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The cardboard cutout sociopath

James Montgomery at a business meeting.

James Montgomery at a business meeting.

My sociopathic ex-husband, James Montgomery, considered himself to be an entrepreneur, the equal of any man who ever built a commercial empire. As he was seducing me, painting a glimmering picture of how successful and rich we would become, he proclaimed that he would be “the next Walt Disney.”

When Montgomery went to business meetings, he wore a jacket, trousers, and a polo shirt. He refused to wear ties, but he always had a silk square in his jacket pocket. He told me that even when he was young, he always dressed up in jackets and cravats, eschewing the psychedelic fashions of the 60s.

Con man Kevin Trudeau claims poverty, then spends $900 on cigars

Kevin Trudeau peddled weight loss and other products for decades on infomercials products that didn’t work. The Federal Trade Commission slapped him with a $38 million fine which he claims to be too poor to pay, even as he spends $900 on cigars and $180 on haircuts.

Infomercial king Kevin Truda thrown in jail after lavish spending, on SunTimes.com.

Kevin Trudeau, the pitchman the Feds can’t stop, on TheDailyBeast.com

Story suggested by a Lovefraud reader.

 

Psychopaths’ brains react to pain in themselves, but not others

Researchers studied the brains of 121 prison inmates who were categorized as weakly, moderately or highly psychopathic. While in an fMRI brain imaging machine, the inmates were shown photos of someone experiencing physical pain, for example, a finger caught in a door.

Asked to imagine it was their finger, the psychopaths’ brains showed typical neural responses. But asked to imagine it was another person’s finger, the psychopathic brains did not register a pain response. They showed a pleasure response.

Neurological basis for lack of empathy in psychopaths, on ScienceDaily.com.

Here’s another similar study:

Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others, on ScienceDaily.com.

Posted in: Scientific research

Con artist Barry Minkow starts young, keeps going

Barry Minkow founded a carpet cleaning company in 1986, while still in high school. He took the company public and was a millionaire at 18. Except the whole thing was a fraud, and he went to prison.

Then he got caught on stock fraud charges. Then he became a pastor, but apparently defrauded his church as well.

Ponzi schemer Barry Minkow facing third strike, on NYPost.com.

 

Was I ever loved?

Mary Ann Glynn adOne of the most confusing things people grapple with during and after a relationship with a sociopath is wondering if any of the “love” was real. It’s a total mind f—.

You think of the beginning of the relationship in which your partner was the most romantic person you ever dated — how attentive he was. (I’ll refer to male sociopaths, but they may be female as well.) He may have even been thoughtful and empathetic if you confided in him about someone or a situation troubling you in your life. He may have remembered each occasion with wonderful gifts.

Donna Andersen on Huff Post Live today

Donna Andersen will be interviewed at 12:30 p.m., Eastern time, on Huffington Post Live. This is a video interview, and the topic is, “When Divorce Happens for Dark Reasons.”

Here’s the link. You can sign up to be notified when the interview goes life.

Huff Post Live: When Divorce Happens for Dark Reasons

The interview will be archived, so you can also use the same link to watch it later.

UPDATE:

The interview was great, and the other guests offered valuable information. You can listen any time by clicking the link above.

Also, my portion was posted on AOL:

Letter to Lovefraud: How I was duped by a young sociopath and believed all his lies – until now!

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received the following e-mal from the reader who posts as “Kataroux.”

In December 2005, my husband, who was also a sociopath, just not as ruthless, overdosed and died. I was devastated by the sudden death, and the fact that he chose to do it on my Son’s 11th birthday. The first person to show up was my recent sociopath (we will call him “D” so he has a name), and he was there to “help me through” and “make me laugh.” He was a relative of my late husband but knew what I had gone through with my husband’s drug addiction, and he and I had spent many of hours talking about what was going on for years prior to my husband’s death. So he knew me very well, knew I loved completely, and knew I would serve the need for his sociopathic ways. I wish I would have known then what I know now.

Nicholas Brooks sentenced to 25 years to life for strangling his girlfriend, Silvie Cachay

Silvie Cachay, 33, a swimsuit designer, was found dead on Dec. 9, 2010, in an an exclusive New York City hotel. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, now 27, was convicted of murder. Brooks lived off of Cachay and apparently spent most of his time smoking marijuana. When Cachay wanted him to clean up his act, Brooks became enraged. Not long after that, she was dead.

Designer’s boyfriend is sentenced in killing at Soho House, on NYTimes.com.

At murder trial, jurors hear of turbulent relationship, on NYTimes.com.

Jerry Sandusky wants a new trial

Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky

Last year, Jerry Sandusky, a former football coach at Penn State university, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. Now lawyers say there were errors in the trial and Sandusky should get a new one.

Jerry Sandusky seeking new trial, on ESPN.go.com.

 

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