Prison gives sociopaths an opportunity to plot and scheme

Many of us have been involved with sociopaths who committed crimes, ranging from fraud to drug distribution to murder. Many times we report their activities to law enforcement, and the authorities do nothing. (That’s what I experienced.) Or, the case is prosecuted and the criminal gets off. We are left with nothing but our frustration.

If the offense is serious enough, however, the sociopaths may be prosecuted and sent to prison. We rejoice. But throwing the bums in jail may be a mixed blessing. Yes, they’re off the street, and we can sort of rest easy—temporarily. But while the offenders are locked up, they have guaranteed food, shelter and medical care. Some have access to libraries and the Internet. And they often have the right to free legal services.

With their basic needs taken care of, prisoners have nothing but time on their hands. Time to plot, scheme—and file tax returns. Last year, the IRS detected 173,000 fraudulent tax returns filed by prison inmates, claiming $2.5 billion in tax refunds. Of that, $1.1 billion was claimed by just two inmates.

Those are the cases that the IRS detected. They don’t know what they missed.

Here are cases of prison plotting and scheming associated with Lovefraud readers:

Patrick Alexander

William Patrick Alexander, son of the Lovefraud contributor Joyce Alexander, murdered a 17-year-old girl back in 1992, and has been locked up ever since. But from behind bars, he tried to arrange his mother’s murder. He sent his former cell mate to infiltrate Joyce’s family, and she had to flee for her life.

Patrick Alexander comes up for parole this year. Joyce is fighting his release.

Mark Ledden

I recently heard from Denise Escher, former wife of Mark Ledden, who is profiled in True Lovefraud Stories. Ledden assaulted Denise on Valentine’s Day 2009, stabbing her 11 times in front of their two young sons. He was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.

So what has he done while in prison? Demand visitation with the boys. Denise’s lawyer got his first petition thrown out. But he’s just filed another one. He asks for mail correspondence and telephone calls with his sons, now ages 10 and 7, copies of medical and school records, and for the boys to visit their paternal grandfather. Ledden wrote:

Plaintiff believes it would not only be healthy buy (sic) helpful to have a relationship with their natural biological father, as opposed to no relationship during the developmental years of life.

Ledden does not mention that one of his sons, who witnessed the attack, was totally traumatized. And, in a letter to Denise’s attorney, Ledden blames the entire episode on drugs, which he accused Denise of taking as well. (She did not.) Read:

Mark Ledden petition for visitation with his sons

Mark Ledden letter to Denise Escher’s attorney

Oh, and because, being in prison, he is indigent, Ledden also asked for a free attorney to represent him in the matter. Denise says the court has appointed an attorney for him, one she described as “accomplished.”

Patrick Giblin

Another of the True Lovefraud Stories is about Patrick Giblin. This man was arrested because he defrauded 132 women out of a total of $320,241—money that he blew in Atlantic City’s casinos. He met them on telephone chat lines, convinced him that he loved them, and asked for money.  In 2007, he was sentenced to 115 months in prison—that’s 9.5 years.

So what has Giblin been doing? Apparently plotting his escape. Lovefraud received an email from one of his many victims. She was notified by the US Victim Notification on January 18, 2012, that Giblin escaped from the Luzerne Community Correctional Facility.

What will Giblin do on the outside? I’m sure he’ll go back to scamming women. In fact, perhaps he’s been talking to women all along from prison, and that’s how he escaped.

Hard labor

Many sociopaths view prison time as simply an occupational hazard, part of the game. Others go to prison and expand their skills at deceit, manipulation and criminal activity. They are not rehabilitated.

Perhaps prisons should get back in the practice of making inmates at least the sociopathic ones do hard labor. Then maybe they’d be too tired to plot and scheme.

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my exspath was obsessed with exorcism. It’s because he knew he was going to hell. I think there’s a parallel here.

Spaths are always plotting and planning their exit plan.

I really should apologize for posting random comments as they happen to cross my mind, “stream of consciousness” style. Like that one on another thread about “Enumclaw” sounding like something “spelled backwards,” for instance.

Anyway, on this thread one thing that crossed my mind was in the account of Patrick Goblin—er, “Giblin,” sorry! (but I bet that jerkoff is no better than Tolkien’s evil “goblins” in Lord of the Rings, so it’s just a Freudian slip of sorts)—where I read that Giblin defrauded 132 women out of a total of $320,241, which he blew in Atlantic City’s casinos.

Now the instant I’m faced with a statement like that, being possessed of a mathematical mind, the first thing I’m compelled to do is to mentally divide $320,241 by 132, which tells me this goblin deprived these women of an average of something like $2500 apiece.

$2500 is an infuriating sum to be deprived of—in the short term it can be a serious blow for many people in straitened financial circumstances—but it’s not a crippling loss for anyone in the long term. However, what bothers me about this is what we’re not told here. I realize there’s nothing deliberate about what we’re not being told, of course. But I’ll bet my boots that this $320,241 total was not made up of anything like 132 equal amounts! I’ll bet most of these 132 victims were rooked for relatively small amounts, while the bulk of that total was made up by a tiny handful of victims who lost huge amounts—far more than they could ever make up for. It’s those I feel especially sorry for.

As for the murderer Patrick Alexander, I’m mentally working on a letter about him, and other menaces like him.

Dear Red, I would GREATLY appreciate a letter to the parole board from you for my protest. (see the article here on LF about where to send it) I am very grateful for ANY AND ALL letters of protest for his release. My attorney mentioned today that he had had letters coming in which he will put with the packet of letters we are preparing for the board.

Thanks very much.

Oxy, I would like to write a letter to the parole board. I’m going to sit down tonight and do it.

I have a half-brother who has been in prison for 16 years for manslaughter. We weren’t raised together (my NPD dad took off and remarried) but I feel that he has Cluster B characteristics. I worry about him being unleashed on the public after all these years of being incarcerated. He’s been learning from the masters how to get over on people. His release date is this year.

The difference between my state and yours is that there is definite sentencing. Parole is a thing of the past.

DawnG, thank you, ALL letters appreciated very very much. It is only when we let these political appointees know that SOMEONE IS NOTICING that they don’t just try to clear out the cells to save money in these hard economic times. In the end, lettingn them out COSTS MORE because of the crimes they commit.

OOh, Donna, please let us know what happens in Denise’s case. I will of course keep this woman and her children in my prayers. I hope the courts have some sort of COMMON SENSE in this situation.

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