But before LSD Island could be made a reality, Hitch was arrested for tax fraud, and he ratted out the rest of the Brotherhood in return for a reduced sentence, destroying the entire enterprise. And that's why you never trust a Wall Street guy, hippies.
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A Lawyer Assassinated Her Son-In-Law To Protect 50 Years' Worth Of Insane Lies
Back in the early '80s, Jacques Perrot had it all. He was one of the best-known lawyers in Paris, BFFs with Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, and had just married celebrity jockey Darie Boutboul. Her mother was another high-society lawyer, Elisabeth Cons-Boutboul, and her father was Robert Boutboul, who had sadly died in a plane crash when Darie was a child. Perrot eventually discovered that the family he'd married into had a dark secret. Or to be more specific, the entire family was one big dark secret.
Perrot wasn't the best husband, and had slightly more affairs than were deemed acceptable in France. Against the wishes of her mother, who had made her fortune working for various Catholic organizations, Darie filed for divorce. During the vicious custody battle over their three-year-old son, Perrot hired an investigator to dig up dirt on his wife. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he became frightened for his life. He instructed his friends to insist on an autopsy if he died. Only days later, on his way to meet with his mother-in-law, Perrot was found shot to death. Two bullets in his head, one in his heart.
Didn't need an autopsy to figure out what happened there.
The murder gripped Parisian high society, but police couldn't find enough evidence to arrest anyone. Until 1989, when they found a known hitman floating in Le Havre harbor. And who did this killer have in his address book? None other than Madam Elisabeth Cons-Boutboul ... 's butcher. As it turns out, Cons-Boutboul had been using his phone for clandestine deals. The police finally figured out what had scared Perrot so much: everything about the Boutbols. Everything.
Elisabeth Cons-Boutboul, fabulous Parisian lawyer and card-carrying member of the bourgeoisie, was in truth a pathological liar. For starters, she wasn't even a lawyer, having been disbarred after conning missionaries out of millions. She was also involved in serious money-laundering, had faked five separate cancers, and had fabricated a dead brother as part of a convoluted scheme to avoid tax inspectors. Meanwhile, Darie's prestigious alma mater had no record of her attending, and the "wealthy American" who funded her racing turned out to be a cousin in disguise. But the biggest lie of all had to be Robert Boutboul, who wasn't actually dead. Because Elisabeth couldn't afford the optics of a very un-Catholic divorce, she bribed him to fake his own death, then had him moved into a house a few minutes away. You know, way more sensible than some crazy divorce.
Cons-Boutboul realized Perrot had discovered her web of lies and got rid of him. When the assassin then started running his mouth, she got rid of him too. But even when she was on trial with a mountain of evidence in front of her, the lies only kept coming. She blamed Perrot's death on the Vatican, Opus Dei, the P2 Masonic Lodge, and whoever had left banker Roberto Calvi hanging from a bridge in London. She also faked several heart attacks in front of the judge. She was sentenced to 15 years, but only served five. She was released from prison due to her severely poor health in 1999.
She turned 94 last June.
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