It’s incredibly shocking to discover when a wealthy person like a millionaire or billionaire commits a horrific crime. Not a white-collar crime like what Bernie Madoff did, but something truly violent. While poverty is not an excuse for committing crimes, it’s understandable that when people are oppressed, it can lead them to commit unspeakable acts. However, it's not easy to understand why people who seemingly have everything they could ever want would risk losing it all.
Here are ten millionaires (and a billionaire) who committed horrific crimes. Most of these crimes were murder, but how and why these acts were committed is what makes them horrific. Furthermore, many of the victims in these cases were family members. For example, one millionaire on this list was a mother who killed her own son. In more than one of these cases, these criminals shockingly killed the mothers of their own children.
So did they get away with it? Money makes it easier to run, but it doesn’t always make it easier to hide. Ultimately, no one is able to get away with everything, no matter how much you can pony up for the best defense attorneys. If you commit the crime, you have to do the time, even if you think you can pay your way out of it.
10 Robert Durst
Robert Durst is one of the heirs to New York’s largest real estate fortune. In 2001, Durst shot and killed his Galveston, Texas neighbor Morris Black, in what he said was self-dense. Then he dismembered the body and disposed of it in Galveston Bay. Durst served just three years in prison.
9 Jeffrey Epstein
8 O.J. Simpson
7 Gigi Jordan
6 John du Pont
5 Phil Spector
4 Michael Vick
3 Suge Knight
2 Robert Blake
1 Aaron Hernandez
In June 2013, former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez, was charged with first-degree murder. Hernandez was the highest paid tight end in NFL history with a five-year $40 million dollar contract, in addition to a multi-million dollar signing bonus. However, throughout his career, Hernandez was known for questionable and violent behavior off the field. He is currently being tried for the shooting death of Lloyd Odin after an altercation the two had at a South Boston nightclub, in 2012. Odin was a semi- professional football player who was dating Hernandez's fiance's sister. No matter the outcome, it doesn't look like Hernandez will be on the field or anywhere but behind bars any time soon.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, rollingstone.com, nytimes.com, metro.us
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