ABC’s ‘The Con’ is a true-crime documentary series that unveils the curtain on the people behind some of the most atrocious scams in recent times. Exploring the troubling tales of people manipulated by claims and promises that proved too good to be true, it reveals how the perpetrator fooled their victims and made them pay the price for their misplaced trust — both emotionally and financially.
With Whoopi Goldberg filling the narrator’s seat, the series kicks off with the story of Paolo Macchiarini, a former world-renowned thoracic surgeon now known for research fraud and his strange involvement with an unsuspecting producer by the name of Benita Alexander. So now, if you wish to learn more about the latter’s narrative as well as her current inspirational standing, we’ve got the details for you.
Who Is Benita Alexander?
Benita Alexander is a producer, director, writer, and narrator, who has actually been behind several episodes of ID’s ‘Now,’ ‘Dateline,’ and even ‘Inside the Obama White House.’ It thus comes as no surprise that her professional success has given way to her confidence. But unfortunately, her personal life has been marred by a turbulent childhood in Huntington Woods, Michigan, and a series of unsuccessful relationships.
In early 1982, shortly before her 16th birthday, Benita returned home from a sleepover to discover that her mother had left the family in the middle of the night. Then, two years later, her father, who’d married a neighbor, asked her to pack up her bags and leave for good. She did what she had to but never let it take over her life, which in turn helped her graduate magna cum laude from Wayne State University in 1987.
The qualified journalist then began working at a string of local television stations. Benita met and married a fellow reporter, John Noel, and moved with him to New York, where they welcomed their daughter in 2003. Six years later, in 2009, they filed for divorce. She later tied the knot with a ballroom instructor Edson Jeune in 2012, yet even that didn’t work out. Her daughter has thus been the only constant in her life.
Therefore, when Benita met the charming Paolo Macchiarini in the spring of 2013, thanks to NBC’s ‘A Leap of Faith,’ and he swept her off her feet, she crossed the professional line to start a romance with him. He soon proposed, only for her to realize her fiancé was a complete liar around a year later. Paolo had actually told her that Pope Francis would be officiating their wedding and that celebrities such as Elton John, the Clintons, the Obamas, and the Beckhams, among many others, would be in attendance, and she’d somehow believed him.
Where Is Benita Alexander Today?
When Benita Alexander eventually realized her whole relationship with Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was nothing short of a scam, she decided she wanted the world to know the truth about him. She hence became the executive producer of a documentary film entitled ‘He Lied About Everything,’ which chronicled her emotional journey as well as his scientific lies. The latter refers to his misconduct that led to the deaths of several patients.
Benita has since spoken up about her experiences in the media, given public speeches, and written detailed articles in renowned publications to bring awareness to the concept of love con. Her purpose for doing so is simple; to not only move on but also build a safe community for survivors like her — a place where there’s self-healing through sharing and unconditional support.
From what we can tell, Benita still resides in New York alongside her daughter, where she’s primarily a freelance executive producer for Lion Television, all the while serving as a public figure. The self-proclaimed love con expert is essentially currently utilizing her platform to expose various cases and empower “brave women to not be shamed into silence,” as per her Instagram. The 56-year-old actually has a podcast appropriately titled ‘Benita & the Berracas’ for the same, and she continues to be an active advocate on the matter.
Most importantly, though, we need to mention that Benita not only attended the former doctor/her former fiancé’s trial in Sweden, but she also covered it as a correspondent for season 3 of the ‘Dr. Death’ podcast. She is honestly proud of how far she has come (as she should be), and it’s evident she’ll never let anything or anyone take this journey/narrative away from her.
“One of the reasons I am so adamant about continuing to talk about this is because I think victim-shaming is terrible. It’s so damaging. It defeats the point,” Benita recently said. “We have somebody who has been brave enough to share something that’s already humiliating and devastating. If your response is to point a finger at a victim, that’s really sad. It does so much unnecessary damage. We need to be pointing the finger at the con man.”
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