A Million Dollar Murder
Life Goes On
Outside the courtroom, Mel and Candy embraced and kissed. A reporter asked whether they planned to marry.
Of course not, Candy said.
It was the truth. Their affair ended not long after the trial. Mossler told intimates that her nephew was too emotionally immature and prone toward jealous rage. Mels version was that he was simply ready to move on to someone nearer his age. Candy had Jacques money to console her.
Mossler left $1 million trust funds for each of the children - his own, Candys, and their adopted orphans. But Candy got most of the $33 million estate, and she parlayed his business investments into a far greater fortune over the next 10 years.
Five years after the trial, she married Barnett Garrison, a
Thirteen months after the marriage, Garrison was crippled in a fall from the room of the house. The couple had been fighting that night and Garrison went out drinking alone. He returned late without keys and apparently tried to climb up to Candys third-floor bedroom. Candy divorced him.
For his part, Mel Powers went into a career as a real estate developer. In the early 1980s he built the
His financial life has had boom-and-bust cycles. One year he bought a 165-foot yacht; the next he filed for bankruptcy. He was alive and well in his mid-60s at last word. No so Candy Mossler.
In late October 1976, she was staying in a penthouse suite at the Fontainebleau Hotel in
Deeply sedated, she died in her sleep. The body was found the next morning. Her corpse was flown back to