A Privileged Witness
The Truth about Billionare
Edmond Safra's Death
by Ted Maher with Bill Hayes
and Jennifer Thomas
Billionaire banker Edmond Safra was a superstar among the world’s wealthy elite, until he was mysteriously killed on December 3, 1999, in a fierce 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 and during his persecution that followed. This book offers an insider’s look into Safra's last days and Ted’s ongoing fight to reveal the truth, answering long-speculated questions in this fascinating and shocking true crime story.
The mysteries surrounding Safra’s death were complex. There was no shortage of potential suspects, from the Russian Mafia to Colombian drug cartels. The disputed events ignited a heated global controversy and threatened to tarnish Monaco’s golden image as a safe haven for the rich and famous. Yet Ted Maher, the American, was held solely responsible for the crime.
Ted’s journey from a dream job on the Côte d’Azure to a surreal nightmare of betrayal and deception has more levels of intrigue and suspense than a blockbuster spy thriller. With all the details the media couldn’t—or wouldn’t—reveal, including two kidnappings, two hunger strikes and a nail-biting prison break, A Privileged Witness opens two doors: a platinum portal into the luxurious life of the Safras and a hard iron cell gate into the 2,814 days of Ted Maher’s ordeal. It also provides the final chance for an innocent man to clear his name.
"A work of non-fiction that reads like the kind of novel from which blockbuster
movies are made, “A Privileged Witness: The Truth About Billionaire Edmond Safra’s Death”
is a compelling and absorbing read from beginning to end. Impressively well written,
organized and presented, “A Privileged Witness” is highly recommended for community
— Midwest Book Review
Ted Maher, former Green Beret and neo-natal nurse, received his nursing degree from Pace University and worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. A nurse to billionaire banker Edmond Safra, Maher was accused of staging the events and setting the fire that caused Safra’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 BA 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.
Nonfiction, 6 x 9, 320 pages
4 page photo insert
LC# 2014957547, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-499-4 (hc), $24.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-500-7 (eBook), $24.95