Isabel Vincent

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Isabel Vincent (born 1965 in Toronto) is a Canadian investigative journalist who writes for the New York Post, an alumna of the University of Toronto Varsity newspaper, and the author of several books.

Lamont/Spencer case[edit]

During the 1990s, as a correspondent for the Globe and Mail, Vincent wrote several articles and a book, (See no evil) about the Abílio dos Santos Diniz kidnapping case in Brazil. Two young Canadians, David Spencer and Christine Lamont, had been convicted of Diniz's 1989 political kidnapping and confinement and sentenced to 28 years each in Brazilian prisons.

Vincent's writing was highly critical of Canadian media and their assumption that Lamont and Spencer must be innocent, attributing those assumptions to prejudices about Brazil. These writings brought Vincent a large amount of open hostility from the Canadian journalism establishment. However, a fellow investigative journalist, Caroline Mallan of the Toronto Star, also found strong evidence of Lamont's and Spencer's guilt, which she detailed in her own book Wrong time, wrong place?. In 1996, Lamont confessed that she and Spencer had participated in the kidnappings.

For her work on the Lamont/Spencer case, Vincent received the Canadian Association of Journalists' Award for excellence in investigative journalism and a Southam Fellowship.


  • See no evil : the strange case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer Reed Books Canada, 1996. ISBN 0-433-39619-9
  • Hitler's silent partners : Swiss banks, Nazi gold, and the pursuit of justice Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 1997. ISBN 0-676-97093-1. Vintage Canada, 1998. ISBN 0-676-97141-5. Also published in German translation, as Gold der verfolgten Juden : wie es in den Schweizer Tresoren verschwand und zur Beute der Banken und Alliierten wurde / Isabel Vincent ; aus dem Amerikanischen von Klaus Fritz, Norbert Juraschitz und Thomas Pfeiffer. München : Diana Verlag, c1997, ISBN 3-8284-5003-2 and in French translation, La Suisse, les avoirs juifs et le secret bancaire / Isabel Vincent ; traduit de l'américain par André Dommergues et François Tétreau. Paris : L'Archipel, 1997. ISBN 2-84187-079-0
  • Bodies and Souls: The Trafficking of Jewish Immigrant Prostitutes in the Americas. Random House Canada, 2006. ISBN 0-679-31162-9, ISBN 0-679-31163-7. Details the gang Zwi Migdal in forcing women to become prostitutes.
  • "Gilded Lily: Lily Safra, The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Women" Harper, 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-113393-0
  • "Dinner with Edward" (2016), her memoir about her deep friendship with a remarkable cook and person, who gives her insights into life while sharing his exquisite dinners

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