In the recent documentary “Queen of Versailles,” the time share scheme king David Siegel rises to fabulous wealth in Florida then sinks into financial despair with the 2008 Wall Street implosion. By the end of the film Siegel, 74, is surrounded by dog poop on the floor and a house full of his small children by his third wife, a 40-something cartoonish grotesque who says she will have to see the documentary to find out how the family's fortunes were reversed.
Siegel “made his own bed” and now is sleeping in the mess, dog poop and all. At the start of the film he boasts that through illegal means he helped George W get elected president, but he can’t talk about it.
The centerpiece of this real life drama is an unfinished 90,000 square foot home he was building for the family in Orlando that became a white elephant when his financial house of cards fell apart. Maybe it’s a homeless shelter now.
This is a real American story that will turn the stomachs of some viewers and coincidentally it takes place in Florida where recently a man in his bedroom was sucked into a 60 foot deep sink hole in Tampa. The Siegels created their own sink hole.