News roundup — sociopaths and/or sociopathic-like behavior

Real estate can be deadly:  British tycoon kills stubborn tenant

September 8, 2009.  This story just screams sociopathy.

. . . Papalexis quickly positioned himself as king of his world, installing a throne in his office, renting an impressive mansion, and throwing lavish galas that were filled with A-list partygoers . . .

By 2009, however, it had all begun to fall apart. He was fighting against creditors, and was in arrears on rent for his mansion. Worse yet, his girlfriend — a former porn star and prostitute who charged almost $2,500 per night — had turned on him. During a fight, the woman, Rebecca deFalco, asked him if he’d ever killed anyone and Papalexis told her the story of Bambi, a “nobody” who “got in the way.”

In many ways, DeFalco represented another side of Papalexis’ life. In addition to his gilded lifestyle as a member of Palm Beach’s elite, he was also a sadist who described himself on one website as “The King of his own realm.” Certainly, his darker pursuits played a part in Christodoulides’ murder: before strangling the shy, lonely man, Papalexis brutally tortured him. . . .

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/09/08/real-estate-can-be-deadly-british-tycoon-kills-stubborn-tenant/?icid=main|hp-desktop|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailyfinance.com%2F2009%2F09%2F08%2Freal-estate-can-be-deadly-british-tycoon-kills-stubborn-tenant%2F

DNA Shows Man Is Not Long-Lost Boy

John Barnes and the missing Stephen Damman

John Barnes and the still missing Stephen Damman

DNA testing confirmed that a Michigan man is not a toddler kidnapped on New York’s Long Island in 1955, the FBI said Thursday, closing a chapter in a bizarre mystery that started after the man began researching his roots on the Internet.

The FBI said in a statement that a test showed John Barnes, an unemployed man in his 50s who lives in a trailer in northwest Michigan, is not Stephen Damman, who disappeared at age 2 from outside an East Meadow bakery while his mother shopped.

The sample showed Barnes could not have the same mother as Pamela Damman Horne, the sister of the toddler who was with him when he disappeared, the FBI said. She was found in her stroller, unharmed, around the corner from the market.

The case had raised the hopes of the toddler’s father, Jerry Damman, who runs a 300-acre farm in Iowa, and stunned the community where the Halloween kidnapping occurred. Damman, now 78, had said he hoped for a resolution after five decades of silence.

“It’s too bad we had to go through all of this for actually nothing in the end,” he told The Associated Press.

http://news.aol.com/article/man-says-hes-missing-boy/529079

A detailed series of articles can be found here:  http://www.newsday.com/7.25434?q=john+barnes

It would seem we have a pseudologue here.  It recalls to mind the story of Binjamin Wilkomirski/Bruno Grosjean, the author of Fragments, which purported to be a Holocaust memoir (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1999/06/14/1999_06_14_048_TNY_LIBRY_000018396).  There are a couple points that I would like to concentrate on here, first, the odd relationship between reality and these individuals and second, the emotional desires aspect of their claims.

I should really write about pseudologia fantastica more often, even if they are just ‘thinking aloud’ posts since pseudologues are such a puzzlement.  Every day readers find me through searching for that term.  My “Suzy Bass — What is Pseudologia Fantastica?”  post is one of my most visited posts (https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/suzy-bass-what-is-pseudologia-fantastica/).  In a sense, pseudologic sociopaths are more obvious than other sociopaths because their claims are so extreme.  Apparently readers are searching the internet to understand this phenomenon.

Most sociopaths seem to know perfectly well what’s real or not (though cause and effect are another matter).  Pseudologues don’t seem to know the difference between reality and the stating of it.  In both of these cases the individuals should have known their claims could not survive DNA testing.  That there is a “real” reality out there doesn’t seem to impinge upon their consciousness.

Concerning the emotional desire aspect, both of these cases featured the claimants being long lost relatives passionately wished and waited for.  It appears that this was a prize to be desired for these individuals.  I recall a description of  visitors to the Christian holylands sometimes coming down with a temporary derangement and claiming to be Jesus reincarnated (on edit:  Jerusalem Syndrome).  (To the best of my recollection, this came from a Smithsonian issue in the early nineties — if anybody has back issues to check I would certainly appreciate it.  I haven’t been able to find it in Readers’ Guide however.)  Again, there is a real emotional drive here to be what they think others want them to be or to be what others would respond to.  The psychologists were further quoted saying that these individuals would almost always go back home and return to normal — to me, that’s like saying serial killers go back to normal in between killings.

Of the two pseudologues I believe I have known, one would place himself at the very center of historic events.  The stories would be long and convoluted with the excuses for not being mentioned in the news stories or photos even more so.  I never knew him to draw back from these stories or in anyway signal that he wasn’t serious. The desire to be in these stories seems to have been the driving force.

Police: Duke University official offered adopted son for sex

Frank Lombard
Frank Lombard

A Duke University official is accused of offering his 5-year-old adopted son for sex on the Internet, according to the FBI and court documents in the case.

Frank M. Lombard, 42, was arrested last week at his home in Durham, North Carolina. During an Internet chat, Lombard allegedly offered the child to the person he was chatting with, who was a task force officer from Washington’s Metropolitan Police, the FBI said in a statement.

The chat was initiated after a confidential source facing child pornography charges told authorities they had witnessed a man, allegedly Lombard, performing sex acts on a child over the Internet.

During the chat, according to the complaint filed against Lombard, he told the officer that he had performed multiple sex acts on the boy and that the officer could do the same if he came to Durham.

According to a transcript of the chat, reprinted in the complaint, Lombard allegedly told the officer that he had to hide the abuse from his partner and that he drugged the child with allergy medication.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/30/duke.molestation.internet/index.html

I have known a number of sociopaths to pass themselves off simply as being gay.  Ask any gay friend or acquaintance how many “trysexuals” they know (“trysexuals” of course means what it sounds like, pansexuals who will try anything sexual).  Prepare to be stunned.

Judge tosses out mom’s convictions in MySpace hoax — Girl killed herself; ruling tentative

Lori Drew
Lori Drew
U.S. District Court Judge George Wu
U.S. District Court Judge George Wu

A federal judge yesterday tentatively threw out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.

U.S. District Judge George Wu said he was acquitting Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization, but he emphasized that the ruling was tentative until he issues it in writing. He noted the case of a judge who changed his mind after ruling.

. . .

Wu said he allowed the case to proceed to trial when Drew was charged with a felony, but she was convicted only of the misdemeanor, and that presented constitutional problems.

. . . .

Prosecutors said Drew sought to humiliate Megan by helping create a fictitious teen boy on the social networking site and sending flirtatious messages to the girl in his name. The fake boy then dumped Megan in a message saying the world would be better without her.

She hanged herself a short time later in October 2006 in the St. Louis suburb of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/03/judge-tosses-out-moms-convictions-myspace-hoax/

This story is very troubling.  “Murder by suicide,” I believe, is a great favorite of sociopaths — it’s a crime without consequence.  How did Lori Drew react to Megan’s death?  Was it, “Chortle, chortle, snort”?  I have no idea.

Judge Wu said the ruling was tentative and that he would have accepted a felony verdict.  What kind of nonsense is this?  The jury acted on good faith on the misdemeanor charge — why was it allowed in?  The great danger of sociopathic judges is not the outright corruption I’ve written about elsewhere in this blog, but rather, the siding with the co-sociopathic that appear before him or her.

Anthony Stancl accused of sick sex blackmail on Facebook

AN 18-year-old high school student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.

The incidents happened from spring 2007 through to November, when officers questioned Stancl about a bomb threat he allegedly sent to teachers and wrote about on a school’s bathroom wall. It resulted in the closing of New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School.

According to the criminal complaint, Stancl first contacted the students through the social networking site Facebook, pretending to be a girl named Kayla or Emily.

The boys reported they were tricked into sending nude photos or videos of themselves, the complaint said.

Thirty-one victims were identified and interviewed and more than half said the girl with whom they were communicating tried to get them to meet with a male friend to let him perform sex acts on them.

They were told that if they didn’t, she would send the nude photos or movies to their friends and post them on the Internet, according to the complaint. Stancl used the excuse to get the victims to perform repeated acts, the complaint said.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sex-fiends-facebook-blackmail/story-e6freuy9-1111118764973

Anthony Stancl
Anthony Stancl

Domination, bullying, arrogance, demonstrating his superiority — it has all the elements.  Blackmail seems to be a great favorite of sociopaths, another crime without consequence (usually).

Murder for ratings? Brazil cops suspect TV host

In one murder after another, the “Canal Livre” crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show’s host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil’s Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.

“The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police,” state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press.

The killings of competing drug traffickers, he said, “appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show.”

Souza denied all the criminal allegations and called them absurd, insisting that he and his son are being set up by political enemies and drug dealers sick of his two decades of relentless crime coverage on TV and crusading legislative probes.

http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/world/2009/08/11/D9A0T31O1_lt_brazil_tv_killings/

Wallace Souza
Wallace Souza

Texas police shake down drivers, lawsuit claims

Police in the small East Texas town of Tenaha are accused of unjustly taking valuables from motorists.

TENAHA, Texas (CNN) — Roderick Daniels was traveling through East Texas in October 2007 when, he says, he was the victim of a highway robbery.

The Tennessee man says he was ordered to pull his car over and surrender his jewelry and $8,500 in cash that he had with him to buy a new car.

But Daniels couldn’t go to the police to report the incident.

The men who stopped him were the police.

. . .

“To have law enforcement and the district attorney essentially be crooks, in my judgment, should infuriate and does infuriate everyone,” Whitmire said.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/05/texas.police.seizures/index.html

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