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Finally, Jeffrey Marsalis convicted of date rape

Two years ago, I wrote, with great frustration, about the case of Jeffrey Marsalis, who is an obvious sociopath, for those of us who know what they look like. The guy met women on Match.com, claiming to be a trauma surgeon, an astronaut, and even a CIA agent. He invited them for drinks, drugged them, and while they were unconscious, raped them.

In June 2007, six women—all young professionals—told exactly the same story in a Philadelphia courtroom. But the defense convinced the jury that they were nothing but vengeful, lying women who willingly had sex and then regretted it. Jeffrey Marsalis was acquitted. See:

Fake doctor Jeffrey Marsalis acquitted of date rape

Marsalis was tried twice, and acquitted twice, in Philadelphia. But there was another case against him in Sun Valley, Idaho. And this case had a crucial difference: The victim went immediately to a hospital, a rape kit was performed, and the police were notified. This time, unlike in Philadelphia, there was physical evidence.

Idaho conviction

Even though the Idaho jury was not permitted to hear evidence from the Philadelphia cases, Jeffrey Marsalis was found guilty in April 2009. But at his sentencing on June 30, the judge was permitted to consider Marsalis’ conduct in those cases, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Finally. One predator is off the streets.

Marsalis expressed no regret in the Philadelphia cases, but facing jail time for the Idaho case, apologized to the victim. Last week, for the first time, Marsalis spoke to the media. In an interview with ABC News, in typical sociopathic fashion, he denied everything. “Let me make something very, very clear to you,” Marsalis said. “I have never drugged anybody. I have never raped anybody. I have never forced myself on anybody. Ever.”

Media coverage

The case drew a lot of media attention. ABC News also did a television show about it on Primetime, in which several of the victims, including the former fiancée of Marsalis told their stories.

Self Magazine published an extensive article which detailed the crime. One of the problems in Philadelphia, according to experts quoted in the article, was that the women were too calm and composed on the witness stand. This did not match the jury’s preconceived notions about how a rape victim should behave. Apparently, the jury assumed that if they’d really been raped, they’d be upset. Since they weren’t crying on the witness stand, they must be lying.

The article also delved into the psychology of date rape victims, explaining why none of the women Marsalis raped in Philadelphia called the police. Although the article never mentions sociopaths, I think some of us may have experienced similar dynamics. The article may shed a bit more light on why it’s so hard to break away from these predators. It’s worth a read.

For more info, click:

ABC Primetime: The multiple identities—and crimes—of Jeffrey Marsalis

ABC Primetime: Accused serial rapist casts his net

ABC News: Jeffrey Marsalis speaks publicly for the first time

Self: The crime against women that no one understands



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  1. blossom4th says:

    nottakingitanymore,
    You’ve certainly got a point.If there’s an expected “right” way for anyone to act….then isn’t that exactly what it becomes;AN ACT?!



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