How a celebrity shrink allegedly conned himself into patients’ wills

How a celebrity shrink allegedly conned himself into patients' wills




One Manhattan psychiatrist, who reportedly has dealt with Courtney Love and Gwyneth Paltrow at his Murray Hill office, is all about serving to — himself, that is.

Dr. Isaac Herschkopf used his impact to understand the administration of 1 affected individual’s checking account and hijack his Hamptons dwelling and even talked victims into writing his family into their wills, in step with the model new podcast “The Shrink Next Door.”

“I felt like I was in a cult,” longtime affected individual Marty Markowitz, 77, knowledgeable The Post. “He took over my life very quickly . . . It was one ethical violation after another.” (He should not be related to the earlier Brooklyn borough president of the identical title.)

Markowitz, the millionaire CEO of a material agency, first observed “Ike,” as Herschkopf is known, in 1981. About two years into their thrice-weekly intervals, Markowitz received right here to think about his sole sister was after his money. He claims that he was happy with this by Ike, now 69.

“He had me write, and notarize, a letter to my sister, saying ‘Never call me again,’ ” Markowitz talked about, recalling how the doctor handed him scissors with instructions to cut his sister out of family pictures.

Markowitz alleged on the podcast that, in 1984, Ike persuaded him to create the philanthropic Yaron Foundation and draft a new will leaving his eight-figure fortune to the inspiration — which, aside from Markowitz, solely Ike and his partner, Becky, had entry to as officers.

A yr later, in 1985, Ike grew to develop into a joint signatory on Markowitz’s $2.5 million Swiss checking accounts, Markowitz claimed.

He moreover alleged that the doctor “insist[ed]” he amend his will to go away his Hamptons property to Becky.

“Becky loves the Southampton property, so I think it’s only right you leave the property to her,” Ike allegedly knowledgeable Markowitz.

The Herschkopfs preferred the home a lot they allegedly put in a welcome mat with their title on it, hung a “Becky’s Kitchen” sign, blanketed the partitions with pictures of their family and, with Markowitz’s permission, had the home cellphone listed throughout the White Pages beneath the doctor’s pseudonym Isaac Stevens. According to Markowitz, the couple moreover took over the main bedroom whereas he slept in a customer room.

“People thought I was the caretaker,” Markowitz talked about of the corporate on the occasions Ike threw on the property.

“Ike was like a celebrity. To be invited to Ike’s party meant you were in the inner circle,” an affected individual known as Judith talked about on the podcast, which is hosted by Bloomberg Opinion columnist Joe Nocera.

“The more in crisis you are, the more vulnerable you are — Ike likes you that way”

At one among many bashes, she grew to develop into fast associates with a fellow affected individual. When the pal fell out with Ike, “he had me write a letter that he basically dictated, basically ending [my] friendship [with the woman], which was a great loss,” Judith talked about on the podcast. “It was her or him.”

Judith moreover claimed that the doctor urged her to stop chatting along with her mother and even happy her to not attend the lady’s funeral.

“The more in crisis you are, the more vulnerable you are — Ike likes you that way,” Emily, one different affected individual, talked about on the podcast.

They carried on therapeutic intervals for 17 years, normally at consuming locations along with Le Cirque, Four Seasons and Daniel, with Emily footing the funds, together with Ike’s fee, she claimed.

Emily alleged that Ike happy her to re-draw her will so that a “substantial” amount of the wealthy divorcée’s money would go to the doctor’s three daughters.

Ike was acknowledged for chasing not merely the rich, nevertheless the well-known.

“He was a celebrity whore,” Markowitz knowledgeable The Post. He alleged that Ike as quickly as summoned him to acquire fax from affected individual Courtney Love in 2003. “I read the letter and photocopied it,” he admitted. “She was pouring her guts out [about her custody battle for daughter Frances].

This was an epic violation.”

(Ike Herschkopf knowledgeable The Post he can’t contact upon any victims.)

In 2010, Markowitz had a hernia operation and Ike not at all checked in.

“He knew I had no one else,” talked about Markowitz, who modified his will immediately. “That was the ultimate straw. (Emily and Judith have moreover severed ties with Ike.)

After reuniting collectively along with his sister and reclaiming his dwelling, Markowitz lastly filed a grievance with the New York State Department of Health, which is at current investigating the doctor.

Markowitz, who claimed he spent some $3 million seeing Ike over three a few years, talked about he nonetheless lives with the ache inflicted all through these years.

“He mentioned I’m not lovable,” Markowitz talked about of Ike. “He was all about power and greed.

“Occasionally I’ll get a flashback of him, however, I’m so proud of my life now. He’s not in my ear.”




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