Trump Deputy Drugged Rival So He Could Read Documents
Donald Trump’s head of acquisitions, Abe Wallach, doped a rival with sleeping pills during a plane ride so he could get at documents in the man’s briefcase. This happened when Trump was buying the General Motors Building.
Vicky Ward tracks the “rich pageant of human excess” in “The Liar’s Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World’s Toughest Tycoons,” out in October from John Wiley & Sons.
Wallach told Ward he became worried that he gave his rival too big a dose and that his victim might never wake up.
“This is an exposé of the kill-or-be-killed world of these real-estate tycoons — the dark side of capitalism,” Ward told me.
The location on Fifth Avenue, across from the Plaza Hotel, was bad luck for Boss Tweed, who went to jail before he could develop the site.
Trump briefly owned the building with Indiana businessman Stephen Hilbert, who, Ward reminds us, “married the woman who jumped out of his son’s birthday cake.”