The way Pourandokht Banayan tells it, she and her husband built the very first "Persian Palace" in Beverly Hills.The boxy yellow house bears the telltale mark of the now-outlawed style: four of those two-story columns out front.It was erected on this plot of land at the top of Coldwater Canyon in the late 1980s, before the rush of other Iranians building or renovating similar homes in the notoriously wealthy enclave.
Recently, the Syrian Jewish community has been implicated in scandals involving money laundering, drug and organ trafficking, and tax evasion (See here and here).
The woman whom Magrufta was dating was reportedly arrested on suspicion of being responsible for the murder but was released without being indicted.
Members of the Jewish community in Iran told that the investigators reportedly told the woman that “if you were involved in killing a Jew, you did a good deed.” The incident comes just over one month after a Jewish woman was murdered by Muslim extremists intent on taking away her home.
In 1989, after 10 tough years in America, the Iranian-American family moved into the house at the end of the cul-de-sac (where one of the other houses has lion-head sculptures on its massive gates).
She raised four children in this Persian Palace with a mezuzah on the doorframe and rose bushes out front.