Aristotle Onassis

Aristotle Onassis

Book - 1977
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Publisher: Philadelphia : Lippincott, c1977
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780397012183
Branch Call Number: 387.5 O58f
Characteristics: x, 372 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fraser, Nicholas 1948-


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Oct 11, 2017

There were many books about Onassis 20 years ago in VPL. Today there is barely any. Here I want to tell you about one book written by Jacques Harvey, a journalist, who personally knew Onassis, who gave him permission to delve into his early life in Smirna, where he was born - Onassis told Harvey he would give him money only if he finds some new info on his life, info which has not been mentioned yet in other books. Harvey succeeded. And when there was that "accident" with the hydroplane of Onassis, and his only son Alexander died of his brain injury, Onassis called on Harvey to investigate the "accident" and gave him money for this. Now, the book I tell you about here is in French, written by Jacques Harvey and the title is: "Sur la piste d'Alexandre." This book has disappeared since from collection; I read it abt 20 yrs ago. This is what Harvey tells us there. The hydroplane was a twin motor one; and at a takeoff from Athens airport, in the ascending part of the takeoff, when the engines work at 110 percent power, the right side engine suddenly failed. So, as the left engine continued to pull, the plane turned to the right, and dived into the ground. The pilot sat in the left seat and survived, but Alexandre, who sat in the right-hand side seat, suffered fatal brain injuries. All this I read in that book written in French. Now, the crime story comes in. Onassis told Harvey he paid an American investigator, who reported to him afterwards that there was no foul play. But Onassis told Harvey he knew the Americans did the coup, they sabotaged the plane, because just before that time Onassis got a huge oil shipping contract from the Saudis, thereby taking away that business deal from the Americans. Harvey went to Athens and talked to technicians at the Greek national airport (Olympia Airways) - they told him that some persons used to come over from the neighboring American air base to drink cold chicken soup with them, fortified with Vodka, and the day before the accident this also happened. Onassis' plane had parked at that Greek airport. (It is a usual sabotage technique with small airplanes that the electrical wiring to the ignition of the motor is weakened, so at takeoff they soon break and the engine stops). Some technician agreed with Harvey to meet him that evening after work hours; he also told Harvey that a street woman also knew things and Harvey was planning to meet that woman. At night, as Harvey went into a restaurant before meeting the Greek technician, suddenly a big American car stopped beside him at the sidewalk, and two big guys like refrigerators jumped out of it, punched him, kicked him and shouted in English: "don't meddle in others business!" The technician did not show up for the meeting, so Harvey went to the airport, where he was told that the technician, an Italian suddenly returned to Italy for a funeral, and the whore did not show up either. And in the hotel he was visited by Greek Police that night and was ordered to leave the country immediately. When Harvey met Onassis, he told Onassis he did not find anything suspicious. That's that. This book written in French is not in library collection anymore. But I don't forget what I read in it. When Onassis learned in hospital that his son will never recover, he took him off life support with his own hands. And soon Onassis died too of heart failure.

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