The Kissel story lives, even if Andy’s a bit under the weather

It was two years ago when the body of fraudster Andrew Kissel was found in the basement of his home at 8 Dairy Road, hands bound and stabbed repeatedly (Andy’s torso, not his hands). Notwithstanding Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg’s immediate conclusion that the death was an open-and-shut case of suicide, others kept poking around and eventually arrested two men,  Kissel’s former chauffeur and a cousin of the driver, both hailing from South America. Their trial starts Monday but the pre-trial shenanigans have been every bit as entertaining. For instance there’s this story from the July 1st Greenwich Time , wherelocal developer Greg Silver is alleged to have been the lover of Andy Kissle’s wife, Hayley.

[Defense Attorney] Sherman points to, which reveals that Kissel’s estranged wife may have been having an affair at the time of his death. “The investigation revealed that Hayley Kissel was involved in a relationship with Greg Silver,” states the search warrant. “That Gregory Silver and Hayley Kissel shared an office located at 200 Railroad Avenue. That during extensive interviews with Silver and Hayley, neither individual mentioned the relationship to investigators.” Other police reports list different men as Wolff’s boyfriend, however.  

The warrant further states that Wolff “has not cooperated with investigators since the early stages of this investigation” as reasoning to why they needed her cell phone records.

“The search and seizure warrant “¦ suggests that they considered her a suspect of the crime,” wrote Sherman in his brief.

Wolff’s attorney did not comment on the motion Wednesday.

Additionally, the motion points to e-mails and interviews that display the “hatred” Wolff felt toward her husband leading up to his death and the couple’s “acrimonious divorce,” according to Sherman.

Although Wolff cried briefly during an interview with investigators the day her husband’s body was found, police wrote that “Hayley did not seem upset during the interview and at times giggled/laughed during some of her comments. She seemed relieved that he was gone,” states the police report.

An analysis of her cell phone records show that she received a call April 2, 2006, at 9:52 p.m. that lasted 331 seconds, but it was unclear where the call originated from. The records show that five different cell towers picked up calls Wolff either made or received between April 2 and April 3, 2006, which Sherman alleges goes against what she told police ­– which is that she remained at a friend’s residence on Duncan Drive the entire day and night.

Sherman also points to police reports that show Wolff lied to detectives over who was the direct beneficiary of a $15 million life insurance policy on Kissel’s life.

“We had been told by Hayley Kissel that the children were the direct beneficiaries of the policy and that she would only be receiving the interest,” wrote investigators in a police report. “(An insurance agent) advised that the policy specifically states that Hayley is the direct beneficiary.”

In a different police report, Sherman cites a report from a family friend who told police Wolff had checked on the insurance policy one to two weeks before Kissel’s death.

I don’t believe the defense is pointing to Mr. Silver’s alleged dalliances as evidence that he was involved in the murder/suicide (although his wife was probably no more amused by the story than Stephen Dent’s wife was to learn of his acts) but rather, to toss some smoke around, bring another suspect: Haley, into the matter and try to create reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury. Still in a slow real estate summer, this story should prove a nice diversion. And since Mr. Silver’s own projects aren’t exactly stirring, he might enjoy the chance to think about something else, too.

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