• Razing Hell

    In Provence, France’s highest court orders a showman to destroy his opulent $69 million faux Italianate palazzo There’s something of a “separated at birth” quality to Donald Trump and Patrick Diter. Both made their fortunes in real estate. Both have a brazen if not confrontational and litigious style. Both like their homes to be palatial, […]

  • You Lose-Lautrec! The famous artist’s family gets grifted out of the family château

    Nobody was more Parisian than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the painter who captured the color and sweat of turn-of-the-century Montmartre and its Moulin Rouge scene in a stripped-down working way, where you could taste the absinthe and choke on the Gauloises. Known as the quintessential Parisian rake, Toulouse-Lautrec was actually a transplant, born into an old […]

  • In Cold Blue Blood – The mystery of the missing French aristocrat who vanished after murdering his wife, children, and dogs

    On April 21, 2011, at an elegant three-story town house in the city of Nantes at the western end of the Loire Valley, French police discovered five bodies, all of them members of the notable Dupont de Ligonnès family, including the mother, Agnès, and her four children, Benoît, Anne, Thomas, and Arthur, ages 13 to […]

  • Letter to DSK

    In the summer of 2011, I was asked by GQ to write an open letter to DSK. We all know the story. He’d been arrested in May and cuffed and dumped in Rikers Island soon afterward. Upon release, he’d rented out a rich loft in SOHO to plan his defense. Throughout the summer, the case took on a roller […]