Last chance for survey participation: Is your adult child in an abusive relationship?

“I am thrilled to announce that I have received some responses from my recent post to Lovefraud,” states Sherry Welsh, a PhD student at Morgan State University. “Thank you to anyone who participated! Only one  week remains on the accessibility of the survey.”

As a reminder, this survey is for a dissertation project about the experience of parents whose adult children are victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. To gather data, Welsh invites parents in this situation to take an anonymous online survey.

For raping his daughter, DuPont heir gets probation instead of jail

Judge Jan Jurden sentenced DuPont heir Robert H. Richards IV to probation instead of prison for raping his three year-old daughter, noting in her sentencing order that he “will not fare well” in prison, and that treatment needs exceed need for punishment.

Although surprised by the ruling, Defense lawyer Joseph A. Hurley said it makes sense to him that the judge would be concerned about Richards’ time in prison. “Sex offenders are the lowest of the low in prison,” Hurley said. “He’s a rich, white boy who is a wuss and a child perv. The prison can’t protect them, and Jan Jurden knows that reality. She is right on.”

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How to find love after the sociopath

Donna Andersen and Terry Kelly

Donna Andersen and Terry Kelly on a recent vacation to Florida.

A girl walks into a bar. A band was playing and the place was packed, so there were no empty bar stools.

The girl had had a rough few years. First she married a man who turned out to be a con artist that took all her money. Then she dated a guy who wasn’t a con artist, but broke her heart.

A tall, nice-looking man leaned against the bar. He offered the girl a place to put her coat. Then he offered to buy the girl a drink.

Two military training instructors found guilty of multiple offenses against Air Force trainees

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bobby Bass was sentenced to six months in prison after he was convicted of 31 counts of cruelty, assault, dereliction, failure to obey a lawful command and wrongful sexual contact.

Sgt. Annamarie Ellis pleaded guilty of 24 specifications of maltreatment of trainees, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice while assigned to the 323rd Training Squadron in 2009 and 2010. Ellis has been sentenced to eight months in prison, reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

Bass was reduced by only one rank for his crimes and, unlike Ellis, he was spared a discharge at sentencing.

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New York paramedic almost gets away with murdering his wife

On Sept. 27, 2013, at the conclusion of the longest trial in the history of Sullivan County New York, a jury of eight men and four women found Paul Novak guilty of arson, burglary, grand larceny, insurance fraud, and first- and second-degree murder of his wife, Catherine.

During the week, Paul Novak, a career paramedic in Queens, New York, lived a life  of prescription drug abuse, porn, and life-or-death situations. On weekends he went to the country to be with his stay-at-home, church-volunteering wife and two children.

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Standing with a Sociopath

My sociopathic ex and I meet monthly with a psychologist. The Guardian ad litem for our three children ordered us to do this after my ex filed for full custody of our two boys last year. So we’ve met with this psychologist maybe 6 times now, and neither of us had ever met him before our first meeting. All he knew about us in advance is that we’re a “high conflict” couple, and he decided that the best thing he can do for our family is to help us get along.

‘Lord and Lady’ Chisholm lived in luxury while claiming public assistance and food stamps

Colin and Andrea Chisholm from Deephaven, Minnesota are under arrest for wrongfully collecting $165,000 through welfare fraud, while Colin was president and CEO of TCN network, a satellite TV company serving the Caribbean. The couple  had a $1.5 million yacht, a six-bedroom lakeside home, a beach property in Florida and a $30,000 Lexus. They also had $3 million in bank accounts that they failed to declare while claiming government assistance.

Chisholm’s ex-wife Virginia revealed how, while married to Chisholm, he allegedly took her $70,000 401 K savings, ran up $40,000 on his daughter’s credit card, failed to pay a single dollar in alimony and forced her to file for bankruptcy. She saw her dream home go into foreclosure after he failed to pay the mortgage.

Q & A With Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz


Park Dietz, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D

This week I had the privilege of tapping into the vast knowledge of Dr. Park Dietz, one of the world’s foremost authorities on criminal behavior. He has consulted and testified for the prosecution in many high-profile criminal cases such as Jeffrey Dahmer, John Hinckley, Jr., the O.J. Simpson civil suit, Andrea Yates, the Unabomber, the Menendez brothers, Jared Lee Loughner, and Susan Smith. Dr. Dietz was also brought on as a consultant after the Columbine shooting to investigate the motivation behind the attack.

Study reveals Mafia prisoners less likely to be psychopathic than fellow inmates

Italian researchers in Sicily released a new study revealing that members of the Mafia are less likely to be psychopaths than other criminals. The study compared 30 Mafia members in a Palermo, Sicily jail convicted of crimes such as murder, trafficking, extortion, fraud, sexual exploitation and kidnapping, to a group of 39 non-Mafia prisoners, whose offenses included murder, rape, child sexual abuse and armed robbery.

The study concluded that, according to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised, none of the Mafia scored in the psychopathic range, while 10% of the comparison prisoners did. The Mafia members were also found to be less ‘manipulative,’ ‘Machiavellian,’ ‘narcissistic,’ ‘unemotional,’ ‘parasitic’ and/or ‘impulsive’ than the other participants.

Is Rape Law Still in the Dark Ages?

Editor’s note: Joyce M. Short is the author of a just released book, “Carnal Abuse by Deceit.” The book chronicles her life with a predator, the subsequent aftermath and her road to recovery. It also provides advice for victims and their supporters, and discusses the issues surrounding criminalization of rape-by-fraud.

By Joyce M. Short

A new case in New Jersey will soon test that concept.

Enforcers will determine whether rape law protects a person’s right to self determination over their personal sexual intimacy. They could decide that choice simply does not matter at all, or they could protect the victim’s entitlement to choice based on the same rights granted in every other human interaction.

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