Estate of Denial news clips (10/18/17)

California Woman Claims She Is Only Living Heir To $15 million Fortune of Writer Who ‘Served As Inspiration for J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield Character in Catcher in the Rye

September 30, 2017

A California woman is claiming that she is the long-lost niece of a New York writer who died two years ago, leaving behind a $15million fortune.

In a further twist, the writer who allegedly is Barbara Sinclair Benson’s uncle, Lamont Buchanan, might have served as inspiration for JD Salinger’s iconic ‘Holden Caulfield’ character from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, reports the New York Daily News.


Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Money in Limbo, Kids Wait for Their Payday


October 1, 2017

Hugh Hefner‘s most prized asset — his ownership of Playboy — could be in flux for a full year.

Hef sold his company, Playboy Enterprises, back in March 2011, but retained a 35% minority ownership in the company. Our Playboy sources tell us there were strings attached to Hef’s shares in the company … strings that affect his children.


San Jose: Fake heiress scam mastermind sentenced to prison (CA)

The Mercury News

October 5, 2017

SAN JOSE — For more than a decade, Shirley Molina played the part of an heiress in need of life-saving medical care she could not otherwise afford because her estate was tied up in probate court.

Promising a thousand-fold repayment for every dollar she received, the Southern California woman and four co-conspirators convinced at least 50 people to hand over more than $6 million. They used the money to pay for their own personal living expenses and other luxuries.


SoCal Family of Las Vegas Shooting Victim Sues to Freeze Gunman’s Assets

NBC Southern California

October 6, 2017

The Santa Clarita family of a man killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting has filed a lawsuit aimed at freezing the gunman’s assets.

John Phippen, 56, of Valencia was killed at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on Sunday when 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.


Future of James Brown’s college scholarship trust remains unsettled in South Carolina courts

Charleston Post Courier

October 7, 2017

Barnwell native son James Brown rose from poverty to become an international star and millionaire many times over during a career that reshaped the music world.

Today, nearly 11 years after his death, the fight over the estate of the “Godfather of Soul” continues in Aiken County.

The case has taken many twists and turns over the years but a central issue — the value of the estate, is still unresolved.