her suite, allegedly watching as Ben Novack was beaten, cut and bound. Novack is also accused of giving the alleged killers a pillow to place over her husband’s face as he was being attacked. She also allegedly handed over her husband’s diamond bracelet. And to top it all off, there’s reportedly surveillance video of the alleged killers leaving the hotel room.
As New York State police, Fort Lauderdale police and federal authorities launched a massive multi-agency investigation spanning months, Narcy Novack reportedly made a few suspicious moves, including taking more than $100,000 of company money, emptying out her dead husband’s Bank of America safety deposit boxes and moving his prized million-dollar Batman memorabilia collection. There were even allegations of plots to kill Ben Novack’s stepdaughter and her sons, beneficiaries of Novack’s estate in the event Narcy Novack was charged with Ben Novack’s death. Almost one year to the day Ben Novack Jr. was found murdered, FBI agents swooped in arresting Narcy Novack at her Fort Lauderdale home. Up north, Novack’s brother, Cristobal Veliz and another defendant are arrested in Brooklyn, New York. No details are available about the unidentified man now cooperating with authorities, referred to as “CC-1” in the criminal indictment and no longer named a defendant. The fourth suspect, Joel Gonzalez, was a 24 hour fugitive, arrested July 9 in Miami. Interestingly, the four defendants are not facing murder counts at this time, instead charged with conspiracy to commit interstate domestic violence and stalking. Additional charges, including murder, could follow. Narcy Novack has been extradited to New York, where her husband Ben Novack was killed, to face felony charges.
In a stunning twist, federal prosecutors revealed at a bond hearing for Narcy Novack she stood by and watched the brutal attack on her husband, insisting the alleged killers cut out his eyes with a knife and “finish him off.” Bond was denied.
Another Murder Linked to Dead Millionaire’s Wife? All in the Family?
In a stunning twist, another death within the family just months before Ben Novack’s alleged murder is now being linked to Narcy Novack. Three months before Ben Novack was found dead in a Westchester County hotel room, his mother, 87-year-old Bernice Novack, was found dead in her Fort Lauderdale home. At the time, the county coroner ruled her death an accident, citing a series of falls. Although Fort Lauderdale police closed the investigation, some in the Novack family, including Ben Novack Jr. were suspicious. And it wasn’t until Ben Novack’s brutal death that Bernice Novack’s case was reopened. Not only did investigators receive an anonymous letter insisting that Bernice Novack’s death was a homicide, but witnesses came forward allegedly confessing Narcy Novack was behind the murder plot, getting them to ambush the family’s matriarch as she stepped out of her car, beating her with a wrench. Her jaw was reportedly broken and blood was later found smeared on her car and on the walls of her home. Federal prosecutors also brought up the allegations in open court at Narcy Novak’s bond hearing, linking her to her mother-in-law’s death, just three months before her millionaire son’s murder. Bernice Novack’s death has now officially been ruled a homicide.
For years, Ben Novack Jr. made a successful living planning major conventions across the country. But little did he know a 2009 convention in Rye Brook, New York would be his last and according to federal prosecutors, it would be at the hands of his wife of 19 years, Narcy Novack.
We Want Justice for Ben Novack Jr.!