Making Crime Pay, Part 1

The Queen of the Mean
Leona Helmsley, the ruthless queen of New York real estate, meets the IRS tax fraud investigators over her multimillion dollar weekend estate. Leona wormed her way into a fortune as a smart real estate woman who married real estate magnate Harry Helmsley.

Once she was rich, her personality underwent a turn for the worse. She became the self-congratulatory icon for the Helmsley hotel chain advertising.

She was a demanding boss and the people who worked for her feared and hated her. Ultimately, it was her downfall as some of the people she treated badly talked to the IRS about the fraud she was perpetrating. Eventually, the Queen of Mean actually had to serve some jail time which was quite a contrast to her life of luxury.

Billionaire Boys Club
Joe Hunt, young psychopathic genius, and his Beverly Hills prep school chums started the BBC, known as the Billionaire Boys Club in the NBC mini-series, an investment club that was to make a fortune for them and their investors.

A bungled kidnapping that ended in death was just the start of this murderous con game that spun a huge web of deceit.

Martin Frankel
Neurotic weirdo, surrounded by riches and beautiful women, is the mastermind of a $200 million insurance fraud that reached all the way to the Vatican. From his lavish cocoon, he masterminded one of the largest, most bizarre embezzlement schemes in American history, one that rocked the insurance and investment industries and spanned the globe from the unassuming town of Toledo, Ohio, to the gilded dome of the Vatican.

D.B. Cooper
The particulars of legendary D.B. Cooper's clever airborne crime and daredevil getaway have been pondered, picked over and recapitulated for over three decades now.

He hijacked and threatened to blow up an airliner, extorted $200,000 from Northwest Orient, then leaped from the airborne 727 with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his torso and vanished. The crime was perfect if he lived, perfectly crazy if he didn't.

In either case, D.B. Cooper's nom de crimeno may be the most recognized alias among western felons since Jack the Ripper.

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