Following the death of Stephanie Adams, 47, after she leaped from the top floor of the Gotham Hotel in Manhattan while holding on to her seven-year-old son, police stated there is a chance it was a murder-suicide. However, the authorities are in the stage of their investigation where all leads are taken seriously, with nothing ruled out.
As it was previously reported, the NYPD found Stephanie and her son Vincent’s body on the second-floor landing near the hotel entrance. Detectives working on the case have been investigating all possible motives.
According to a source close to the police, it isn’t known if Stephanie or her son hit the ground first. Either way, the custody battle between Stephanie and her ex-husband is at the center of their inquiry.
Her attorney, and friend for over twenty years, Raoul Felder, said the news of her passing – as well as the nature of it – shocked him so much. He had no idea she would do such a thing.
Felder said he could tell “something was wrong,” but didn’t know precisely what it was. Daniel Kron, her attorney who was presiding over the custody case, told her she couldn’t go to Spain with her child during the dispute. She had previously asked the judge if she could go on vacation.
Kron, when speaking with reporters from CNN, said they were “talking about the broad strategies for her divorce.”
— Stephanie Adams (@stephanieadams) October 26, 2017
Additionally, while Daniel stated there is always a lot of stress in divorce battles, she seemed to be handling it well. He described her as a very “professional, high-class, thoughtful, and considerate individual.”
Beslow, the attorney representing her ex-husband, Charles Nicolai, said that both he and his client believed she intended to take Vincent out of the country and never come back.
Regarding his state, Beslow said his client is “in mourning,” and is totally “distraught,” as he just lost the centerpiece of his life. He described Charles as a “sweet, decent, and caring” person.”