Framed in Monte Carlo

How I Was Wrongfully Convicted for a Billionaire's Fiery Death

Framed in Monte Carlo
Michael Griffith, Bill Hayes, Ted Maher, Jennifer Thomas
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As featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, Inside Edition, and 48 Hours, the shocking true story of banker Edmond Safra' s death and the man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the crime. When billionaire banker Edmond Safra died in the ashes of Monaco' s La Belle Epoque on December 3, 1999, the event made international headlines--for many reasons. One, of course, was the sheer wealth of the Lebanese mogul and his formidable presence in the international banking world. But the more seductive reason for the worldwide attention was the strange and intriguing way Safra died--ensconced within the armored walls of his vigilantly secured residence in the "safest city in the world. "At 4:45 in the morning, a firestorm gutted Safra' s opulent Monte Carlo penthouse, trapping--and killing--Safra and one of his nurses, Vivian Torrente. The fire was ruled arson. Safra' s death, the result. The person responsible: ex-Green Beret Ted Maher, another of Safra' s nurses. Or so he stood accused. The true details concerning the bizarre circumstances that led to Safra' s death and the subsequent conviction and imprisonment of Ted Maher are contained within the pages of Framed in Monte Carlo: Why I Spent Eight Years in Prison for a Murder I Did Not Commit. It features play-by-play of the night Edmond Safra died, as well as Maher' s sham of a trial and his subsequent imprisonment for seven years and eight months. Dangerous French prisons, prison breaks straight out of The Great Escape, daily strip searches, and more pepper the pages of Framed in Monte Carlo. After Maher had already served over ninety-five percent of his sentence, the chief investigative judge publicly denounced Maher' s trial as a sham, one the judge himself had participated in. Ted was freed and his name was cleared - at least officially. But his business is unfinished. Now, for the first time ever, hear the facts straight from the source, including never-before-released details. The biggest question remains: who did kill Edmond Safra? With names like Vladimir Putin being legitimately put forth, the authors' conclusions will shock you.
"True crime fans, convinced or not of the author' s innocence, will be entertained. " -Publishers Weekly "Maher' s compelling work reads like a mystery novel full of twists and turns; the author also describes how foreigners are often at a disadvantage when it comes to navigating a justice system with which they may be unfamiliar. VERDICT An absorbing tale for true crime fans-hand this one to readers captivated by the Amanda Knox case or the Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer. "-Library Journal
TED MAHER is an ex-Green Beret who became a private nurse to billionaire banker Edmond Safra. Wrongfully convicted for Safra' s death, he was imprisoned abroad for almost eight years. BILL HAYES is a bestselling nonfiction author, featured in documentary films and TV shows and for his extensive knowledge in a variety of fields. He received the prestigious Silver Spoke Award for his body of literary work in the motorcycling community. JENNIFER THOMAS is an award-winning author, editor, designer, and publisher. With a BA from Columbia University and a Specialized Certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego, she has produced dozens of books of every genre, including her and Hayes' Hullabaloo!, Triumphs and Tragedies, and Butterfly Tears. MICHAEL GRIFFITH, Esq. is a partner of the International Legal Defense Counsel whose high-profile clients include Billy Hayes-the man whose story inspired the Oliver Stone movie Midnight Express. An international criminal law expert, he has counseled individuals imprisoned in dozens of countries. He has been featured in major media outlets about his famous cases and expertise-60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Dateline, 20/20, Good Morning America, TheNew York Times, and TheWashington Post, to name a few.