Greetings from New York! While I am still recovering from considerable jetlag I believe I am ready to take on this fabulous modern city, and with no end of intrigue.
Now to the case; Richard Bingley, a well-established hundred millionaire in Wall Street investment, has gone missing and is assumed dead after a man of his description was seen jumping off of Brooklyn Bridge. However his old partner, James Spalding, who I met today, refuses to believe that ‘Dick’ was suicidal – even after he resigned from his firm in disgrace and with litigation following him after he was revealed to have committed massive accounting fraud.
If he was murdered, prime suspicion points to his bitter wife who to her knowledge was the beneficiary of the bulk of will, although the will was altered shortly prior and most of the money strangely went to his rather estranged daughter Jane. Jane now runs the Bingley Foundation, an organization which provides health services in impoverished nations but which caused a rift in the family; Richard, the primary beneficiary, saw the foundation as more of a ‘tax dodge’ while Jane insisted that it do its bidding and serve the local populations in Botswana and Costa Rica. The alteration of the will – done in secret – was witnessed by his son Rupert, a lawyer at the firm who attests that his father was depressed and possibly suicidal; he was willing to send me the details for the other witnesses to the will as well.
Soon I will meet with his daughter Jane because as the beneficiary she has the original copy of the will. She is in the process of receiving a public policy master’s degree in Global Health at New York University. To think she has all this newly acquired wealth and she lives in a humble student dormitory!