Many of us have been involved with sociopaths who committed crimes, ranging from fraud to drug distribution to murder. Many times we report their activities to law enforcement, and the authorities do nothing. (That’s what I experienced.) Or, the case is prosecuted and the criminal gets off. We are left with nothing but our frustration.
If the offense is serious enough, however, the sociopaths may be prosecuted and sent to prison. We rejoice. But throwing the bums in jail may be a mixed blessing. Yes, they’re off the street, and we can sort of rest easy—temporarily. But while the offenders are locked up, they have guaranteed food, shelter and medical care. Some have access to libraries and the Internet. And they often have the right to free legal services.
With their basic needs taken care of, prisoners have nothing but time on their hands. Time to plot, scheme—and file tax returns. Last year, the IRS detected 173,000 fraudulent tax returns filed by prison inmates, claiming $2.5 billion in tax refunds. Of that, $1.1 billion was claimed by just two inmates.
Those are the cases that the IRS detected. They don’t know what they missed.
Here are cases of prison plotting and scheming associated with Lovefraud readers:
William Patrick Alexander, son of the Lovefraud contributor Joyce Alexander, murdered a 17-year-old girl back in 1992, and has been locked up ever since. But from behind bars, he tried to arrange his mother’s murder. He sent his former cell mate to infiltrate Joyce’s family, and she had to flee for her life.
Patrick Alexander comes up for parole this year. Joyce is fighting his release.
I recently heard from Denise Escher, former wife of Mark Ledden, who is profiled in True Lovefraud Stories. Ledden assaulted Denise on Valentine’s Day 2009, stabbing her 11 times in front of their two young sons. He was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.
So what has he done while in prison? Demand visitation with the boys. Denise’s lawyer got his first petition thrown out. But he’s just filed another one. He asks for mail correspondence and telephone calls with his sons, now ages 10 and 7, copies of medical and school records, and for the boys to visit their paternal grandfather. Ledden wrote:
Plaintiff believes it would not only be healthy buy (sic) helpful to have a relationship with their natural biological father, as opposed to no relationship during the developmental years of life.
Ledden does not mention that one of his sons, who witnessed the attack, was totally traumatized. And, in a letter to Denise’s attorney, Ledden blames the entire episode on drugs, which he accused Denise of taking as well. (She did not.) Read:
Oh, and because, being in prison, he is indigent, Ledden also asked for a free attorney to represent him in the matter. Denise says the court has appointed an attorney for him, one she described as “accomplished.”
Another of the True Lovefraud Stories is about Patrick Giblin. This man was arrested because he defrauded 132 women out of a total of $320,241—money that he blew in Atlantic City’s casinos. He met them on telephone chat lines, convinced him that he loved them, and asked for money. In 2007, he was sentenced to 115 months in prison—that’s 9.5 years.
So what has Giblin been doing? Apparently plotting his escape. Lovefraud received an email from one of his many victims. She was notified by the US Victim Notification on January 18, 2012, that Giblin escaped from the Luzerne Community Correctional Facility.
What will Giblin do on the outside? I’m sure he’ll go back to scamming women. In fact, perhaps he’s been talking to women all along from prison, and that’s how he escaped.
Many sociopaths view prison time as simply an occupational hazard, part of the game. Others go to prison and expand their skills at deceit, manipulation and criminal activity. They are not rehabilitated.
Perhaps prisons should get back in the practice of making inmates — at least the sociopathic ones — do hard labor. Then maybe they’d be too tired to plot and scheme.