In Oxygen's "Dying to Belong," investigators and reporters recounted the brutal murder of 53-year-old Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., who was found blugeonded to death in a New York hotel room. When investigators discovered Novack on the morning of July 9, 2012, his limbs were bound with duct tape, and his eyes were completely gouged out.
"It was a horrific scene, very gruesome, very bloody. [...] He was face-down in a pool of blood. He appeared to be hit over the head with some sort of an object. It was just very hard to describe the scene. It was just a complete mess," said Sgt. Terence Wilson, a detective with Rye Brook, New York, police.
"His eyes slid out like grapes — it was a grotesque murder scene," reporter Tara Rosenblum told "Dying to Belong."
Given Novack's financial status, his wife — 53-year-old former stripper Narcy Novack — told detectives the slaying might have been the result of a robbery gone wrong. But due to the violent nature of the murder — and the fact that nothing had been stolen from Novack's hotel room — investigators believed the attack had been personal.
"It was like someone was trying to send a message, someone with a serious grudge," said reporter Shyann Malone.
Detectives soon found out Novack was involved in a heated affair with former sex worker and porn actress Rebecca Bliss. After learning Novack was planning to divorce his wife — and that she would have been barred from the Novack family's multimillion-dollar estate due to a prenuptial agreement — police began investigating her possible involvement in the murder.
Months later, detectives were able to tie Narcy and her older brother — along with two hired hitmen — to Ben Novack's killing.
To find out more about how Narcy was finally caught, watch "Dying to Belong" on Oxygen.
[Photo: Broward Sheriff's Office]