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Archive for April, 2013

Woman pretends to be a boy to seduce a girl

Justine McNally, 18, of the UK, was jailed for three years for pretending to be a boy to have an intimate encounter with an underage girl.

18-year-old woman masqueraded as boy to get girl into bed, on Telegraph.co.uk.

Story submitted by a Lovefraud reader.

 

Do sociopaths know what they are?

I receive a lot of email from readers, and over the years many have asked some variation of the question: Do sociopaths know what they are? Do they realize that something is wrong with them?

The answer varies with the individual sociopath, because they aren’t all the same. Generally, though, I believe sociopaths know that they are different from the rest of the human race. However, most are not bothered by their difference. They view themselves as superior.

It’s easy to see where this attitude comes from. Because sociopathy is highly genetic, and is influenced by the early childhood environment, sociopaths never were anything but sociopaths. They never experienced a true empathetic connection with another human being. They did not develop a desire to love and be loved. Therefore, they do not know what they are missing.

Brain structure and violence

On Tuesday Dr. Adrian Raine, a professor of criminology, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is coming out with a new book called The Anatomy of Violence: The biological roots of crime. Dr. Raine wrote an article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about neurocriminology—using neuroscience to understand and prevent crime. The article highlights some of the latest research on the relationships between certain brain structures, psychopathy and criminal behavior.

The Criminal Mind—Advances in genetics and neuroscience are revolutionizing our understanding of violent behavior as well as ideas about how to prevent and punish crime, on WSJ.com.

Posted in: Scientific research

Con artist William Burley pretends to be Navy SEAL

William Burley, originally from Rhode Island but caught in California, claimed to be a cop and Navy SEAL. He convinced a humanitarian organization working in Somalia to pay him $50,000 to rescue employees who had been taken hostage.

Traffic stop of Yucaipa man leads to exposure of phony SEAL, on SBSun.com.

Link provided by a Lovefraud reader.

 

Posted in: Media sociopaths

Brain scans show that psychopaths lack neural connections for empathy

Researchers showed prisoners, who were diagnosed as psychopaths, images of people being intentionally hurt and observed their brain reactions on fMRI scans. Parts of their brains associated with emotional learning and moral decision-making showed reduced activity.

Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others, on UChicago.edu.

 

Utah pediatrician John Wall charged with killing wife

John Brickman Wall, a pediatrician in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Uta Von Schwedler. Von Schwelder was found dead in her bathtub in September, 2011.

The oldest of the couple’s four children, Pelle von Schwedler Wall, then 18, believed his father committed the crime. Eight months after the murder he filed a petition to remove his younger siblings from John Wall’s custody. The children stayed with a family friend for months. The father regained custody of the two youngest in February 2013.

Utah doctor charged with murdering ex-wife claims he is indigent, on SLTrib.com.

Father wins custody of children, aged 12 and 13, despite being accused of ‘killing their brilliant scientist mother’ by his oldest son, on DailyMail.co.uk.

 

The truth about sex and sociopaths

“Very erotic!” That’s how a woman whom we’ll call “Cathy” described the beginning of her relationship with “Matt.” “Sex, sex, sex,” she said, “and sweet whisperings in my ears.”

After a whirlwind romance, they married. Cathy eventually discovered that sex was all Matt really wanted. She found a duffel bag filled with hard-core porn. His sexual demands made her uncomfortable. He cheated. Yet whenever Matt did or said anything hurtful, he soon acted as if nothing had happened.

Matt turned out to be callous, deceitful, manipulative, narcissistic, hostile, irresponsible, reckless and impulsive. In other words, he was a sociopath.

Many people think that sociopaths are all deranged serial killers. In reality, most sociopaths never kill anyone. They are, however, serial exploiters, always on the lookout for someone to use—often for sex.

But you would never know this when you first meet a sociopath. In the beginning, sociopaths seem to be charismatic, charming, exciting—and incredibly sexy.

Recounting domestic violence through poetry

Editor’s note: The following poem was submitted by a Lovefraud reader.

The Classic Abuser

By Madeleine Mariani

Washington murderer Dennis Clark III had history of domestic violence

Dennis Clark III, 27, fatally shot his girlfriend in Federal Way, Washington, which is south of Seattle on Sunday night. Clark shared an apartment with the woman, Justine Baez, 24. He then shot and killed three men who were in the apartment complex. Police responding to the incident encountered Clark in a stairwell. When he ignored commands to stop reaching for a hand gun, police fired and killed him.

Back in 2002, when Clark was in high school, he allegedly shot a girl with a BB gun after she broke up with him. In her application for a domestic violence protection order, the girl described Clark as controlling, and said he had an “anger problem.” Clark was not prosecuted in the case.

Names of victims emerge after deadly Federal Way shooting, on FederalWayMirror.com.

Federal Way gunman charged at 17 in attack on ex-girlfriend, on YakimaHerald.com.

 

FTC survey shows 25.6 million Americans fell victim to fraud in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission released on April 19, 2013 a statistical survey of fraud in the United States during 2011, which showed that an estimated 25.6 million adults – 10.8 percent of the adult population – were fraud victims.

cover of fraud survey report“The FTC fights fraud every day by taking scammers to court and telling consumers how to avoid being scammed.  Studieslike this one help us fine-tune both our enforcement and education efforts,” said Charles Harwood, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

While fast-growing online commerce has benefitted consumers with greater choice and convenience, the survey indicates that, as of 2011, the Internet was also the place where consumers most often learned about fraudulent offers.  The Internet category, which included email, social media, auction sites and classified ads, was followed by print advertising, and TV and radio.  Most consumers bought fraudulent items via the Internet; telephone purchases ranked second.