Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story

By Glen Aaron


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When Hugh Bancroft, Jr., family owner of The Wall Street Journal, died, he left his wife, Jackie Bancroft, one of the wealthiest women in America. After she built the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso, New Mexico, and paid twenty-three million in cash for it, she married her gay interior decorator, Ron Morgan, for the last fling of her life.


Glen Aaron, author, was the lawyer for Morgan and had been so for many years through multiple legal problems. As Aaron came to know Jackie, they became fast friends and she often used him as consigliore and to double check what her vast array of trust lawyers were telling her. On an extended world cruise, Jackie became suspiciously and seriously ill. It became Aaron’s duty to retrieve her from the cruise trip in the middle of the southern Atlantic and get her to health care in the U.S., where she ultimately died. Her death precipitated numerous lawsuits from her heirs and Morgan, himself, who had manipulated a position of heirship. This five-year intrigue ultimately led the author, Glen Aaron, to federal prison on a technicality, a path he would never have anticipated. That path evolved into The Prison Trilogy, and The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story is the beginning.



Watching Drama from an Unsafe Distance

When author-attorney Glen Aaron first met the unlikely set of characters he depicts in this beguiling book, little did he know that they were destined eventually to crash and burn and --to an extent-- take him with them. Here is a character-driven story whose major players seem so dramatic that they could be fiction. But real they are, with real-life personalities and real situations that make for a most compelling read. The story is told with the calculated pace and measured observation that only an attentive attorney like Aaron could pull off, as we watch one of the wealthiest women in America in effect victimize herself and everybody around her in a series of decisions that embroil her in controversy, personality clashes, tales of greed, self-indulgence and --sadly but inevitably-- a lonely and agonizing death at sea, abandoned by everything and everybody she had held close. Strangely, by the end of this well-written story, you feel detached from these characters, because they were in effect detached from anything remotely resembling compassion, caring, and love. They lived to themselves, and they in the end were left to themselves. As comedy star and accomplished actress Lily Tomlin said, "If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?"

T. I. Parks from Amazon

gripping from start to finish

Great tale of too much money,greed & more greed . A lonely old lady, obscenely rich , wants a "handbag" for her last years on earth to take her to places to throw money away.And what an imaginative money spender Ronnie Lee is.... One has to admirer the guy .In the end ,it looks like everyone got what they deserved.Well,maybe Ronnie got the long end of the stick. Great book...worthy of every star.

Christian H. Gortz from Amazon

A Wild West Story

I thought Glen Aaron did an excellent job developing the characters, describing the legal system in West Texas, and sharing his personal story. I have recommended the book to several of my friends.

Peter Lekisch from Amazon



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