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Online dating scams — who pulls them off and how

| March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

D. L. “Diana” Garren deals with private investigators all the time — she advises them on how to market their businesses. Yet Diana herself lost money in an online dating scam.

She ended up interviewing the man who scammed her — and other scammers. Then she wrote a book called Who is the Real Man Behind the Screen? 

Diana tells the whole story to Francie Koehler on the online interview show, PI’s Declassified.

Protecting Yourself From Online Dating Scams, on VoiceAmerica.com.

Link provided by a Lovefraud reader.

 

Abusers are hiding behind S&M

| March 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Spath TalesEditor’s note: Lovefraud received the following story from a reader whom we’ll call “Bernadette.”

In early 2012, I met a self-described strong alpha male on a dating site. His background was very impressive — a vice president at a large IT firm, author, beautiful home, appeared educated, wonderful sense of humor. He would draw you in, he was what I thought I was looking for, what I thought I needed.

Our early phone conversations would last for hours and the text messaging was never ending.

Toronto pastor accused of assaulting woman during exorcisims

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wayne Marlon Jones

Wayne Marlon Jones (Toronto Police)

Wayne Marlon Jones, pastor of the United Spiritual Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada, is charged with sexual assault and fraud.

Jones allegedly assaulted a woman, and convinced her to give him money and property, during “spiritual guidance” sessions, which included exorcism.

Scarborough pastor faces second sexual assault charge, on TheStar.com.

Link provided by a Lovefraud reader.

Recover from the sociopath by acknowledging the pain

| March 2, 2015 | 21 Comments

Editor’s note: Last year, Lovefraud published a letter from a reader whom we called “Bessy.” It was entitled, “The only hope I have is that Karma exists.” This is a follow-up letter from Bessy.

My ex has not contacted me in 9 months and I know I should feel lucky, but I feel even more inadequate and unlovable than he made me feel back then. Why do I hear of boomerangs and “they always come back” stories and my phone is silent. Was “I” that bad???

I was vulnerable

Pastor Victor Arden Barnard, charged with 59 sexual assaults, arrested in Brazil

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Victor Arden Barnard

Victor Arden Barnard

The fugitive American pastor Victor Arden Barnard, who proclaimed he was Christ on Earth, was arrested in Brazil on Friday.

Barnard had set up a “shepherd’s camp” in Pine County, Minnesota, in the mid-1990s. He convinced members of his congregation to allow their first-born daughters to live with him. The group was called “The Maidens.”

Two of the young women later accused him of sexually assaulting them for years.

Fugitive American minister caught in Brazil, on CNN.com.

Accused U.S. sex offender “minister” arrested in Brazil, on CBSNews.com.

 

CNN reporter calls ISIS a ‘sociopathic death cult’

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comments

Yesterday WNYC public radio host Brian Lehrer Show interviewed CNN’s international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. They talked about the phenomenon of people from Europe and North America traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as jihadis.

Amanpour described “Jihadi John,” the British man who beheaded several Western journalists, recently identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner, as a “psychopath.”

She also called the ISIS movement a “sociopathic death cult.”

Listen to the interview.

Story suggested by a Lovefraud reader.

 

He made it his mission to prove I’m worthless

| February 27, 2015 | 19 Comments

Spath TalesEditor’s note: Lovefraud received the following story from a reader whom we’ll call “Octavia.”

I believe now that I was married to a sociopath. I was married 16 years and lived with him for 4 years. I became pregnant, had the baby and didn’t marry until the baby was 9 months old. I had a sick feeling but went ahead with the marriage.

The “put-downs” were subtle in the beginning. I was made to feel like I was a “lesser” person … the mocking, contempt, control were always there. When I challenged him, he immediately denied his actions … he was only kidding.

How to prepare for your child custody court battle against a sociopath

| February 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received the following advice from a reader.

By R. Brooks

If you are like myself and have dealt (or are dealing) with a sociopath in court, you are fully aware of how difficult and exhausting it can be. These dealings are increasingly horrible when you are dealing with said person in a child custody hearing. I am here to tell you … YOU CAN BEAT THEM.

However, to win takes commitment, consistency and most of all, patience. There is no such thing as instant gratification when you are dealing with this kind of individual, so if that is what you are expecting, it will never happen.

I tried for years to protect our children from their father, and the legal system did little to help

| February 25, 2015 | 13 Comments

Spath TalesEditor’s Note: Lovefraud received the following story from a reader whom we’ll call “Rhoda.”

My ex is an attorney and used his position to financially ruin me by targeting our children.

I spent over $250,000 on legal fees, while he was legally allowed to represent himself, and even question me on the witness stand as both my ex and his own attorney. The legal system allowed him to continue to drag me to court for 7 years.

I was awarded sole custody twice and he waited for the judge to retire, filed again, and this time was awarded joint custody and I had not done anything different or wrong.

Arizona denies responsibility for teacher raped in prison

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Inmate Jacob Harvey

Inmate Jacob Harvey is accused of assaulting a prison teacher. (Arizona Department of Corrections)

After she administered a test to  inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Eyman in January 2014, a civilian teacher says was brutally raped by an inmate. She filed a lawsuit claiming that that prison officials did not sufficiently protect her.

Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Weisbard tried to get the lawsuit dismissed. According to an outraged columnist for the Arizona Republic, Laurie Roberts, his rationale was that the teacher should have known better.

AG’s Office: Raped teacher should have known better, on AZCentral.com.

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