June 08, 2013 12:00AM
LEANING on the rail of the cruise liner, they could be mistaken for a blushing bride and her new husband setting off on their honeymoon.
Staff on the cruise referred to them as Mr and Mrs Ryan. He picked up the $10,000 bill for the three-day voyage on the six-star Silversea liner to Lord Howe Island, even buying her a new wardrobe of clothes and shoes.
But back on dry land in the summer of 2006, there were another three women waiting for him who each thought they were “the one”.
They had all fallen for the same man – suave city lawyer and horse breeding multi-millionaire Michael Ryan.
Now they are not fighting over the man they all loved but over his $8 million fortune.
It wasn’t until Mr Ryan died last year, aged 60, a recluse in his rundown Fairlight home – where he had become so weak that he let cockroaches crawl over him – that the women all found out about each other and how he had been seducing them for 20 years, often more than one at the same time.
While Marie (Mirka) Christos was having her hair washed and styled daily in the ship’s salon, paid for by Ryan, back at his Sydney harbourside mansion, Janet Amprimo thought her boyfriend had just gone yachting for a few days.
Meanwhile, Denise De Bono was looking forward to the “regular” visits he made to her in Melbourne, staying in her apartment or in swanky hotel rooms at the Adelphi or Hyatt.
And Gillian Crighton was texting him and visiting his house, wondering why he never answered the door as she hoped he had “mellowed” while she considered a reconciliation.
Ms Christos, 50, a former legal secretary, has dropped her claim against his estate, fearing lawyers’ costs, but the other three women are scheduled to attend the Supreme Court later this month for compulsory mediation with the executor of the will, Mr Ryan’s former accountant David Wynn.
Mr Ryan, then a partner at McClellands Lawyers, shot to infamy later in 2006 when Ms Christos, who was searching through his garbage bin for evidence that he was seeing Ms Amprimo, found incriminating documents about his most famous client, former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld.
Einfeld was later jailed for two years for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice over a speeding fine after falsely claiming a dead woman was driving his car.
Mr Ryan’s complicated love life and tragic final years, when he shunned the world, have been revealed in affidavits sworn by the women in their claims for a share of his will.
Ms Christos, whom Mr Ryan romanced away from her work at a brothel in 2000, said he charmed people because he led them to believe they were special to him and that they knew everything about him but in reality, he made sure no one really knew him.
“That’s the way he wanted it,” she said in her affidavit.
She said that one of his best mates, British racing tycoon Ivan Allan, had told her in 2007: “(Ryan) told me he loved you very much and he regretted not marrying you.”
Ms Amprimo, 48, said she met Ryan in 1995 while working at the Daily Planet brothel in Melbourne. In mid-2005 he gave her a ring, saying it would fit best on her wedding finger, but she never had the “confidence” to ask him what he meant by the gift.
In April 2006, he bought them a holiday house in the Blue Mountains, she said.
Ms De Bono, 55, said she had moved into his mansion in 1995 and nursed his mother, Eugene, as she died of cancer.
“I had a close and loving relationship with Michael from when we met in early 1992 to the day he died,” she said.
In 2009 she visited his closed and darkened mansion with a friend of his, Karen Conti, and saw Ms Christos sitting in a car over the road. “That woman looks familiar. She looks like the woman who implicated Michael in the newspaper articles. I think it’s Mirka Christos,” she said Ms Conti told her.
Ms Crighton, who met Ryan in 1983 while she worked as a receptionist, said they had a “close personal intimate relationship” from 1983 to
1992 but despite their lavish lifestyle of dining at five-star restaurants and weekends away, he was mean with her.
Their relationship ended acrimoniously when she lost all her belongings, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior handbags, a Valentino ballgown and a Chanel suit after he refused to give her the $100 to stop a storage company from selling her belongings.
But despite all that, she still could not forget him. “I realised he was deceitful, contrary, controlling and a selfish bastard but apart from that he was tall, dark and handsome and I seemed to be still under his spell,” she said in her affidavit.
Mr Ryan had been dead for several days before his body was discovered in his house. His cause of death was ischemic heart disease.
In his 1996 will, drawn up after his mother died, he split his estate between four friends – none of them his girlfriends.
Yesterday Ms Crighton said she had no comment.
The lawyers for Ms De Bono and Ms Amprimo did not return calls.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how it appears to the world = GH = 78 = Vast wealth.
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