FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A woman already charged with orchestrating the brutal slaying of her wealthy hotel heir husband in New York was accused by a prosecutor yesterday of plotting a similar beating death of her mother-in-law in Florida, all in hopes of reaping millions of dollars from their wills.
Narcy Novack, 53, and her brother hired two men to assault her 86-year-old mother-in-law, who was beaten to death with a monkey wrench at her Florida home in April 2009, Assistant US Attorney Elliott Jacobson said at a Novack’s New York bail hearing.
Three months later, her husband, Ben Novack, was beaten to death, at a suburban New York hotel, his eyes gouged out with a utility knife on her orders, Jacobson said.
Narcy Novack stood to inherit about $10 million after her husband’s death.
Bernice Novack’s death had twice been ruled an accident by the Broward County medical examiner, despite her jaw being broken and her blood being smeared on her car and the walls of her house.
Jacobson said the new conclusion was reached after the Westchester County, N.Y., medical examiner looked at the evidence.