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Texas Monthly profiles international con man Youssef Khater

Youssef Khater

Youssef Khater, originally from Lebanon but claiming to be Palestinian, scammed his way through Denmark, Chile and Costa Rica.

Looking for adventure, Callie Quinn, of Canyon Lake, Texas, went to live in Chile in 2011. In a hostel-like home filled with ex-pats, she met Youssef Khater. At first she hated him, but later warmed to his charm and and magnetism.

That is, until he cracked her in the head with a pipe, wrapped her in canvas and buried her alive under a mountain of ashes.

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Divorce Settlements-Strategically Giving Them What They Want: Financials with a Sociopath Part 5 of 5

Part of a Now 5 Week Series:

Week 1:  Running a Business with a Sociopath

Week 2:  The Downfall of a Business with a Sociopath

Week 3: Preparing for Divorce

Week 4: Divorce and Aftermath Part A

Week 5:  Divorce and Aftermath Part B

Divorce and Aftermath Part B

 

Psychology Today on Deception: Why we fall for scams, and how it affects us

Psychology Today The cover story of this month’s Psychology Today magazine focuses on something Lovefraud readers know all too well:

The Drama of Deception

Being scammed by someone you trust is the ultimate betrayal. It’s bad enough that those who are duped heap guilt on themselves, but the world tends to join in the blamefest. And here’s just one of many ironies: Those with expertise are not immune to being conned.

The author, Abby Ellin, interviewed me for the article, along with the Lovefraud writer Steve Becker, LCSW. You’ll see several quotes from both of us.

Highlights of the article:

Marriage to the narcissist was bad, but divorcing him was worse

Spath TalesLovefraud received the following story from a reader whom we’ll call “Mary-Louise.”

I was married for 9 years to a man who is a malignant narcissist, very similar to a sociopath. I have 2 kids and we share legal custody. I thought being married to him was bad, but divorcing him is worse in a lot of ways.

He had a sex and gambling addiction. He works as a fitness coach for adults and loved the automatic authority that gave him. He took full advantage of the women clients and had affairs with many of them. This was unknown to me until we separated.

 

What makes a psychopath, and why they don’t change

Richard Matt and David Sweat

Convicted murderers Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat.

America’s attention in recent weeks was focused on the Hollywood-worthy escape from prison by two convicted murderers — Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Matt is now dead. Sweat was shot, captured, and is now under guard at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.

The media have referred to both of these men a psychopaths. Looking at their crimes, I agree.

Sweat was convicted of murdering Kevin Tarsia, Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy, in 2002. But he didn’t just shoot the sheriff. Sweat ambushed Tarsia in a town park, shot him multiple times and then ran him over with a car. Here’s the story:

Alleged Charleston murderer Dylann Storm Roof: Perhaps a budding sociopath who never had a chance

Dylan Storm Roof

Dylan Storm Roof posted this photo on his website.

On the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof sat in a Bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, for 45 minutes. Then he pulled out a Glock .45 handgun and shot 10 people, killing nine of them.

All of the victims were African-American. One was the pastor of the church and a state senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Two others were also pastors. Six of the victims were women; three were men.

Fourteen hours later, Roof, 21, of Eastover, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with the murders.

LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: The Aftermath — The fight against the sociopath is 90% over

The Lovefraud reader who posts as “Winifred” has written about dealing with her husband’s sociopathic ex-wife. Read “The Other Prey — loving someone previously married to a sociopath” and “Survival tips when the ex is a sociopath.”

My husband’s ex sociopath wife and their 2 (now adult) children have been the focus of many of my writings to you and this site. I title this article “The Aftermath” because his youngest of the 2 children with her has just been emancipated at 19 by the state of Indiana, Thank God!

The chess game called divorce: Financials with a sociopath, Part 4 of 5

Part of a Now 5 Week Series:

Week 1:  Running a Business with a Sociopath

Week 2:  The Downfall of a Business with a Sociopath

Week 3: Preparing for Divorce

Week 4: Divorce and Aftermath Part A

Week 5:  Divorce and Aftermath Part B

 

Divorce and Aftermath Part A

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