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Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, to host free online support group chat Sunday June 11 at 8 pm.

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, offers FREE online chat support group.  Mary Ann GlynnExperience the support of people who know!  Join our free online live chat support group Sunday night, June 11, 2017 at 8 pm EDT at www.destructiverelationshipshelp.com.  Share your struggles and get feedback, support, and hope from others who get it.  The group is professionally run.  Hope to see you there!

Here’s how to join:

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The Marriage Masks: Three types of sociopathic relationships

Woman behind maskHere at Lovefraud, we’ve heard thousands of horror stories of marriages to sociopaths. Thinking about these unfortunate involvements, it seems to me that there are three types of romantic relationships with sociopaths. I call them the Marriage Masks, and they are:

1. Calculated exploitation

The sociopath targets an individual for the explicit purpose of exploiting him or her, using the unsuspecting partner for money, sex, a place to live or something else that the sociopath wants.

My ex-husband, James Montgomery, targeted me because I had what he wanted: money, good credit, my own home and business connections in the city where he decided he was going to make a fortune. He sweet talked me, married me and drained me, and then he moved on without a thought.

Announcing the new Lovefraud website, including online courses

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Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, offers free online chat 4/30/17 at 8 pm EST

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, offers FREE online chat support group.  Mary Ann GlynnExperience the support of people who know!  Join our free online live chat support group Sunday night, April 30, 2017 at 8 pm EDT at www.destructiverelationshipshelp.com.  Share your struggles and get feedback, support, and hope from others who get it.  The group is professionally run.  

Here’s how to join:

At 8 pm come to the site and scroll down the home page to the Services section. Click on the green highlighted “live chat support group,” and you will be brought to the chat room as a Guest#.  When the chat room is not open that link will take you to a page with info on the next group.  Hope to see you there!

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Girl, 17, and her boyfriend, 18, murder her grandparents as they slept

Cassandra Bjorge

Cassandra Bjorge

Wendy and Randall Bjorge, both 63, won custody of their granddaughter, Cassandra, 17, last year. The teenager lived with them in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

But Cassandra said she “had basically had enough.” So she and her boyfriend, Johnny Rider, 18, allegedly murdered them.

After the grandparents had gone to bed, they broke into the house, bludgeoned them and slit their throats.

Teen couple invited friends over to smoke weed and party after murdering girlfriend’s grandparents and hiding their bodies in the house, on DailyMail.co.uk.

Gunman in San Bernardino school shooting just married the victim in January

Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith.

Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith.

Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith, both 53, married on January 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. A month ago, Karen left him.

Monday, April 10, Anderson walked into the San Bernardino elementary school where Karen was a special needs teacher. He shot Karen, killing her and an eight-year-old boy standing behind her. Another boy was injured. Then Anderson killed himself.

“She thought he had a wonderful husband, but she found out he was not wonderful at all. He had other motives,” said Irma Sykes, Karen’s mother, according to the Daily Mail.

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Con man Lasse Hartmann guilty of scamming more than 20 people out of £104,000

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Lasse Hartmann (Police photo)

A British food blogger, Adanma Wokoh, thought she found her soul mate.

Her fiancé, Lars Patreus, was a multi-millionaire wine trader, formerly active in Danish Special Forces, and had provided mental coaching to the elite runner, Usain Bolt.

Actually, he was a Danish con man, Lasse Hartmann, who had recently been released from prison for scamming his own father.

Hartmann was convicted of 22 counts of fraud in Snaresbrook Crown Court in the United Kingdom. He will be sentenced on April 28.

Bride-to-be ‘discovered her entrepreneur fiance was a wine scam fraudster who duped suppliers at their £50,000 wedding and spent just £20 on her fake engagement ring’, on DailyMail.co.uk

Woman charged with murdering her children’s father posts $35 million bail

Tiffany Li (San Mateo County Sheriff's Department)

Tiffany Li (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department)

Tiffany Li, 31, of Hillsborough, California, is charged in a murder-for-hire scheme in the death of Keith Green, 27, the father of their two young daughters.

Li was released from jail yesterday after posting an unprecedented $35 million in bail. Li comes from a wealthy Chinese family, and her mother, along with family friends and associates, raised $4 million in cash and pledged 15 properties valued at $62 million. (In California, twice the bail amount must be met if property is used in lieu of cash.)

Li and Green were in a custody dispute. Friends of Green said he feared for his life.

With a sociopath, the promise “I’ll change” is just another con

Husband Liar Sociopath

Every week, a chapter of my book, “Husband, Liar, Sociopath: How He Lied, Why I Fell For It & The Painful Lessons Learned” (available via Amazon.com, just click on the title or book cover) will be published here on Lovefraud. To read prior chapters, please see the links at the bottom of the post.

Chapter 43A: No Way Out

Wall Street Journal explains that anyone can be conned

con manSophisticated readers of the Wall Street Journal beware: You can be conned, just like the rest of us.

The following article, by Susan Pinker, appeared in last weekend’s edition:

You can’t be fooled by a con? Don’t count on it, on WSJ.com.

The Journal doesn’t provide articles for free, so I’ll provide a summary of key points:

  • 35 million Americans fall for scams each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • One reason we fall for scams is because we are biologically programmed to trust and cooperate.
  • Research shows that we can detect a lie only about 50 percent of the time.

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