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Archive for April, 2014

Why I wrote ‘The Devil’s Opus’

By Margaux Mannion Brown 

Editor’s note: Margaux Mannion Brown is the pen name for a Lovefraud reader.

theDevilsOpusIdeas for The Devil’s Opus began to emerge when I became fascinated with sociopathic personalities. This occurred when I discovered that one of my close friends had married one.

Everyone liked Joe. He was charming, flattering, and helpful. So helpful, that through his career as an investment broker, he was able to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his clients, friends and family. Most of the money was lost on gambling. The rest of it went on big houses, fancy cars, and expensive vacations he pretended to afford. Things fell apart for Joe when people began to demand their investment returns.

Rather than go to prison, Joe committed suicide, leaving hundreds of investors broke and without retirement funding. He left his wife, Carol, with mountains of debt, emotional and spiritual devastation and two young children to raise on her own.

Posted in: Book reviews

Looking for more victims of Will Allen Jordan AKA Liam Allen

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Mischele Lewis is going public about her story of being conned by William Allen Jordan, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, because she believes more victims are out there. Here is the local coverage:

Woman speaks out in hopes of helping others, on MyFoxPhilly.com

Loved and Deceived, on Philly.com

Conned by a convicted bigamist and sex offender, a Florence woman fights back, on Trentonian.com.

Of course, Lovefraud broke the story with the Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Moment heartbroken woman conned by globally infamous fraudster, bigamist and fake CIA agent turned the tables on him in a New Jersey parking lot police sting, on DailyMail.co.uk.

Read Lovefraud’s original coverage here:

Will Allen Jordan, AKA Will Allen, convicted sex offender and bigamist, deported from the UK, returns to New Jersey

 

Posted in: Cases, Donna Andersen

Sociopathic seduction: As long as it takes

I confess. I am one of those people who was swept up in the excitement, sex and love bombing by the sociopath and committed to the relationship far too quickly.

James Montgomery proposed to me four days after we met in person. I said yes.

I sometimes excuse myself by explaining that we’d been corresponding via e-mail for about a month after meeting online, so it wasn’t like I only knew him for four days. But then, of course, a month isn’t very long either.

I take some comfort in the fact that I am certainly not alone. Many, many people describe the beginning of their relationship with a sociopath as a “whirlwind romance.” In fact, one of the warning signs that I identify in my book, Red Flags of Love Fraud — 10 signs you’re dating a sociopath, is “moves fast to hook up.”

From one university sex scandal to another

In December of 2012, a female Florida State freshman reported that she was sexually assaulted by James Winston, Heisman-Trophy winning quarterback of the Seminoles. Winston was never charged. The police claim it was due to lack of evidence, although a New York Times report says there was plenty, including DNA, witnesses, and a secretly recorded video of a portion of the incident. The incident did not become public until almost a full year later, in November of 2013.

Florida State did not say whether administration officials, including President Eric Barron, were aware of the accusations against Winston.

Penn State University, which endured the Jerry Sandusky scandal, in which the President Graham Spanier was indicted, has named Eric Barron as its new president.

Florida State case unneeded distraction for Penn State, from philly.com

 

Sex offenders accused of killing four women while wearing GPS ankle bracelets

Stephen Dean Gordon, 45 (left) and Franc Cano, 27

Stephen Dean Gordon, 45 (left) and Franc Cano, 27

When the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim, California trash-sorting plant, investigators could link her death to three other woman who had disappeared.

The other women, Martha Anaya, 28, Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, and Kianna Jadkson, 20, all had similar profiles that included prostitution-related activities. They operated in  the same part of town that parolees Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon visited.

How did the authorities know? They were tracked by their ankle bracelets they were wearing as sex offenders.

When questioned how the two men could have carried out the killings while under supervision, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said the two were complying with a requirement to check in monthly with authorities and police had no reason to watch them more closely.

Michael Escoto gets life behind bars for murdering wife after four days of marriage

It took 12 years, but justice was finally served for the family of Wendy Trapaga when a “guilty” verdict was handed down to Michael Escoto in a Miami-Dade courtroom. The crime happened in October 2002 when after just four days of marriage, Escoto killed his new bride to receive a $1 million insurance benefit.

Escoto’s ex-girlfriend, Yolanda Cerrillo, helped him plan the murder, but in the end she made a deal to testify for the prosecution in exchange for immunity.

By law he must serve life behind bars on the first-degree murder conviction.

Escoto convicted in murder of new bride for life insurance money, from the Miami Herald.

 

Craigslist: Avoiding Scams and Crooks

In 2013, a Pittsburgh man bilked 194 people out of $53,000 by advertising fake concert tickets on Craigslist.

In 2012, a Las Vegas Craigslist seller was nearly robbed of his luxury RV when he was contacted by a  buyer wanting to pay in full using Paypal.  It sounded good, until she said she was in a hurry and needed the RV ASAP.  Luckily the man hesitated, narrowly missing becoming the woman’s next victim.

In January 2014, a Georgia man sold his Ipad on Craigslist, only to find out the cash he received was counterfeit.  During January alone, he became the 3rd victim of Craiglist scams in the city of Augusta.

Craigslist, for the most part, is a convenient and inexpensive way to sell goods and services.  But this convenience comes with a cost.  As a buyer, how do you know if you are being set up by a con-artist?  As a seller, how do you know if your buyer is legitimate, or has sinister intentions?

Hard to See a Psychopath

I’ll start with one man who has dedicated his life to teaching others how to assess and clearly identify psychopaths. Here’s part of the bio from his website.

“Robert Hare is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia, where he has taught and conducted research for more than four decades, and President of Darkstone Research Group Ltd., a forensic research and consulting firm. He has devoted most of his academic career to the investigation of psychopathy, its nature, assessment, and implications for mental health and criminal justice.

He is the developer of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and a co-author of its derivatives, the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version, the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version, the Antisocial Process Screening Device, and the P-Scan (for use in law enforcement).”

Whew.

Why start with the psychologist?

I’m starting with him because he’s the guy behind THE assessment we use to identify psychopathic individuals.

Lovefraud con man William Allen Jordan – AKA Liam Allen – busted by his latest victim in New Jersey

Mischele Lewis and Will Jordan

Michele Lewis invited Will Jordan to attend a friend’s wedding with her on June 1, 2013. He was late, but claimed that his government employers ‘choppered him in’ so he could be there.

William Allen Jordan is one of the most dangerous psychopaths I’ve ever come across. I’ve spoken to at least four of his victims, and he takes mental manipulation and gaslighting to a level far beyond what most garden-variety psychopaths can accomplish.

Jordan convinced multiple women in the UK that he was a CIA agent. In fact, he was married to two women simultaneously, and had both of them believing that the other was nothing but an agent working under cover. Mary Turner Thomson wrote a book about her experience called, The Bigamist.

Dr. Liane Leedom studied William Jordan for her scientific paper, “Did He Ever Love Me?”: A qualitative study of life with a psychopathic husband. Jordan scored 40 out of 40 on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R). This is a rare feat, even among predators.

Guilty verdict in a 37-year-old murder on the French Riviera

Agnès Le Roux disappeared on 26th October 1977 at the age of 2

Agnès Le Roux disappeared on 26th October 1977 at the age of 29

Although the body of Palais de la Méditerrannée heiress Agnès Le Roux has never been found, Maurice Agnelet has been found guilty of her murder for the second time.

Le Roux disappeared in October 1977.  There was no material evidence of the murder, but Agnelet  was tried for the crime and acquitted in 2006. Based on testimony of his son, Agnelet was found guilty on appeal in 2007.

Agnelet, who is now 76 years old and has served five years in prison so far,  plans to launch another appeal. His son, Guillaume Agnelet, claims his father once said, “As long as they don’t find Agnes’ body, I don’t need to worry.”

Link supplied by a Lovefraud reader.

Agnelet sentenced to 20 years, from the Riviera Times