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Sociopathic behavior among the rich and famous

Several stories in the news recently seem to indicate the deceit, abuse and violence of sociopathic behavior among the glitterati.

Remember Michaele Salahi? She and her husband Tareq, crashed the White House State Dinner in 2009. Well, apparently after the reality show Real Housewives of DC got canned, she needed more publicity. So she ran off with Neal Schon, lead guitarist for the rock band Journey.

Read: Michaele Salahi ”˜Journeys’ into yet another publicity stunt on Time.com.

Speaking of Real Housewives, Taylor Armstrong, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, just released hospital photos of her after she had been physically assaulted by her husband, Russell Armstrong.

Read Shocking Taylor Armstrong black eye photos on ETOnline.com

Russell Armstrong committed suicide last month. His lawyer stated that he was “100% convinced” that Armstrong’s role in the reality show created his depression. But, previous news reports indicated that Russell Armstrong had a history of domestic violence towards previous wives and girlfriends, so it sounds more like a typical sociopath who assaulted his partners and then made good on suicide threats.

Read ”˜Real Housewives’ husband apparently kills himself, authorities say on CNN.com.

Read Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s Husband’s violent past on RadarOnline.com.

Finally, in a case involving people who are rich but not necessarily famous, James “Bob” Ward is on trial in Orlando, Florida, charged with the second-degree murder of his wife. Diane Ward was shot in the face. Prosecutors say that Bob Ward calmly called authorities, then kept changing his story about what happened.

Read Accident or murder? Florida millionaire on trial for wife’s death on CNN.com.


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Thanks for posting these Donna~

Over the past few days I am no longer a “Journey” fan!!

Pathetic!! Sociopaths getting paid “boo coo” bucks for their disgusting antics. I seriously believe “Reality TV” is opening the arena for breeding more sociopathic behavior.

I can think of several famous sociopaths throughout history. And the one who always comes to mind is Henry the 8th of England.

Other than his first wife Catherine of Aragon he would only last a short while with each proceeding wife.

He executed two and divorced two. One died in childbirth and the last one nearly escaped execution. When he got tired of his wives he got rid of them and found another replacement very quickly.

This didn’t count the numerous affairs and illegitimate children he made. For the most part he fit the classic mold of the sociopath thru and thru.

Can anyone else think and name other famous or rich people who fit the classic mold of a sociopath?

W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman’s account of Henry VIII, from 1066 And All That: A Memorable History of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates

CHAPTER 31

Bluff King Hal

HENRY VIII was a strong King with a very strong sense of humour and VIII wives, memorable amongst whom were Katherine the Arrogant, Anne of Cloves, Lady Jane Austin, and Anne Hathaway. His beard was, however, red.

In his youth Henry was fond of playing tennis and after his accession is believed never to have lost a set. He also invented a game called “Bluff King Hal” which he invited his ministers to play with him. The players were blindfolded and knelt down with their heads on a block of wood; they then guessed whom the King would marry next.

Cardinal Wolsey, the memorable homespun statesman and inventor of the Wolsack, played this game with Henry and won. But his successor, Cromwell (not to be confused with Cromwell), after winning on points, was disqualified by the King (who always acted as umpire), and lost.

In the opinion of Shakespeare (the memorable playwriter and Top Poet) his unexpected defeat was due to his failure to fling away ambition.

The Restoration

Henry wanted the Pope to give him a divorce from his first wife, Katherine. He wanted this because (a) she was Arrogant, (b) he had married her a very long time ago, (c) when she had a baby it turned out to be Broody Mary, and Henry wanted a boy, (d) he thought it would be a Good Thing.

The Pope, however, refused, and seceded with all his followers from the Church of England. This was called the Restoration.

Henry’s Plan Fails

Curiously enough Henry had all the time had an idea about a new wife for himself called Anne, who, he thought, looked as if she would be sure to have a son. So when the Divorce was all over (or nearly) he married her; but he was wrong about Anne, because she had a girl too, in a way (see Elizabeth).

After this Henry was afraid his reign would not be long enough for any more divorces, so he gave them up and executed his wives instead.(*) He also got less interested in his wives and gave himself up to Diplomacy, spending a great deal of his time playing tennis, etc., with the young King of France in a field called the Field of the Crock of Gold.

(*)NOTE All except Anne of Cloves, whom he had on approval from Belgium and sent back on discovering that she was really not a queen at all but a “fat mare with glanders”.

[…]

The Monasteries

One of the strongest things that Henry VIII did was about the Monasteries. It was pointed out to him that no one in the monasteries was married, as the Monks all thought it was still the Middle Ages. So Henry, who, of course, considered marrying a Good Thing, told Cromwell to pass a very strong Act saying that the Middle Ages were all over and the monasteries were all to be dissolved. This was called the Disillusion of the Monasteries.

CHAPTER 32

Edward VI and Broody Mary

EDWARD VI and Broody Mary were the two small Tudors who came in between the two big ones, Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Edward VI was only a boy and consequently was not allowed to have his reign properly, but while he was sitting on the throne everyone in the land was forced to become Protestant, so that Broody Mary would be able to put them to death afterwards for not being Roman Catholics. A good many people protested against this treatment and thus it was proved that they were Protestants, but most of the people decanted and were all right. Broody Mary’s reign was, however, a Bad Thing, since England is bound to be C. of E., so all the executions were wasted.

Redwald,

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

We see it in politicians, CEOs and Kings, dictators and rock stars. Nothing new really.

josh on “project runway” right now. pam on “food network’s next star” or the summer. both clearly sociopaths… josh is way smarter and a better con-man than pam. she is the steamroller type sociopath.. but there it is/was for everyone to see!

clearly.

I normally don’t watch ET, but the TV was on and I saw some of an interview with Taylor about her injuries which she said were the result of serial beating from her husband, and apparently he committed suicide after he saw the MRI of the damage done to her skull and head. She said he “cried” when he saw the photos…I don’t buy “remorse” from men who beat their wives for years no matter how much they cry and say sorry!

These “stars” are no better.worse than Jerry springer stories….nothing but “trashy behvaior” or more technically, psychopathic behavior.

Donna, I read that in this mornings paper here….I think that “defense” of “you can’t get a fair trial in Florida because of casey Anthony” is almost as “good” as the “I killed him because I ate too many Twinkies when I was a kid and it warped my brain” LOL

In this morning’s paper as well, the former President of the State University nearest me was tried and convicted for trying to get $300,000 “bonus” to cover his secret gambling debts….and will be sentenced Monday. Part of hhis “pleas” for being let off with probation instead of a prison sentence were for his “public service” as a legislator and as president of the University he tried to steal from and left in millions of dollars in debt that he illegally contracted for behind the back of the board of directors. LOL Funny thing though, the man who replaced him has just been fired after about a year there, for taking a $700,000 “gift” for signing a contract with a company for the school dining services for the dorm students. LOL

There just always seems to be some “excuse” for the bad behavior…

Donna

Totally nutty people. They are drawn to do things in the public eye.

Arnold S. is writing a autobiography. It will be interesting to see what kind of picture he paints.

I think Skylar’s story would make an excellent book. Barbara Oakley should interview HER.

Superkid

Superkid,
nobody would believe it, it’s just too insane. 🙁

Yea, Arnie’s “truthful” AUTO-bio will most likely NOT be! LOL

Marshall Mathers

Hey! SOME people DO get it. I read this article about Bernie Madoff.Aug 30, 2011 by BIANNA GOLODRYGA.

after writing a letter to convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino was on his way to dinner when he got a collect call from the world’s most notorious financial fraudster.
“His voice is the most amazing, soothing voice,” Gasparino told “Good Morning America” today. “You really feel like you’re talking to your uncle, your nice, rich uncle who’s a nice guy and, you know, you don’t feel like you’re talking to an arch-criminal.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bernie-madoff-interviewer-pathological/story?id=14410917

Anyone else have someone like that? My spath was SOOOOooo kindly and gentle talking, with a voice that he’d drop an octave b/f his trademark “me? with my honest face?” jest. B/c if you questioned his motives, he auto implied that you were being difficult. The article went on…

alternate reality” Madoff seemed to be creating for himself.
“His side of the story was pretty simple,” Gasparino said. “It’s, ‘Listen, I was kind of victimized too. You know, I was part of a racket, which is Wall Street. And by the way, my clients all knew I was ripping people off… They were forcing me to do this because they had such high expectations. So I’m kind of a victim too.”
“It’s got to be delusional,” Gasparino said

I’d say that’s right on. DELUSIONAL. Yet able to excuse and justify in the most congenial tone of voice and people LISTENED to that tone and NOT to the words. He’s SO nice they conclude. Trustworthy even.

Is modulating tone of voice on the list of spath traits? I vote for that one.

yep, Katy, they work on their voice. Mine can make it hypnotic. In fact when I went to a hypnotherapist, I got triggered because she used some of the same tones and rhythms that spath used. I had to remind myself that this was not a spath therapist.

The intuition exchange had me think of my spath’s hypnotic voice today several times. That is an ability I can ascribe to him. Even when my intuition showed me in dreams what was really going on, whenever I had him on the phone he could soothingly say that there was nothing going on, that he was not making or getting into trouble, that everything was “tranquilo” and everything would turn out fine. And when he did that, all of a sudden worries were poof gone… until a few days later. That’s how he managed to extend the expiring date of our relationship.

He had me so used to those words “todo tranquilo aqui” that it would make me relax when I read it on a chat or a message too, and I’d feel like a fool for being so worried in the first place. When I happened by accident last weekend upon some comments through his sister’s profile, that was the answer I read from him. She was worried and begged the new woman to give her a call or write her an email, and his response was the soothing, “What are you on about? We’re all tranquilo here! No worries!” And heck even now I could feel the power of that word brainwashed into me.

yes, hypnotic. as in jedi mind trick.

in my biz, they advise us that when speaking to a group, drop our voices an octave b/c it makes a person appear more authoritative.

guess I lost my authoritative tone when I was screaming at my husband to not kill the heifer… I interferred every time I saw him rev up and chase one down. Hmmm. Maybe if I dropped my voice, he’da listened: Hey baby (deep), wanna let her go this time?

Well that’s my question. It works on me. Do ya think it’d work on them, the spaths?

Very interesting question. Curious for the answer on that one myself 🙂

Bit of a problem to drop my voice lower as it is. It is a low voice by itself. Which reminds me of my spath’s voice. Everybody commented on his with a “is this really your voice?”: very low and rasping.

I hope I’ll never hear that voice ever again in my life

Wow! Just read this and so many things came to mind. Actually it’s something offbeat directed towards us not them. Everyone is exposed to these people…. Money cannot buy happiness,security or safety. Mind you money does make life easier.. Only a fool would think otherwise. My thought for today; if I won an endless amount of money what would I do? Hmm we all have the quick and easy answers, lol, pay off spath, secure our children’s future, ect. What then? No one on this blog came here by accident. We were subjected to something WE allowed in. It’s not our fault they were lies. However if we don’t have boundaries, knoweledge, self love… Money means nothing. In fact it could only serve as a distraction allowing us to continue…just a strange thought. “the lesson is in the journey not the victory”.. It’s a tough one to swallow!

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