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I Want To Be Haunted By Your Ghost: Sam Waksal’s Creepy Apartment Bought By Blackstone Managing Director

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Its two previous tenants have been arrested. It’s got a secret, illegal stairway sealed up behind sheetrock. The interior—from private foyer, to huge living room leading into a skylighted bedroom—sounds like the place Al Pacino called home in the Devil’s Advocate. You can almost smell the brimstone and see the mouldings moving in time with the crooked deals that were certainly made there.
So it’s not exactly surprising that it took a while for Sam Waksal’s old apartment to find a new buyer. Waksal is the co-founder of ImClone who peaded guilty to insider trading, securities fraud and tax evasion, and is serving out an 87-month sentence. The place was picked up by an earlier buyer a couple of years ago, and has been on the market ever since.
And its not just Waksal’s ghost that haunts the place. We imagine you can probably feel the spirits of the not-yet-dead but caught-up-with-Waksal/ImClone folks like Martha Stewart, Carl Icahn and Peter E. Bacanovic. In fact, maybe we should ask the new buyer, Blackstone real estate adviser A.J. Agarwal, if DealBreaker can have a tour of the place.

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[New York Observer]