Monday 16 October 2017

Christina Reihill: Money does not give you immunity from bad habits

Christina Reihill knows only too well the denials that addicts, whatever their social status, use to justify their actions

Eva Rausing
Hans and Eva Rausing on their wedding day in 1992

As London rocked with shock following news of the discovery of the decomposing body of billionaire Eva Rausing in her £70m home in Cadogan Place, I wondered what all the surprise was about.

And when traffic seemed to come to a standstill at the news that her husband, Hans Rausing, heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, was arrested for preventing the decent burial of his wife's body, found under layers of bedding and black bags in an annex of their six-storey house, still I wondered what all the horror was about.

As soon as the story broke, we learnt of the couple's addiction to crack cocaine -- and yet the story made international headlines disbelieving of the facts.

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