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He Left a Fortune, to No One (guy dies worth 40 million, didnt have a will)
yahoo/ny times ^ | april 29, 2013 | Julie Satow

Posted on 04/30/2013 12:45:25 AM PDT by lowbridge

When Roman Blum died last year at age 97, his body lingered in the Staten Island University Hospital morgue for four days, until a rabbi at the hospital was able to track down his lawyer.

Mr. Blum, a Holocaust survivor and real estate developer, left behind no heirs and no surviving family members — his former wife died in 1992 and the couple was childless. His funeral, held graveside at the New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y., was attended by a small number of mourners, most of them elderly fellow survivors or children of survivors.

Much about Mr. Blum’s life was shrouded in mystery: He always claimed he was from Warsaw, although many who knew him said he actually came from Chelm, in southeast Poland. Several people close to Mr. Blum said that before World War II, in Poland, he had a wife and child who perished in the Holocaust, though Mr. Blum seems never to have talked of them, and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has no record of them in its database. Even his birth date is in question. Records here give it as Sept. 16, 1914; identity cards from a German displaced persons camp have it as Sept. 15.

But perhaps the greatest mystery surrounding Mr. Blum is why a successful developer, who built hundreds of houses around Staten Island and left behind an estate valued at almost $40 million, would die without a will.

That is no small matter, as his is the largest unclaimed estate in New York State history, according to the state comptroller’s office.

“He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot,” said Paul Skurka, a fellow Holocaust survivor who befriended Mr. Blum after doing carpentry work for him in the 1970s.

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1 posted on 04/30/2013 12:45:25 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

My will reads only: “Being of sound mind and body, I spent it all while I was still alive.”


2 posted on 04/30/2013 12:46:29 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Was he a member/supporter of any organizations or regular contributor to any charities?


3 posted on 04/30/2013 12:47:00 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lowbridge

Uncle Roman?!?!


4 posted on 04/30/2013 12:58:18 AM PDT by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: lowbridge

This is too funny - there are a whole series of Polish Jewish stories about the people of Chelm and how ridiculously stupid they are.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 12:58:42 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: lowbridge

What a sad life of self interest.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 1:11:17 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: lowbridge

Could it be that the people he cared about were all dead. And, through his experience, he knew he could not take it with him?

So, lets watch the animals fight over it.


8 posted on 04/30/2013 1:35:09 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Vermont Lt

Strikes me as a possibility - 97 years is long enough that if he had no children - that everyone he knew of is gone.

I don’t know what I would do if my brothers, and family were already passed.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 1:38:56 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Vermont Lt

Only two animals: the state and the Federal Government.

There will be some bureaucrat (obama buddy) appointed to oversee the estate. It will be largely stolen.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 3:17:26 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: lowbridge

OMG!!! I’ve been searching for him my entire life.

Daaaaad!!!!!


11 posted on 04/30/2013 3:20:19 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: lowbridge

Big deal, so the government gets 100% instead of just 50%


12 posted on 04/30/2013 3:22:35 AM PDT by kushnejz
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To: JCBreckenridge

Anything my wife and I have left will go to a bunch of cats.


13 posted on 04/30/2013 3:25:30 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: lowbridge

I would just leave a note, “piss on all you lazy scums looking for a free handout”.
But then again I might just send out a couple of agents on a yearly salary looking for deserving candidates that were conservative, honest hard working and unfairly in debt to corrupted liberal social programs.

No muslims, no liberals or gun grabbers.
Oh yeah I would die with a grin on my face knowing I did the right thing, oh and I would fund a mega center and staff to search out Obamas past such as all his fraudulent history, and find what is the CORRECT documents.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 3:38:53 AM PDT by Spartan302 (My)
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To: Gaffer

> There will be some bureaucrat (obama buddy) appointed to oversee the estate. It will be largely stolen

“largely stolen”. You meant to just say stolen didn’t you?


15 posted on 04/30/2013 4:10:36 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Well, yes, but I was also guessing that the part the government as an entity that will steal some of it via taxes will be overshadowed by the theft of the funds by the bureaucrat for his/her person use.....different things but same overall outcome.


16 posted on 04/30/2013 4:47:09 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: lowbridge

What is funny is that nowadays some people may just find a purpose or reason to search for real integrity, honesty and a willingness to be real people, not the socialized utopia members who voted for odumbo.

And maybe it has already occurred, someone has a stipulation to leave their fortunes to those that qualified strictly through internet forums, yeah its a reach, not my thing personally, if I got an email from someone saying they were giving me $97 million it would head straight to the spam box.

But times are interesting and changing.


17 posted on 04/30/2013 4:52:36 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: lowbridge
“He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot,” said Paul Skurka

Translation: He didn't leave me a single penny.

18 posted on 04/30/2013 4:52:41 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Soon as odumbo hears about this, the “Chief Thief” will have the money confiscated for the “good of the order”.


19 posted on 04/30/2013 5:00:57 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Fresh Wind

He could have, at the least, rewarded those who were kind to him.

Self centered.


20 posted on 04/30/2013 5:15:28 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: lowbridge

My step-father is like this. 95 with a huge estate and no living relatives except for me and my siblings (who are actually not related to him at all). My mother passed in February and it remains a mystery what will happen to his estate.


21 posted on 04/30/2013 5:25:03 AM PDT by colorcountry (The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2))
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To: who knows what evil?
Anything my wife and I have left will go to a bunch of cats.

I am one hep cat, Daddio!

22 posted on 04/30/2013 5:43:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I know an individual who has made a practice of befriending elderly widows with the intention worming his way into their wills, and cashing in upon their deaths. And, in addition, he gets whatever he can acquire in the way of sellable antiques along the way. He’s a true scumbag.

Perhaps Mr. Blum found that the people he really cared about, or cared about him, were all gone, and the only ones left were the ones who just wanted his cash.


23 posted on 04/30/2013 6:07:26 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

That was my thought too... but, sadly, o’Bummer will get it :p


24 posted on 04/30/2013 6:52:25 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: lowbridge

“He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot,” said Paul Skurka.

No, he died like an unhappy guy whom no amount of money could or would ever compensate for all the personal losses and all the sorrow.


25 posted on 04/30/2013 7:08:33 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Spartan302

Actually he is my uncle. I need help getting his $40 million out of the country. Send me $100,000 for the legal fees and I will mail you a check for half.


26 posted on 04/30/2013 7:12:23 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: lowbridge

Read the article, this is one of those guys that you never want to meet or have to deal with, man he sounds like a nasty fellow.


27 posted on 04/30/2013 9:57:12 AM PDT by ansel12 (Civilization, Crusade against the Mohammedan Death Cult)
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To: GeronL

Too bad; the State will take it. I bet the State workers were elated to hear this.


28 posted on 04/30/2013 11:18:56 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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