Synopses & Reviews
Billionaire banker Edmond Safra was a superstar among the worldand#8217;s wealthy elite, until he was mysteriously killed in a fire that consumed his lavish Monte Carlo penthouse. His nurse, former Green Beret Ted Maher, woke up the next morning bloodied and blamed. Now Maher breaks his silence about what really happened that fateful night, offering an insiderand#8217;s look into Safra's last days and Tedand#8217;s ongoing fight to reveal the truth, answering long-speculated questions in this shocking true crime story.
The mysteries surrounding Safraand#8217;s death were complex, with no shortage of potential suspects, from the Russian Mafia to Colombian drug cartels. Disputed events ignited a heated global controversy and threatened to tarnish Monacoand#8217;s image as a safe haven for the rich and famous. Ted Maher was held solely responsible for the crime.
Tedand#8217;s journey from a dream job on the Cand#244;te dand#8217;Azure to a surreal nightmare of betrayal and deception has more levels of intrigue than a blockbuster spy thriller. With details the media couldnand#8217;tand#151;or wouldnand#8217;tand#151;reveal, A Privileged Witness opens a portal into the luxurious life of the Safras and a hard hard look into the 2,886 days of Maherand#8217;s ordeal. It's the final chance for an innocent man to clear his name.
Edmond J. Safra has been listed by Forbes
magazine as one of the 200 wealthiest individuals in the world. Safra was high-profile in the international banking community and beyond. He died just weeks after he agreed to sell his bank business to HSBC Holdings, the biggest British banking company, for a record $9.9 billion.
A jet-setter with homes in Geneva, Monaco, New York, and Paris, Safra lived in constant fear for his life. As a wealthy Jew, he feared that he was and#147;a target for kidnapping and Arab terroristsand#8221; according to his friend and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Tragically he met his end in a bizarre blaze that swept through La Belle Epoque, his luxury Monaco penthouse, in the early hours of December 9th, 1999. International media quickly speculated that his death was the direct result of the Russian mafia, Muslim fundamentalists, or other militants.
For the first time Safraand#8217;s nurse and former Green Beret Ted Maher breaks his silence about what really happened that fateful morning. This book offers an insiderand#8217;s look into Edmond Safra's last days, answering long speculated upon questions in this fascinating, tragic story.
About the Author
, former Green Beret and neo-natal nurse, received his nursing degree from Pace University and worked at Columbia Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital. A nurse to billionaire banker Edmond Safra, Maher was accused of staging the events and setting the fire that caused Safraand#8217;s death. He is now back in the United States and maintains his innocence to this day.
Bill Hayes, a renowned motorcycle culture historian, received the prestigious Silver Spoke Award for his literary work in the motorcycling community, with four books on the subject, including the bestselling The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and American Biker: The History, the Clubs, the Lifestyle, the Truth. Hayes has also authored several award-winning biographies, including Hullabaloo!: The Life and (Mis)Adventures of L.A. Radio Legend Dave Hull and Triumphs and Tragedies: A True Story of Wealth and Addiction. He holds a degree in English Literature and lives in Redondo Beach, California.
Jennifer Thomas holds a B.A. degree from Columbia University and is the owner of Beyond Words Editing and Final Word Press. Thomas is the author of the inspirational Butterfly Tears: Stories of Entrapment to Empowerment and with Hayes, the co-author of Hullabaloo!, Triumphs and Tragedies and American Biker. Thomas lives in Redondo Beach, California.