Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist and contributor to Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast (not to mention a frequent guest on MSNBC’s Hardball), has admitted to plagiarizing a juicy celebrity death story straight from the pages of The Miami Herald. Jack Shafer at Slate was the first one to notice the…well…lack of discrepancy. Here’s Posner’s article on Fontainebleau heir Ben Novak and his suspicious death for The Daily Beast on February 4th:
There is little doubt the Novacks had a volatile relationship. In 2002, 11 years into their marriage, Narcy and two others tied Ben Jr. to a chair, threatened to kill him and took money from his safe, according to the police report filed at the time.
“If I can’t have you, no one else will,” she told him, according to a divorce petition Ben Jr. filed and then dropped.
Narcy told police investigators at the time that the entire episode was part of a sex game. And she also showed them porno snapshots of women with artificial limbs having sex, claiming her husband had a fetish for them.
And here is the Herald article, written by Julie Brown only two days before: