20/20 to Tackle "The Battle for 4949 Swiss"

Mary Ellen Bendtsen signing a new will in a video that will appear on 20/20 Friday night
Mary Ellen Bendtsen signing a new will in a video that will appear on 20/20 Friday night

Perhaps you recall Lee Hancock's multiple-part series in The Dallas Morning News in 2006 concerning The Battle for 4949 Swiss; a riveting read for those in need of a refresher. On Friday, the local story goes national: ABC's 20/20 has prepped a piece on Mary Ellen Bendtsen and asks, as Hancock did, whether the one-time model was the victim of elder abuse at the hands of antiques dealers Mark McCay and Justin Burgess, to whom she signed over the house shortly before her death on May 2, 2005. ABC News just posted a sneak preview of the piece, in which Bendsten, 88 at the time, is seen signing over the house to "the boys."


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