Mystery Man: The Good Father

When the doorbell rang, it might have been a friend paying condolences. Instead it was a reporter with news that EgyptAir pilot Gamil el-Batouti was suspected of a crazed murder-suicide. His widow Omayma, 50, collapsed to the floor. Her clan faced a new nightmare: the glare of the world's media and the chilling gaze of U.S. investigators insisting that el-Batouti had killed 217 people.

Almost immediately, the family fought back. Cousins took journalists on a tour of el-Batouti's homes to prove he was solvent. His family produced financial records. His children offered tearful testimonials. The NTSB disowned the leaks; whether it...

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