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Finally, Jeffrey Marsalis convicted of date rape

Two years ago, I wrote, with great frustration, about the case of Jeffrey Marsalis, who is an obvious sociopath, for those of us who know what they look like. The guy met women on Match.com, claiming to be a trauma surgeon, an astronaut, and even a CIA agent. He invited them for drinks, drugged them, and while they were unconscious, raped them.

In June 2007, six women—all young professionals—told exactly the same story in a Philadelphia courtroom. But the defense convinced the jury that they were nothing but vengeful, lying women who willingly had sex and then regretted it. Jeffrey Marsalis was acquitted. See:

Fake doctor Jeffrey Marsalis acquitted of date rape

Marsalis was tried twice, and acquitted twice, in Philadelphia. But there was another case against him in Sun Valley, Idaho. And this case had a crucial difference: The victim went immediately to a hospital, a rape kit was performed, and the police were notified. This time, unlike in Philadelphia, there was physical evidence.

Idaho conviction

Even though the Idaho jury was not permitted to hear evidence from the Philadelphia cases, Jeffrey Marsalis was found guilty in April 2009. But at his sentencing on June 30, the judge was permitted to consider Marsalis’ conduct in those cases, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Finally. One predator is off the streets.

Marsalis expressed no regret in the Philadelphia cases, but facing jail time for the Idaho case, apologized to the victim. Last week, for the first time, Marsalis spoke to the media. In an interview with ABC News, in typical sociopathic fashion, he denied everything. “Let me make something very, very clear to you,” Marsalis said. “I have never drugged anybody. I have never raped anybody. I have never forced myself on anybody. Ever.”

Media coverage

The case drew a lot of media attention. ABC News also did a television show about it on Primetime, in which several of the victims, including the former fiancée of Marsalis told their stories.

Self Magazine published an extensive article which detailed the crime. One of the problems in Philadelphia, according to experts quoted in the article, was that the women were too calm and composed on the witness stand. This did not match the jury’s preconceived notions about how a rape victim should behave. Apparently, the jury assumed that if they’d really been raped, they’d be upset. Since they weren’t crying on the witness stand, they must be lying.

The article also delved into the psychology of date rape victims, explaining why none of the women Marsalis raped in Philadelphia called the police. Although the article never mentions sociopaths, I think some of us may have experienced similar dynamics. The article may shed a bit more light on why it’s so hard to break away from these predators. It’s worth a read.

For more info, click:

ABC Primetime: The multiple identities—and crimes—of Jeffrey Marsalis

ABC Primetime: Accused serial rapist casts his net

ABC News: Jeffrey Marsalis speaks publicly for the first time

Self: The crime against women that no one understands


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Thank you, Donna. One less violent predator on the streets is always good news. While the story and Self article are disturbing on a most nauseating level, both were worthwhile and informative… especially the psychological analysis of the victims. Should be required reading for parents as their daughters begin to date, too, so that parents can empower their daughters to be aware that such evil exists. (To clarify my words and avoid any misunderstanding given the limits of the on-line format, that is DEFINITELY NOT to say that anyone who doesn’t know and is a victim, or knows of such things and is still a victim is at fault in ANY WAY!!!) The initial failure of the justice system particularly was as disturbing as the crimes themslves, in my opinion. The crimes against these women are heratbreaking and their re-victimization by th “system” is inexcusable. The prosecutors who continued their attempts to hold this violent offender accountable are to be commended!

Dear Donna,

I saw the prime time crime episode, and they interviewed one of the jury women, and the woman was a complete IDIOT. I think if they had had a video or he had confessed she would still have voted not guilty. she was one of the MOST IGNORANT PEOPLE I ahve ever seen….unfortunately, juries are made up of people who watch CSI and Law and Order and they don’t get what is “reasonable doubt” at all.

When HE TESTIFIED, they showed the video of that testimony and he was SO OBVIOUSLY ARROGANT and when he was interviewed after his conviction, DITTO—what an arrogant ass! He was, to me, text book high level narcissistic psychopath. Glad he is behind bars for “life”—no parole until 2032 I think I remember.

All I can say is that I think I made the ultimately healthy choice for myself to NOT pursue prosecution…especially seeing what this guy got away with. Not only does all this anger me from the perspective of people not understanding what a sociopath is..HELLO….but people still seem to think it is an easy thing to accuse someone of raping you. A NORMAL woman does not want to come forward and say that. It takes a great deal of moral courage to do so.

Justabouthealed:
My biggest regret in my life is trying to get the psychopath solicitor who stole my inheritance and my home, charged and struck off the bar register. So yes, you certainly did the right thing there! The P solicitor’s kingdom has grown tenfold in geography, money and power, (corrupt detectives included). He and his son still practise the same methods of gaining their “income”. I wish I had left the whole court case, charging him and writing to everyone alone. He annihalated me. If it were not for my son, I would rather he have killed me than go through that. It took seven years.
What really makes me furious is the word “date rape”. What the hell is the difference between “rape” and “date rape”? Oh, I know, ir its “date rape” then the guy is definitely innocent. I forgot. Jody Fosters brilliant performance in that movie years ago pretty much covered the lengths the “all -sexist -male ” patriarch court will go to let let off one of their brothers.

Men will stick by each other and be each other’s “wingman” until the bitter end. Not the case with women. Women are catty towards each other.

Men treat each other like “brothers”.
Women, on the other hand, never miss an opportunity to stab each other in the back.

What really infuriates me is when a woman cries rape when there was no rape, because it make it 100 times harder for the real victims of rape to come forward and get justice.

I think that might be why women are harder on other women in rape cases than men are. Just my theory.

Unless of course, all the women in the jury were nurses.

Donna:
Guess you didn’t like that comment.

My view is that women go through so much in this patriarchal world and try to be a good person so bad that they get so disappointed in other women living up to any male mold. You know, selffulfilling prophecy: becoming what they already think you are. and most women have tried in their lives very hard to find their own path and balance everything and they just get disappointed with other women? I dont know, its just A view. i always realise women have it tougher. i also try to be gentle to the men that try to not fit the male mold either ( and dont live up to the stereotypical alpha male). However my psychopathic ex acted like he wasnt and played right into that, so i needed to be aware that psychopaths exist. I never could have imagined it, strangely…no matter how many murdercases you see on tv, you wont recognize it when it is right in front of you or worse, in you bed, in your house….
when i told a lot of people the truth around him, he ‘hired’ someone to shut me up. i withdrew. back in europe. hopefully ( and i think that) this was truly the end of the nightmare.

Dear MariaLisa,

Yes, that is so true, and him hiring someone and saying such nasty things is called the “smear campaign” they try to make US look like the crazy ones—we tell our story and NO ONE believes us. Even telling the story makes us look crazy because who could be so cruel? Of course everything we say is TRUE but no one believes us.

Keep on reading, Marialisa, you will find out so much more that will help you. WE (here) can validate that YOU ARE NOT CRAZY because we too have been made to look crazy in that smear campaign—we have seen the “alien land in the space ship” (we might as well tell such a story, it would make more people believe us! )LOL

I managed to watch the ABC newsreel and read the article, but ABC wont let us watch the prime time shows here. This guy makes me want to puke. I heard what his female legal representitive said and found it amazing. Are women really less likely to support other women in cases like this? I was thinking about this, and at first thought, no that isnt true, I would be more likely to take the side of the woman automatically… but then I considered my own experiences, and how I reacted with the S/P’s ex wife when she told me what he was. I was far more ready to believe that she was’just a woman scorned’ than him being evil. I am ashamed of myself for that now. But I was in love with him,… I wonder how I would react in circumstances where the accused was not a S/P.

I have managed to get them to play. Cripes, I cant believe that information about something as serious as rape cannot be shared across the country, from Idaho to philladelphia. When he pulls all those stupid faces while jodi is on the stand! And the defense lawyer trying to say that because you were drunk it doesnt necessariy mean you were raped!grrrr.

Thanks Oxdrover.
Although he thought he could sue me for slander. i did contact a lot of people. merey the people he let me meet and i wanted to tell them the truth, to:
-clear myself/ get rid of the nasty feeling that people i met would have god knows what kind of idea about me ( having no clue anymore about what kind of other persons he also is apart from the saint like type he PRETENDED to me around me)
-give people the truth as i knew it, of him

but i was punished gravely. im still afraid of visiting america…where im from you cant just hire people like private detectives and bad boys. it seemed like the stuff we see in movies, but apparantly these things happen in the states. its more anonymous or something i dunno. my psychopathic ex has lived in so many states and also in europe. canada wont even let him enter their country. he was arrested in europe too. in america for violence and fraud…i will never know what is the whole exact truth. even though i (to be honest!) would still love to know….

MariaLisa, I understand how you feel!!!!! Jeff Marsalis was my roommate when I lived in Florida. We used to run the bars and their were times when I was going to beat the crap out of him because of stunts he pulled when we were out. Now I wish I had!!!! My mouth dropped when I watched the 20/20 piece back in 2012. I couldn’t believe it was him. Now that I think back there were allot of things that didn’t make sense when it came to him. I do know his dad supported him financially and probably still does!!! Hope I never see him again if he ever gets out!!! It will be ugly. I wish you the best. Smoke3564

Dear Marialisa,

Violence on the part of a psychopath is possible ANYWHERE, and sounds like yours is possibly a potentially violent person toward you. I’m sorry you have had to deal with this, but keeping SAFE is the best thing.

Continue to read and learn and hang around here. We are having a hard time here right now, with some chaos caused I think from some persons here that have come here to taunt and make trouble on this site, but it will calm down soon, I know so hang in there, this is a great place for healing and we have so many wonderful people to support and validate you! Hugs

Aw thanks Oxdrover. I will wait for the whole thing here to ‘cool down’ before I will post more personal stuff like I have before.
Thanks!!!!

It has cooled down now, Donna put up a thread about she has blocked the spammers that were coming on from a sociopathic “share the glee” site where they brag about attacking lovefraud. There may be more of them come back, but we must not let them side track this very compassi9onate and healing site. This site has saved my life and my sanity I have no doubt! Keep coming back and reading and reading and learning, because the more we know about them and the more we know about how they hooked us, we can make ourselves less vulnerable to being hooked by another one of these monsters. (((hugs)))

Rape victims – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The jury thought they were too calm. I’m sure if they were crying and upset, the jury would think they were too hysterical.

It is interesting how there is no “right” way to behave for a victim, yet the perpetrator all too often gets away with being smugly self-righteous, indignantly angry, or condescendingly feigns sympathy for the victim’s plight while claiming to have no involvement. Classic ploys for a sociopath.

nottakingitanymore,
You’ve certainly got a point.If there’s an expected “right” way for anyone to act….then isn’t that exactly what it becomes;AN ACT?!

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