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Mom caught on camera poisoning young son to death in hospital

John Glatt on Crime Watch

Crime Watch Daily investigates the blockbuster case of Lacey Spears, a Kentucky mother who set off on a desperate journey to find a cure for son’s unexplained illnesses.

Watch John Glatt on “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen”

“She always wanted to be looking after children and when she left school, she went into child care, and when she started taking care of children, people would notice how much more time she would spend with the children than everyone else,” said author John Glatt, who wrote My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood.

Review: Live at the Fillmore East & West

Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock’s Greatest Legends

Published: December, 2014

 

Live at the Fillmore East and West

Glatt expands his first book, Rage and Roll: Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock, with this grand history of the Fillmore concert halls of San Francisco and New York City. Using to great effect his original interviews and a wide-ranging selection of previously published material, Glatt presents a definitive analysis of the rock music industry from Fillmore founder Bill Graham’s birth in 1931 to the theaters’ closing 40 years later. As a reference tool, music buffs and casual fans alike will find this volume indispensable. Glatt has spent the better part of 20 years assembling a truly staggering amount of information on a period of music that is often oversimplified as a haze of drugs and sex. Influential though those elements may have been, Glatt focuses instead on a triumphantly thorough chronicle of the business decisions and industry trends that affected the music of a generation, like Janis Joplin’s decision to split with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Though Glatt can’t always manage to organize his prose dramatically, he has nevertheless compiled an exhaustive compendium of fascinating data. Photos. (Dec.)

Publisher’s Weekly

NY Times Review: Miami Vice

John Glatt’s ‘Prince of Paradise,’

By MARILYN STASIO

Published: May 31, 2013

 

NY TImes Review: Miami Vice Summer is no time to be virtuous. So before you pack those classic tomes you’re determined to read on vacation, let me tempt you with a few guilty pleasures.

The murder case John Glatt recounts in lurid detail in THE PRINCE OF PARADISE (St. Martin’s, $26.99) is too bizarre for a work of fiction. In fact, it’s a true crime story, originating at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach and harking back to the fabled era when stars like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra entertained the crowds at the front of the house while mobsters ran the show behind the scenes. Ben Novack Jr., the little prince of the title and one of the murder victims in this sordid story, was the son of the colorful entrepreneur who built the hotel and reigned over his fabulously vulgar empire for almost 25 years.

Pampered but neglected, the child everyone called Benji had famous guests like Jerry Lewis and Ann-Margret for playmates, but no one for a friend. No wonder the kid grew up to be a thoroughly obnoxious man. “Every neighbor hated him,” according to someone who knew him well. “They hated him everywhere.” Novack’s second wife, a former stripper, hated him enough to have him murdered — and his mother for good measure. But while Glatt does a professional job of covering the lonely life and violent death of this unhappy prince, his style is much livelier when he’s writing about Novack’s father, the king of glitz.

John Glatt’s ‘Prince of Paradise,’ and More – NY Times

Oxygen: Live Out Loud interview

John Glatt talks about Ben Novack’s upbringing at the Fontainebleau.

 

WLRN Interview

True Story: a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder at Miami Beach’s Fontaineblueu

 

WLRN Interview: The Prince of Paradise04/16/13 – Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the saga of the famed Miami Beach Fontainebleau Hotel, and the events which ended the lives of its “matriarch” and her son.  Ben Novack, Junior, wasraised in sumptuous Fontainebleau suites.  When the family lost the hotel, he took a second wife:  Narcy.  She was an exotic dancer who performed in Hialeah.  Years later, Narcy Novack executed a plot to kill her widowed mother-in-law and husband to gain their estates.  We’ll speak with journalist John Glatt, author of PRINCE OF PARADISE.  Tuesday 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW: WLRN Interview: True Story: a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau

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Novack murder case chronicled in new book, ‘The Prince of Paradise’

 

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WESTCHESTER – A book chronicling the Narcy Novack murder case is due out this week.

“The Prince of Paradise”by John Glatt details the murder of hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. and exposes parts of Narcy’s hire-to-murder scheme that, according to Glatt, have never before been revealed.

Also featured in the book is a recap of an exclusive interview by News 12 with Narcy Novack while she was behind bars.

VIDEO: Novack murder case chronicled in new book, ‘The Prince of Paradise’

Review: The Prince of Paradise

The True Story of a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder

 

19-the-prince-of-paradisePublishers Weekly
Reviewed on February 11, 2013

From the provocative opening sentence (“When retired police chief James Scarberry heard in July 2009 that Ben Novack Jr. had been brutally murdered, with his eyes gouged out, he was not surprised.”), true-crime veteran Glatt (Love Her to Death) grabs the reader’s attention. With a perfect amount of detail, he traces the sad life of Novack—whose father, Ben Sr., founded Miami Beach’s legendary Fountainebleau Hotel—from an unhappy childhood to his death in 2009 at the age of 53. This is no whodunit—the path that ended with Novack’s savage slaying in a Hilton in Rye, N.Y., was a long one, and he wasn’t the only victim; just months before, Novack’s wife, Narcy, a former stripper determined to take control of the family’s assets (including Novack’s warehouse of valuable Batman memorabilia), orchestrated the brutal killing of his mother, Bernice. In fact, it was a medical examiner’s incredible ruling that the severe head trauma sustained by Bernice was an accident that allowed Narcy to go free long enough to plan her husband’s murder. This gripping account is proof that truth can be stranger—and far more disturbing—than fiction. 8-page b&w photo insert. Agents: Jane Dystel and Miriam Goderich, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.)

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