I knew I would forget nothing about this entire story. Ever.
But when I started a journal, they took it from me.
When I started writing again, they confiscated it again.
Every time I wrote anything down, they took it away. I pissed them off so much.
Finally I was brought before the prison director.
“Why are you doing this, Mr. Maher?” he demanded.
“This is my life,” I told him. “I want people to know what’s happened to me!”
He looked confused, then arrogant. Matter-of-fact, indignant.
“But Mr. Maher, no one can know what has been going on in your life…”
“Excuse me?!” My senses raged. “Well, I’m going to make sure that everyone knows!” I screamed. “You can take what I write, you can strip-search me every day, you can tear my cell apart every day. You can keep me in that cell—alone—in my underwear with that hole for a toilet, and you can leave that light on twenty-four hours a day.
But you won’t break me! No matter what you do, I’ll never turn into some feeble little nothing, lying curled up in a ball, filthy and shaking in the corner.”
I pulled a couple more handwritten scraps of paper out of my shirt and threw them at him.
“Here, take these, too! And come back for the next thing I write! I don’t need to write it; it’s all coming from here!” I pointed to my head—my mind, my memory.
“And that’s one thing you bastards can’t take!”
A Privileged Witness
The Truth About Billionaire Edmond Safra’s Death
offers a compelling account of the perfect storm that hit Maher and provides never-before-revealed information.
Billionaire banker Edmond Safra was a superstar among the world’s wealthy elite, until he was mysteriously killed on December 3, 1999, in a fierce fire that consumed his lavish Monte Carlo penthouse.
After the high-profile “Trial of the Century,” Ted spent almost a decade in a foreign prison. Back on U.S. soil as a free man, he is now on a mission to expose all the secrets behind his ordeal in order to have true justice served.
His nurse, former Green Beret Ted Maher, woke up the next morning bloodied and blamed.
surrounding Safra’s death
ignited a heated global controversy,
generating international media frenzy.