Marriage

He Was a Boxer and Married to the Mob. He Wasn’t Prepared for Guardianship. – The New York Times

Summary

In their petition to be appointed Marvin’s guardians, the grandnieces described him as incapacitated, having dementia and unable to maintain a conversation or remember information told to him.

Marvin said it had been his choice to live in the basement. He had a television and exercise equipment there, and a futon frame piled with mattresses. But when Todd showed him the photo of himself taken shortly afterward, shirtless, Marvin …….

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In their petition to be appointed Marvin’s guardians, the grandnieces described him as incapacitated, having dementia and unable to maintain a conversation or remember information told to him.

Marvin said it had been his choice to live in the basement. He had a television and exercise equipment there, and a futon frame piled with mattresses. But when Todd showed him the photo of himself taken shortly afterward, shirtless, Marvin was distressed to see how thin he was. “When I look at it, it indicates that I wasn’t getting food,” he said, “because my bones are showing.”

There were also financial questions. Four months earlier, in July 2018, with cancer ravaging Anita’s body, someone had helped Marvin change his will to leave the Dyker Heights house, worth more than $1.2 million, entirely to the grandnieces, rather than to be shared among the two families, as it had been before. Other accounts were also changed to favor Anita’s family, including the beneficiaries of Anita’s will and $368,000 in life insurance policies, Todd said.

That Friday, a few days after Todd’s initial visit, Todd and his older brother, Ralph, who lived in New York City, showed up at the Dyker Heights house and announced they were taking their father to lunch. Instead, they began the tour of Marvin’s banks to remove his assets.

Police officers, notified by Anita’s family, sent Todd text messages telling him to bring Marvin to a police precinct. They reported to a precinct in Manhattan, then to one in Brooklyn, and then to a hospital, because Marvin’s blood pressure was “off the charts,” Todd said. Finally, sometime around 2 a.m. and without warning his mother, Todd took his father to the apartment he was sharing with Felicia, in the Upper East Side building where Todd grew up.

It was the first time Marvin and Felicia had seen each other in at least a decade.

Todd said he was only protecting his father’s assets. In their guardianship petition, the grandnieces accused Todd and his brother of “exercising undue influence and duress” over Marvin to get hold of his money, saying he “cannot maintain a conversation of any length because he cannot remember the information shared with him and consequently loses the thread of the discussion.”

Marvin saw Anita only once more, when he returned to the house a few days after Thanksgiving to get his medications. In a very short video recorded on Todd’s cellphone, Marvin stands over her bed, apparently having told her he was leaving. “If you think I’m going to beg you,” she can be heard saying, “I’m not.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/nyregion/marvin-stein-mafia-guardianship.html