“True Lovefraud Stories” on Lovefraud.com is a collection of case studies about people who lied their way into the lives of others, leaving a wake of destruction. Some committed fraud. Some committed bigamy. Some committed murder.
Five of the perpetrators in the True Lovefraud Stories received jail terms for their actions. Of the five, three are out of prison and two, claiming innocence, are appealing their convictions.
Ed Hicks was convicted of bigamy in Virginia on March 6, 2006. He was sentenced to a year in prison. With credit for the time already served, he was expected to remain incarcerated until the end of 2006. Due to his good behavior in prison, he was released on probation on October 18, 2006.
“I have no idea where he is, nor do I care, just as long as he doesn’t come near me or my family,” said Sandra Phipps, his ex-wife who initially filed the bigamy charge. “I know he wants me dead or harmed since I ripped his mask off. I will forever watch my back.
“I am sure if he has access to a computer he is already preying on his next victim,” Phipps continued. “Hopefully, not being allowed access to a computer would be one of his conditions of probation; however, I don’t know how you would enforce that. Fortunately there is a plethora of information out there about him if a woman does meet him via the Internet and just Googles his name—that is if he gives his real name!”
Michele Drake pleaded guilty of fraud, theft and credit card theft in a Nova Scotia court on March 9, 2006. At the time of the trial, she was already incarcerated, having been convicted of stealing her brother’s identity in October, 2005.
With the two trials, Drake was sentenced to a total of four years, four months and 20 days. As a non-violent offender, she was locked up for less than a year, receiving day parole in July, 2006.
Drake was a legend in her hometown of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia. Jack Ronalds was her wedding photographer and had to resort to withholding her proof book to get paid. Ronalds said Drake stiffed the ladies’ auxiliary of the local fire department for the cost of her reception in the fire hall.
Sherie Nash of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, had befriended Drake—and became one of her victims. “She is out of jail and living in a halfway house in Sydney, Nova Scotia until February 7, 2007,” Nash says. “Then she is free to go ”¦ and destroy more trust and faith.”
Rabbi Fred Neulander
After two trials, Rabbi Fred Neulander of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was convicted of hiring a hit man to murder his wife. On January 16, 2003, he was sentenced to life in prison, although he could have received the death penalty. He is the only rabbi in America ever convicted of murder.
Neulander continues to proclaim his innocence. On October 23, 2006, Neulander sought to reopen his case, claiming that the jury should have been allowed to hear testimony about another unsolved murder in the Cherry Hill area to which the confessed hit man was allegedly linked. A pubic defender represented Neulander before the three-judge appeals panel. They have not yet announced a decision.
Anthony Owens was allegedly married to eight women at the same time. He pleaded guilty of one count of bigamy in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on March 17, 2004. He received a six-year sentence—two years in a state prison and four years of probation. Owens was released from prison on November 5, 2005.
In a sensational case, Scott Peterson was convicted of killing his wife and unborn child in November, 2004. The jury sentenced him to death. Peterson is now on death row in San Quentin Prison in California.
Peterson is appealing his conviction. Messages from Scott Peterson are posted on a website hosted by the Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The Peterson family maintains a website called ScottPetersonAppeal.org. Lovefraud has received e-mail from people insisting that Peterson is innocent.
Violence vs. non-violence
There are two basic groups of sociopaths—those who are violent, and those who are not.
The violent sociopaths do not show remorse. They either claim they are innocent, or admit their guilt and still show no remorse.
The non-violent group is far larger. No matter how much damage these people cause, no matter how many lives they ruin, sooner or later they are back on the street. The only thing the rest of us can do is know the symptoms of a sociopath, and if we see them, run.