“Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one can’t talk about after dinner.” —Oscar Wilde
While power, prominence, and fiscal prosperity may seem a safe bet for bliss, more than a few have cashed out prematurely while holding the winning ticket on this elusive trifecta. The protection afforded by privilege is often illusory, as the coddling confines of high society can nurture baser natures with a posh playground for the seven deadly sins.
Proof that luxury does not ensure longevity, here are a few harrowing homicides of the well-heeled—true tales of those who met with malice aforethought and drew their last breath in the rarified air of affluence.