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How to protect yourself from sociopathic charm

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received the following article from a user whom we’ll call “Fiona.”

I’m currently being discarded. He has someone else lined up already, I found that out by reading his cellphone.

I have moved towns already and he may have been sleeping with other people on and off throughout our relationship. I have found “no contact” very difficult. However, I think after my last visit back to see him, I’ve reached a stage where the absolute pointlessness of it is impossible to ignore.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Splitting’ — Critical help for divorcing a personality disordered husband or wife

SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder, by Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, and Randi Kreger, coauthor of Stop Walking on Eggshells

Review by James Sullivan, Ph.D.

Advertised as “the legal and psychological advice you need,” this is an invaluable guide for those in the vulnerable position described by the title. This is a most readable book, the text supplemented with helpful charts and bulleted notes.

Posted in: Book reviews

The Borderline Male ‘Psycho': 7 Red Flags

By Jade Joddle

The 7 red flags of a psycho as represented in the animation above are based on observations of family life as I was growing up in an unstable home. My mother had an extremely turbulent dating life, and attracted men with obsessive and stalkerish tendencies as a repeating pattern. For me as a child, home was most definitely not safe.

A psychology professor asks: ‘Can you recognize a psychopath?’

Robert Durst, the real estate mogul and accused killer recently featured in an HBO documentary, seems to match the common public perception of a psychopath.

But Pascal Wallisch, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at New York University, points out that the public perception of psychopaths is not entirely accurate.

In an article for Slate.com, Wallisch does a good job of describing the current scientific understanding of this personality disorder.

Can you recognize a psychopath? on Slate.com.

I do, however, disagree with one of his statements. He says that psychopaths can’t help their behavior.

Appalling, shocking, psychopathic behavior, and acting before you have evidence

Loretta Burroughs

Loretta Burroughs (Photo by Donna Andersen)

I’ve collected more than 5,000 Lovefraud cases, all of them atrocious tales of deceit and betrayal. Even so, the behavior of Loretta Burroughs, 63, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, was way over the top, heinous beyond belief.

On August 3, 2007, Loretta stabbed her husband to death, dismembered his body, packed the remains into plastic totes and dragged them around from house to house, until they were discovered on May 17, 2013.

She told her friends and family that Daniel Burroughs, 63 at the time, had left her for a younger woman. They had driven off in a yellow Hummer with Florida license plates.

LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: My story about a family of sociopaths, or, how I got bankrupted the gentleman way

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received the following letter from a Greek woman, whom we’ll call “Alessia.” Names have been changed.

In Greece I had a quiet life. I kept living with my Greek husband on a small island, we had a small rented house and a cute doggie called Fiffi. In Greece I got baptized as an orthodox Christian and got a new first name “Alessia”.

Police say 15-year-old boys shoot and kill a man who was walking his dog

Brandon Smith Tyfine Hamilton

Brandon Smith, left, and Tyfine Hamilton, both 15, were arrested in the murder. (Philadelphia Police photos)

James Stuhlman, 51, of the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, was walking his dog last week when he was allegedly killed by three teenagers in a totally senseless murder.

They were going to rob him. One of them had a gun.

“Please don’t shoot me,” he begged.

One of the boys allegedly shot him. Then they ran away, without taking anything.

All three suspects are now in custody.

Philadelphia 15-year-olds murdered married father in failed robbery: cops, on NYDailynews.com.

LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: A sociopath’s power over uninformed humans

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received the following email from a reader who calls herself, “Emotionallyraped.”

You meet him (or her). He is charming and kind and exciting. He takes an interest in you and you feel special. He studies you. He learns your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. He becomes exactly who you want him to be. He mirrors you. He is a chameleon. He tells you things you want to hear. He is intense. He quickly declares his love for you. He talks about plans for the future. He convinces you that you are meant to be together.

Jail employee who had sex with an inmate calls him a ‘sociopath’

Jill Curry, a former employee of the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon, was convicted of having sex with an inmate and sentenced to more than four years in prison.

After the sentencing, Curry released a statement calling the inmate, a “sociopath.”

“He made me feel like I was good,” she wrote. “Most of the time, I felt like I was in a trance. Like there was no reality around me.”

Third jail worker had sex with same inmate, says convicted ex-employee Jill Curry, on OregonLive.com.

Link sent by a Lovefraud reader.


Loretta Burroughs, 63, guilty of murdering her husband and chopping up his corpse

Loretta Burroughs verdict

Loretta Burroughs enters a courtroom in Mays Landing, NJ before the verdict. (Photo by Donna Andersen)

Loretta Burroughs, a 63-year-old grandmother, was convicted of stabbing her husband to death, dismembering his corpse, and stuffing the remains into plastic boxes that she dragged with her as she moved from house to house.

Burroughs forged a power of attorney document so she could sell the home after he disappeared, and then filed for divorce 18 months after she killed him so she could collect the profits.

Donna Andersen covered the story for the Daily Mail. Read it here:

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