Open up case number 12-4630 in Suffolk Superior Court and the cast of characters stream out like an Agatha Christie mystery: there’s the Swiss heiress, a baron from one of the world’s oldest banks, the former gatekeeper to MIT’s intellectual riches, and arguably the most famous professor at Harvard Business School. At the center of it all is a nondescript laboratory of a company in Fall River called Continuum Energy Technologies where researchers are trying to fulfill an ancient desire to achieve what many consider an impossible feat: change the properties of matter. The heiress, Corinna von Schonau-Riedweg, has sunk $77 million of her fortune into that venture and others related to it, but now she believes she was duped. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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