The Gigolo, the Heiress and the 'seven Up' Blackmail Plot
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- 25th September 2009
- 224 pages - 198 x 128 xmm
Sex, blackmail, the mafia, revenge and Nazism - this incredible real-life story has it all. Swiss businessman Helg Sgarbi, an alleged gigolo, grabbed headlines around the world in 2009 when he was sentenced for trying to exhort millions of Euros from former lover Susanne Klatten, the wealthiest woman in Germany and part-owner of BMW. After they began their affair in 2006, Sgarbi claimed that he needed money to pay off a US Mafia don, whose daughter he had allegedly run over in the summer of 2005. Klatten supposedly handed Sgarbi 7 million Euros in a series of plastic folders, using the code phrase 'Seven Up' to prevent Klatten's husband from becoming suspicious. When Klatten ended the relationship, Sgarbi demanded more money from her, threatening to make intimate footage of the two of them available to the press. This is not only an account of blackmail, however, but also of revenge; Sgarbi's father was a Polish Jew forced through slave labour to produce munitions for BMW, the company founded by Klatten's grandfather.The plot thickens further with a string of other society women who were similarly blackmailed, an Italian mastermind alleged to be behind the plot, a cult and the mystery of where the money is currently hidden. A truly fascinating, complicated and intriguing tale, this book tells the story behind the story.
Richard Shears is a prize-winning freelance journalist and a successful photojournalist. Born in England and now based in Australia, he is currently the Senior Foreign Correspondent covering the ANZ, the Pacific and Asia for London's Daily Mail. He has written over 20 books, which have been published in numerous languages and focus on news-orientated topics from around the world. His work includes titles on the disappearance of British tourist Peter Falconio in Australia, the death of Steve Irwin, and the vanishing of baby Azaria Chamberlain.