Wow. I just watched this video by Fabio D’Andrea and Mel B. It says everything without saying a word. This is four minutes of truth that showcases the horrifying ebb and flow of an abusive relationship. Abusive relationships don’t start this way. The abuser may sweep the victim off their feet, seeming like a long-awaited […]
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“He’s a sadistic stalker who preys on their childhood traumas,” mutters the sublimely cool male detective from behind self-important sunglasses as he surveys the scene. He immediately gives a detailed suspect profile as the fourth button on his tailored button-up shirt strains at the stress of his notable pecs. He continues to saunter as his […]
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*** Yellow teeth bared, he raised the knife in a jerky automaton-like flourish as putrid sweat dripped from his stringy reddish black hair… Is this what you think of when you picture a sociopath? If so, you’re not alone. This is how pop culture often portrays dangerous and dishonest people– in hockey masks, dragging one […]
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Yes, pun intended. This past week I’ve been learning more about Barry H. Landau (he’s especially important; get the H in there). As the Washington Post called him, he’s the “the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia” who was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing historical documents. From http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/barry-landau-collector-of-historic-documents-gets-7-year-term-for-thefts/2012/06/27/gJQAizMj7V_story.html:
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Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door, said, “The most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.” I find it very disturbing when people fall for this mind game, a trap that low to no conscience types and their defenders […]
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WordPress.com blogger annotoole posted the first video listed below today. After I watched it, I realized that a well-known author has posted a whole series of videos to arm the public against manipulative and abusive people. (Sarah! When did you do this? These are brilliant! What a fun and interesting way to help people avoid […]
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Today three news stories caught my attention because all involve murder suspects who have shown no real remorse for the crimes they are suspected of. First, Joran van der Sloot has said that he will enter a plea in Peruvian court that equates to temporary insanity. He is accused of murdering Stephany Flores in a […]
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I just posted this on another blog that asked what we could be doing to encourage Colton Harris-Moore to live a more responsible life. Feel free to join the discussion at http://catchthebarefootbandit.wordpress.com/. Healthy, respectful discussions can lead to great things. ************************************************************************************* I’m fine with being the lone dissenting voice on this view if that winds […]
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Yesterday the Everett Herald published a story titled “The secret of the Halloween murder: For 75 years, a murder victim’s daughter didn’t know who shattered her family.” http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20101031/NEWS01/708269848/1122 Eric Stevick has written a fantastic piece detailing the 1934 murder of an Everett, Washington bakery owner by a cold, calculating criminal. William Buehrig was shot dead […]
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Last night on ABC, a Nightline Prime episode titled “Secrets of Your Mind” aired. I came upon it just as I reached for the remote to turn the TV off. It was a thought-provoking show that sparked an interesting water cooler conversation today. Unfortunately, the show furthered a common myth about psychopaths, that “psychopath” is […]
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