Archive for April, 2011

Canadian woman aspires to be a famous killer

Michelle Erstikaitis is obsessed with serial killer Paul Bernardo. She scored 37.8 out of a possible 40 on the PCL-R and was declared a dangerous offender. But two weeks ago she was released from custody to “supervision.”  We’ll see how that works out.

Read Dangerous and free on TheSpec.com.

Link supplied by a Lovefraud reader.

German heiress testifies about being conned

Susan Klatten, whose family owns large stakes in BMW and the chemical firm Altana, testified about the Swiss gigolo, Helg Sgarbi, who conned her out of £6.2 million. Sgarbi boasted at his trial that he could “read women like a map.”

Read I handed over £6.2m to gigolo out of love for him: Heiress tells how conman turned blackmailer on DailyMail.co.uk.

Story suggested by two Lovefraud readers.

Do Sociopaths Get The Last laugh?

We know that there are many unapprehended sociopaths who, exploiting others’ vulnerability, have greedily taken things from them, material and otherwise—valuable, precious things they neither deserve nor deserve to enjoy, yet which they may feel they both deserve and deserve to enjoy, and often perversely do enjoy.

And we know that many of these sociopaths possess smug, contemptuous and notoriously “shameless” attitudes about their exploitation—these attitudes, and the patterns they form, reflecting the essence of their disorder.

And some of these sociopaths may indeed, in a certain sense, get the proverbial “last laugh?”

Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry? marathon

The Royal Wedding is all over the media, and the Investigation Discovery network is doing its part by airing a marathon of the series, Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry? The premiere episode of the series, of course, features Donna Andersen, author of Lovefraud.com.

Although the series never comes out and says it, all 12 episodes tell the story of someone who was married to a sociopath. The wives were married to the Green River Killer, the DC Sniper, and various criminals, rapists and con artists. There’s even one husband with a story to tell.

Chernobyl–mistake or mischief?

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time. Russia and the Ukraine held ceremonies to mark that terrible day.

Read the story and watch the video on Russia, Ukraine mark 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear meltdown at NYDailyNews.com.

What caused that terrible explosion? In Nuclear Renewal, Richard Rhodes writes the following:

Without question, the accident at Chernobyl was the result of a fatal combination of ignorance and complacency. “As members of a select scientific panel convened immediately after the…accident,” writes Bethe, “my colleagues and I established that the Chernobyl disaster tells us about the deficiencies of the Soviet political and administrative system rather than about problems with nuclear power.”

Jim McGreevey rejected as priest

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, who famously proclaimed himself to be a “gay American,” wanted to remake himself as an Episcopal priest. The church isn’t buying it. Why? He’s a “jackass.”

Read Heaven can wait—McGreevey priest bid is rejected on NYPost.com.

Read Lovefraud’s previous coverage of Jim McGreevey:

Book Reviews: Looking at love and fraud from both sides

No shame: Disgraced sociopathic governor repackages himself

McGreevey divorce reveals court’s approach to high-conflict cases

Book review: Silent Partner, by the wife of former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey

Discussing Love Fraud at book clubs

Two friends of mine invited me to discuss Love Fraud with their book clubs. Both conversations were interesting and thoughful, and I really enjoyed them.

All of the club members had read Love Fraud before my visit, and were ready with questions for me. They wanted to know more about how James Montgomery convinced me to marry him. They asked about my pets. They asked about sociopaths in general—and as I explained the disorder, many readers realized that they knew someone who seemed to have the traits.

Naming the social predators among us

Editor’s note: This is a more complete explanation of a proposal I made a few weeks ago.

How do you avoid a social predator? First, you have to know that they exist.

I didn’t know they existed. So when a charming, charismatic and supremely confident man swept into my life, I didn’t know that charm, charisma and overconfidence were red flags that he might be a predator. And he was. This man took a quarter-million dollars from me, cheated with at least six women during our 2.5-year marriage, had a child with one of the women, and then, 10 days after I left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.

Sociopaths Going Backwards

Sociopaths rarely go forward with their lives with reliable, sustainable momentum; at best, they may zig-zag for a while with the good (and bad) luck of a gambler; or go sidways for a while, “seeming” to hold it together.

But eventually, the sociopath tends to go backwards. He is much like the person on a high-speed treadmill who, no mattter how hard he or she walks or runs, finds himself, sooner or later, drifting off the end of the machine.

CBS says ‘Three Cups of Tea’ is a lie

Last week, the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired a program about Greg Mortenson. He wrote Three Cups of Tea, his inspirational story about his experiences in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which he parlayed into a foundation raising money to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. On 60 Minutes, however, others say the entire incident never happened, and Mortenson is using the foundation to promote his book.

Read and watch the video, Questions over Greg Mortensn’s stories, on CBSNews.com.

Read ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author denies 60 Minutes claims, on ABCNews.com.

Story suggested by a Lovefraud reader.

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