Workplace sociopaths

New research says 3% to 21% of executives have psychopathic traits

BusinessmanPsychopaths are as common in the upper echelons of the corporate world as they are in prison, according to forensic psychologist Nathan Brooks.

In research presented in Australia this week, Brooks and his colleagues found that 21 percent of 261 corporate professionals in the supply chain management industry had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits.

Brooks said job candidates should be assessed first on their character, and then on whether they have the needed skills and qualifications, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

One in five bosses is a psychopath, research reveals, on SMH.com.au.

How to tell if your co-worker is a psychopath, on NYPost.com.

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My sociopathic husband as the gross older guy

I Need Help, No Really

About a year after I had my daughter, I finally had to find someone to help me with all my data entry and paper shuffle to keep up with the work load for the business the spath and I ran, but mostly I ran.  I still had my office out of my home to try and save on overhead, but also so I could work when my baby was sleeping.  After making an extension on the office, I had a separate entrance created to the office off of the house so I could have employees enter the office without entering the house.

I finally ended up hiring a younger girl, 18, that was in college.  It worked out well because she only needed part time and that’s all I had in the budget for the moment.  It was a huge undertaking to hire someone on at that point because I was already so behind with all the paperwork, which was why I needed extra office help.

Commissioner blasts SEC for allowing criminal banks to continue business as usual

Kara M. Stein

SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein

Last week five big international banks were found guilty of rigging international currency markets and fined $5.5 billion.

The very next day, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued the banks waivers from automatic punishment so they could continue business as usual.

SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein did not agree with letting the banks off the hook and issued a scathing dissent. The banks — UBS, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and the Royal Bank of Scotland — had already been granted a total of 23 waivers after previous wrongdoing.

Bank traders actually met in an online chat room called “The Cartel” or “The Mafia” and conspired to rig rates. The scheme ran for years.

According to USAToday:

“It is troubling enough to consistently grant waivers for criminal misconduct,” wrote Stein. “It is an order of magnitude more troubling to refuse to enforce our own explicit requirements for such waivers.

Cop with an alleged history of sexual infractions maintains police license


Officer Steve Blakeney

It took Steve Blakeney of Missouri six years to become a cop because he kept getting kicked out of police academies for sexual related infractions. One of his trainers from Eastern Missouri State police academy even recommended that “Blakeney never be allowed to become a police officer because of his sociopathic behavior.”

Blakeney was hired by the Pine Lawn, Missouri, police force and after six years was promoted to police commander.  His alleged history of sexual-based incidents continued, with two women claiming they woke up in Blakeney’s house and didn’t know how they got there.

He has since been fired from his job but still retains his Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) license.

Man identified as having ‘sociopath behavior’ became police commander, from FOX News 2


A Canadian’s view: Radio star Jian Ghomeshi accused of sexual assault

Editor’s note: Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, an arts and culture program on CBC Radio One, was arrested on November 26, 2014, and charged with four counts of sexual assault. In the previous month, a total of 11 women and one man alleged that he sexually assaulted them. 

Jian, We Barely Knew You

By One Joy Step

Canada is a country of vast regional differences. Wherever I have lived in Canada the radio stations of our national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have been a vital part of communicating our differences and a national identity. The CBC has suffered severe budget restrictions under the last two national governments. Many Canadian citizens have decried these cuts in genuine concern for the cultural identity of Canada.

A real life ‘American Psycho:’ Banker arrested for murdering two women

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Hong Kong

British citizen Rurik George Caton Jutting, 29, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch banker living in Hong Kong’s nightlife district, was arrested in his luxury apartment and charged with the murder of two Indonesian women, according to Hong Kong police.

The usually safe city, especially in the financial district, was buzzing with the news of the arrest — some comparing this true story to the 1991 book, American Psycho.

Banker charged with 2 Hong Kong murders in case echoing ‘American Psycho,’ from FoxNews.com.



Research shows smart, psychopathic business managers may be able to conceal their disorder

dv1867045When Carolyn Bates was an undergraduate attending the University of Hudddersfield in England, her final-year project for her psychology degree turned out to be groundbreaking research into the links between psychopathy and intelligence.

According to Science Daily, Bates said that she was intrigued by research that showed while one percent of the population were categorized as psychopaths, the figure rose to three percent in the case of business managers. “I thought that intelligence could be an explanation for this, and it could be a problem if there are increased numbers of psychopaths at a high level in business,” she said.

After administering a number of tests to 50 participants, Bates concluded that those with higher IQs had sufficient intelligence to fake their emotional response, making it more difficult to detect their condition.

Her research has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology – an unusual distinction for an undergraduate.

Wife says she was a ‘pawn’ in alleged $22.5 million McGill University hospital kickback scheme

Pamela Porter wants to tell the world that she knew nothing of her husband’s involvement in an alleged $22.5 million kickback scheme over the McGill University Health Centre’s new superhospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. So she has turned herself in to Montreal authorities.

Porter and her husband, Dr. Arthur Porter, were arrested in late May of last year while travelling from their home in the Bahamas through Panama. She spent almost 10 weeks in Panamanian and Quebec jails before getting out on bail, while her husband is fighting extradition and remains in Panama’s infamous La Joya prison.

Porter is due back in court September 15, 2014.

Dr. Arthur Porter’s wife calls herself ‘pawn’ in fraud case, from CBC News.

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LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: A tale of two sociopaths

Editor’s Note: This letter to Lovefraud was submitted by Lovefraud reader whom we’ll call “Thomas.”  Names have been changed.

The First Tale:
The girlfriend’s ex

Last we communicated I was interested in getting your advice on how to handle the ex-husband of my girlfriend and the terror he rained down upon her.

You may remember he was a lawyer who knew how to deal with the law and use it to his advantage as a shield enabling him to be even more effective as a sociopath. The threats, the lying, the manipulation and the poison that he spread was unconscionable and designed to hurt and ruin the lives of others unless they did what he wanted.

Day care owner with extensive rap sheet charged with fraud and manslaughter

Tianna Edwards

Tianna Edwards

Tianna Edwards, owner of Tianna’s Terrific Tots that had two locations in Philadelphia, has built up an extensive rap sheet that includes wire fraud, insurance fraud, shoplifting, providing false identification to law enforcement, gross incompetence, negligence, misconduct and manslaughter.

Edwards has been in custody since June 2013 and is awaiting trial for her role in the death of a 7-year-old who was under her supervision at her day care center.

Day-care operator pleads guilty to fraud, from philly.com.