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The widow pleads not guilty
The widow pleads not guilty

As Robin might say: Holy whodunits! Ben Novack Jr. loved his Batman memorabilia. His collection was reportedly the second largest in the world.

He could afford it. He owned a successful Fort Lauderdale, Fla., convention planning firm, and his father, Ben Novack Sr., founded Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau Hotel.

On July 12, 2009, Novack visited a hotel for the last time. He was beaten to death with a dumbbell in a suburban New York hotel while on business. His estate was worth a purported $7 million.

His wife, Narcy, said the murder happened while she was at breakfast.

But prosecutors contend the widow Novack skipped the bacon and eggs. Actually, she'd hatched a murder-for-hire plan and watched as paid hit men killed her husband, prosecutors alleged. She has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial on charges that could mean life in prison.

In the aftermath, investigators revisited the death of Novack's mother, Bernice, found in a pool of blood in her Fort Lauderdale home three months before her son died. Initially believed an accident, the local medical examiner has reclassified it a homicide. Narcy Novack has been charged with masterminding that murder as well.

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