The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story
a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation---even crime
by Glen Aaron
My Rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Publisher: Glen Aaron
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Print Length: 269 pages
This creative nonfiction book details Glen Aaron’s personal experience in representing a 74-year old Wall Street Journal heiress when she married Ronnie Lee Morgan, a 50-year old gay interior decorator. Ronnie always wanted to be rich. Jackie Bancroft Spencer wanted to spend her last years traveling the world. It sounds like a simple arrangement. It wasn't.
Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story by Glen Aaron
They say truth is stranger than fiction, that we never know what goes on behind those wrought iron gates of the rich and famous and Glen Aaron is here with Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story to prove it. Take a journey with the author as he recounts the lives of two larger-than-life people and his time with them as part attorney, part confessor and part errand boy. Two people, each with their own special desires whose marriage is more like a calculated business merger where each will get what they want from the other.
Ronnie Lee Morgan wanted to be rich and famous, but time after time his material “needs” far outpaced his financial means. Gay, good looking and a “player,” Ronnie never bothered with the realities of his life, he counted on the expertise of attorney Glen Aaron to make bad things go away, all while living in the fantasy world he enjoyed, the world full of self-centered, plastic people, shady business transactions, greed and controversy.
Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan wanted a puppet, well versed in playing the game, being a companion and willing to put up with her eccentric, overpowering ways. Was Ronnie and Jackie’s marriage made in heaven for each of them or were they destined to fall from their self-made pedestals into their own form of Hell? Would Glen go down with them? Was he blind to what was happening or in denial? In a world where money and power is king, excess is queen and caring is the Joker, this tale of two people caught up in themselves and little else is like the voyage of the Titanic, cold, dark and deadly.
Glen Aaron has done a wonderful job of creating a timeline of the events he was part of; giving insight into a tragedy that has already become infamous while avoiding the pitfalls of sensationalizing and titillating his audience. Well written, sometimes with emotion, sometimes in crisp back and white, this tale is both almost too dramatic to seem real while still being an engaging read.
I received this copy from Glen Aaron in exchange for my honest review.