Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Thanks to Julie Kitzmiller for sending me the link to a podcast at AARP on the Brooke Astor case. Brooke Astor: Famous Socialite Robbed is one in a series (this one is #18) of podcasts on "the Perfect Scam". The podcast runs about 25 minutes. Here's a description:
A prominent philanthropist and the epicenter of the New York society scene, Brooke Astor lived a tumultuous but glamourous life. Left a fortune by her third husband, Vincent Astor, Brooke planned to live out her later years at her country estate. But when Brooke’s son refuses to let her do so, then sells his mother’s favorite painting (worth over $30 million), grandson Philip decides to step in. Philip’s efforts to return his grandmother to the country home she loved would uncover one of the most prominent cases of financial elder abuse in U.S. history, with millions lost and a family torn apart.
A time-coded transcript accompanies the podcast and is available here.