Sasha Young is the daughter of Scot Young, who fell out of an apartment on the fourth floor he rented in Marylebone and was impaled on the railings
Absolutely nothing about Sasha Young's early life could be interpreted as normal. His childhood was one of those unimaginable riches that now considers his ostentation as "obscene".
Home was an elegant villa of Palladio filled with £ 6 million in antiquities, in 500 glorious acres of Oxfordshire. Little Sasha and her older sister Scarlet had 15 horses, six pedigree dogs and a collection of Fendi handbags worth thousands.
"The tooth fairy would leave us £ 50," he recalls. "We flew in Concorde to luxury villas in Barbados or the south of France, and Christmas was the dream of every child." Our parents filled a room with gifts, from toys to designer clothes, handbags and jewelry.
"I did not realize then that the life I was leading was abnormal, that we were rich to a degree that I now consider obscene, but Dad wanted us to have everything he did not have as a child."
Sasha's father, Scot Young, charming, intelligent and funny, was a self-made billionaire who grew up on a humble street in Dundee and amassed a fortune in the real estate boom of the 1980s. He flaunted his wealth, rolling to pick up his daughters from his private school in one of his fleet of 52 luxury cars.
"I had two vintage Mercedes worth £ 500,000 each, Baby Bentley, a Ferrari Spider, Porsches." Sasha takes them out as a shopping list.
His mother Michelle, a former fashion buyer, usually spent £ 10,000 a week at London designer boutiques. When their wealth was at its peak, Michelle and Scot Young spent £ 2 million a year on clothes alone.
However, in a decade, the idyll was shattered. The beloved father of Sasha, 52, was dead.
In December 2014, he fell from an apartment on the fourth floor he rented in Marylebone and was impaled on the railing below.
Sasha believes that the death of his father, although it was designed to look like a suicide, was actually murder.
This is the reason why she speaks for the first time about it now, hoping that someone who knows the truth can come forward, and that the police reopen their investigation.
"Dad called me eight minutes before it happened," he reveals. "There was absolutely nothing in his voice to indicate that something was wrong." Everyday jokes were exchanged.
"Dad said:" How are you? "And I said everything was fine, I asked him how he was and he told me everything was fine, he said he would call me the next day and that he loved me, I told him I loved him too, he did not seem stressed or agitated.
"After his death, we pleaded with the police to investigate, but the forensic work that should have taken place on the floor at that time was not over."
Scot's ex-girlfriend – model Noelle Reno – claims that he called her minutes after calling Sasha to tell her that he intended to take her life. But Sasha asks how her father seemed so calm and talkative during the call minutes before.
Reno is one of the original stars of the women from the Bravo show in London and Scot had appeared with her.
Sasha Young, four years old in Barbados, with his late father Scot, his mother Michelle and his sister Scarlet
Sasha, now 23, had only ten when her golden life began to disintegrate. The fissures developed in the marriage of their parents and the family planned a new beginning in Miami. Michelle and her daughters went to live in an opulent house on the beach, waiting for Scot to join them.
But out of the blue, his lawyer called Michelle. Scot, he revealed, had lost all his money. The proposal seemed absurd. How could so much wealth disappear in its entirety, apparently overnight?
Sasha's life was about to change forever. He returned with his mother and sister to a luxurious house rented in Regent's Park, London, and although Scot declared that he had no money, the family's settled lifestyle continued, at least for a time.
Michelle and her husband began a prolonged and spiteful divorce, played in the media. When the process was underway, Scot began a relationship with Reno, a US-born model and television presenter.
The bitter divorce, meanwhile, continued and after 65 court hearings, Scot was ordered to pay his wife £ 28 million.
But she has never received a penny. Sasha believes that his father's fortune, at least £ 400 million, is hidden somewhere. But Scot continued to insist that he had lost everything, and after not providing information about his whereabouts to the divorce court, he was imprisoned in 2013 for six months for contempt of court.
Then, a few months after his release from prison, he was dead.
Sasha's calm voice falters as she remembers the day she heard the news. & # 39; Mom came into my bathroom holding her stomach. She said: "Your father has fallen from a building." He said he had read about him in a newspaper.
& # 39; My legs were shaking. I felt sick. I wanted to see for myself what had happened. I walked towards the apartment. I had to see the blood on the street before I believed it was true.
"And when I saw that a section of the railing had been removed, I vomited all over the street.
Sasha Young on her third birthday with her late father Scot at the Woodperry family home
"I bought a big bouquet and wrote a card to dad, hiding it near where he had fallen in. I wrote that I loved him." She wipes away her tears. "And it was two days before the police came and told us officially. He had died, his heart had been pierced by the end of a railing.
"I wanted to see my dad, say my last goodbye, I needed that closure, but they told me I could not because his body had started to break down, and he was devastated.
"I was in college at the time doing a business title, I did not come back, I could not, everything was too much, it's still, I loved dad, we were very close, he called me his cheeky monkey and people said we were the image from each other.
I can not think of how he died. I have nightmares. They are graphic and bloody. Dream that is hugging me. Then someone comes in and injects us with a poison that kills us. "
She separates, exhausted by emotion, the horror of everything. There are many reasons why she is sure that her death was not a suicide.
She explains: "One day, when I was sitting in my GCSE, everything in my life seemed scary, unstable and horrible.
"I was embarrassed and ashamed that my parents' divorce was so public." At school, a teacher said, "You know you're probably going to end up in a council apartment."
"I felt desperate, suicidal, and I remember being home crying and telling dad that I had considered taking my life.
"He said," Never think about doing that, never again. "He told me he was afraid He was crying We made a pact that day We promised each other that we would never contemplate taking our own lives.
& # 39; And I had a terrible fear of heights. He did not even like looking through a tall window. He would never have ended his life that way. Nobody wants to die like that, by impalement. The police said it was one of the worst deaths they had seen. "
The investigation did not give Sasha any resolution. The coroner recorded an open verdict.
"It makes me feel bad, shaky to think about what really happened that day and I really want to know, but I do not see myself getting any concrete answer."
The reason he believes it is unlikely is that his father's business was intricate, dark and secret. Today, Sasha reveals that he believes he was killed by a professional hit man, by order of the Russian mafia. Scot had close ties with Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch who was an opponent of President Putin.
Scot Young was a self-made billionaire who grew up on a humble street in Dundee and amassed a fortune in the real estate boom of the 1980s. He is in the picture of 36 years
And if Sasha's theories about his father's death seem extravagant, there is convincing evidence to support them. Five of his father's friends, who obtained great wealth in the deals they negotiated, met with sudden and violent deaths in a span of four years.
They were the property moguls Paul Castle and Robbie Curtis; former rock manager Johnny Elichaoff and Berezovsky, found dead at his Berkshire home in 2013 with a ligature around his neck.
A coroner also recorded an open verdict on Berezovsky, while a forensic scientist said he could have been killed.
Berezovsky was an investor in the Moscow Project, a Russian property agreement established by Scot, which collapsed, allegedly costing hundreds of millions of people involved.
But, did Scot really lose all his wealth in the abortion project? Sasha thinks not. She thinks that Russian associates could have been involved in concealing her father's enormous fortune, and that they might have had a role in his death, punishing his assassination by a hit man instead of returning his money when he asked for it back .
"People do crazy things for money," he says, "only my father knew the truth about where he was going." If I thought too much, I would get angry. There are too many unanswered questions, too many things that I will never understand. But what I want to know is the truth about why he died. I want justice for him & # 39;
Sasha's attitude is almost shy. He speaks in a soft and hesitant voice, remembering how his carefree and privileged early childhood plunged into chaos, confusion and darkness.
Back in London after the breakup of her parents, Sasha attended the Francis Holland School for £ 21,000 a year in Sloane Square; his father still gave him a subsidy of £ 100 per week. "We were still living in an extremely expensive house," he recalls. & # 39; Dad did not live with us, but they still call him every day. We chat about school, everyday things. And he calmed me down and said, "Do not worry, everything will be fine."
"But there were many lines, and Mom was angry." It was hard for her to understand why her extravagant lifestyle had been reduced.
The old family house where Sasha Young lived – Woodperry House in Oxfordshire
"He used to go to Hermes or Dolce & Gabbana every Thursday and go out with the clothes rails that would fill his Range Rover."
There was also evidence of Scot's murky financial transactions. The money began to come through intermediaries in bundles of cash. "I was around 13 years old and I remember a Russian, one of Dad's business partners, who gave him around £ 30,000 in cash outside a hairdressing salon in Mayfair.
"We began to realize that dad was associated with people who were afraid." The night reached its climax when I was 14 years old. Mom was at the movies and my sister and I were alone in the house.
& # 39; Dad called us and said that people were looking at the house; that we were in danger and we had to find it and leave the country that night. I'm sure he believed it. He would not have scared us without reason.
"We locked ourselves in a bathroom, we were terrified, too scared to leave the house, and by the time Mother came home, we were shaking and crying.
The bitterly expensive and bitter divorce case of his parents rumbled.
Then, one day in 2008, Scot called Michelle with a proposal. He said he would put £ 100 million in his bank account and would give the same to each of his daughters if he left the case.
"He said he would give mom until 3 pm the next day to decide," Sasha recalls. & # 39; And mom hesitated. Scarlet and I begged him: "Make the deal, accept the deal!" We beg Mom
"The next day we were walking in Primrose Hill with her and it was close to the 3 p.m. deadline. We were saying," We have to solve this. Do not you want all this to stop? "But mom called 15 minutes late.
"I heard Dad say:" It's too late. The deal is over. "That's who he was, for dad, a deal was a deal, no matter who you were.
"And when I think about it now, if he had agreed, that would have stopped everything." Dad would never have gone to prison.
– There would have been no more court hearings. He probably would still be alive today, because the more his business was exposed in public, the more vulnerable he became.
She separates again, crying, remembering the court hearings: "It was like the War of the Roses," he observes: bloody, intractable and seemingly endless.
By then, Michelle and her daughters lived in small circumstances. School fees were not paid, Sasha left his smart independent school and went to a small private university. Home was a nice apartment, but nothing pretentious, three rooms rented in Victoria.
"All the expensive cars were gone," he recalls. & # 39; Mom was driving a Mini and I got on a bus for the first time & # 39;
She recalls how she assumed the role of unofficial intermediary in the epic marital dispute. "Dad would call and say," I need you to talk to mom. "Then my mother would say," Tell daddy. "I was half crazy.
So desperate was Sasha for peace, she negotiated a meeting with them at a cafe in Victoria.
"They were flirting and laughing, which gave me a tremendous hope that they would speak civilly and dispense with the lawyers, maybe even get back together again.
"But after the meeting, Mom said she never wanted to see Dad again, she felt so betrayed by everything she had done, it was devastated, devastated, my hopes rose and then vanished."
Meanwhile, the court decreed that Scot should pay Michelle £ 27,500 per month in maintenance. But money never materialized.
Sasha was sitting on her A-levels when her dad was imprisoned.
"I was wondering why Dad would rather go to prison than answer questions in court about his money, I cried, I was afraid of what would happen to him in prison and I wanted to visit him, but he told me not to.
Flowers are left at the scene in Marylebone, London, in 2014 after Scot Young fell to his death
"The day he was released from Pentonville, I met him, we gave each other a big bear hug, he was in a good mood, so happy to be away." I said again, "Why did not you answer the questions about where the money was? "And he just said:" It's complicated. "
Today, Sasha remains bewildered, disconsolate, and is no closer to reaching a conclusion.
She is obsessed by the fact that when he asked her to know her days before she died, she did not go.
"He said there was something he wanted to say in person that he could not argue over the phone, I did not go, I had a deadline for college, I'm really sorry now, and the blame remains with me.
"I think he was afraid someone would try to catch him." He thought he was vulnerable.
Today his life has changed irrevocably. She lives in a modest apartment and has just started a job of £ 25,000 a year with a charity. She is beautiful and nice; there is nothing ostentatious in it.
"Dad was not a normal person," he reflects. & # 39; He was a great personality. He could not have lived a daily life. I thought he was a strong and powerful man. "Look forward, your intense blue eyes filled with tears.
"Actually, I thought he was invincible, but they showed me he was wrong.