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Archive for October, 2013

A neuroscientist and his psychopathic brain

James Fallon, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, human behavior, anatomy and neurobiology, discovered that his own brain matches the brains of diagnosed psychopaths. In this radio interview, he talks about psychopaths, their brains, and why he didn’t turn into an exploiter.

Am I a psychopath? on ScienceFriday.com.

 

Recovery From A Sociopath: Redefining Success

By Quinn Pierce

 

I was very proud to be sitting in the front row in my pretty new dress, listening to the speaker praise us for our accomplishments and hard work.  I had spent two years taking classes at night while running a business from home and taking care of my two children.  There were nights I would be so tired after a three hour class that I would have to pull over and rest my eyes for a few minutes during my hour long commute home late at night.

Balancing Act

Luis Toledo charged with murdering his wife, although her body is yet to be found

Luis Toledo of Deltona, Florida, has been charged in the death of his wife, Yessenia Suarez, and her two children, Michael Otto and Thalia Otto. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for their bodies. Officials have not released the information that led them to press murder charges.

Suarez had recently discussed separating from Toledo.

Husband of missing Deltona woman charged with murder, on WFTV.com.

Story suggested by a Lovefraud reader.

 

 

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Teaching students about sociopaths and abusive relationships

Donna Andersen at HACC

Donna Andersen spoke on October 23, 2013 at the Harrisburg Area Community College, Gettysburg campus.

Last week, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I did presentations at two more colleges about sociopaths and love fraud. On Tuesday, October 22, I spoke at Rutgers University in Camden in the afternoon. Then I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where I did two presentations at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) — Gettysburg Campus, one on October 22 and the other on October 23.

In each of the presentations, there was someone in the audience who knew far too well exactly what I was talking about.

John R. Sperry threatened his wife, Joyce Jaccodie – and then made good on it

Joyce Jaccodie at her daughter's wedding

Joyce Jaccodie at her daughter’s wedding in 1975. From left, Stacey Jaccodie, John Sperry, Joyce Jaccodie, Robin Jaccodie, Robin’s husband Paul, and Kim Jaccodie.

By Stacey Jaccodie

As a child, I didn’t recognize the signs but they were all there. Sadly, we dubbed my mother’s ex-husband’s antics: Stupid Sperry tricks. My mother laughed off and even poked at the lion at times, never understanding the danger that lurked beneath the mask.

My mother married a sociopath. She didn’t know it. No one knew it. It took me years into my adulthood to finally unravel his background and investigate his psyche to learn it. I am not a doctor — I am the daughter of a victim of a sociopath who knows far more today than I’d ever wished for.

The long criminal history of John R. Sperry, formerly John R. Gorbich

John Sperry news article

News coverage of John R. Sperry’s arrest for the acid attack on Joyce Jaccodie.

Sometime between 1966 and 1969, according to Stacey Jaccodie, John R. Gorbich of Neptune, New Jersey, changed his name to John R. Sperry.

Gorbich had plenty of reason to want a new name. He was arrested in 1956 for stealing parts from his employer, the Monmouth Radio Supply Company in New Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Gorbich was 30 years old at the time, and claimed to be a disabled veteran. The value of the stolen parts including boxes of television tubes was approximately $70,000, which was a lot of money in 1956. The Asbury Park Evening Press wrote:

Donna Andersen featured in Press of Atlantic City

Last week I was interviewed by Michelle Post of the Press of Atlantic City. She writes a regular feature called, “Everyone has a story.” Yes, I sure do.

Everyone has a story: Atlantic City woman warns against Love Fraud, on PressOfAtlanticCity.com.

LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: I’m at a loss about what to do (Part 2)

Lovefraud received the following letter from a reader who posts as “WalkingInLight.” Read Part 1 here.

Towards the end of our separation a man rang me from S’s church to see if he could help S and I get back together. He told me he had spoken to S and was now speaking to me to see if he could help. I told him I still loved S but really believed he did not love me. This man said he would talk to S the next time he saw him.

LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: I’m at a loss about what to do (Part 1)

Lovefraud received the following letter from a reader who posts as “WalkingInLight.” Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

I am sharing my story with you to clarify it all in my own head and to see if I should be moving out of this relationship. The trouble is, I have been in this marriage for 20 years (minus some years of separation) and though I know it’s not normal, I have got used to it, and don’t know if it is bad enough to leave, even though I have no love, trust or respect for this man left. I feel he has killed it all. I am confused because we are not living in a hostile way to each other, so I don’t know if it would be more harmful to my children to leave. Here is my story. Sorry in advance for the length.

Readers in Ireland: Do you want to tell your story on the radio?

Lovefraud has been contacted by a producer for RTE Radio in Ireland who is producing a show about people who have been involved with psychopaths. If you live in Ireland and would like to participate, please fill out the Lovefraud Media Survey.

Go to the Lovefraud Media Survey

In fact, any Lovefraud reader who would like to tell your story to the media may sign up. Just fill out some basic information. Then, when I hear from a reporter who is looking for a story like yours, I’ll ask you if you want to talk to him or her.

 

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