we are coming to recognize the acts of individual, lone psychopaths
in crime, business, politics and our personal lives as the source of
tremendous trauma, and the monetary costs, arguably in the trillions
today, we have failed to grasp the full magnitude of the problem.
with all other segments of the population psychopaths run the
spectrum of abilities and intelligent. According to Dr. Liane Leedom,
a psychiatrist specializing in the study of the condition, at any
time there are 20,000 psychopaths with IQs over 180 at large in the
United States. This is cause for an entirely different degree of
concern for several related reasons.
the condition is not presently curable or even treatable. It is a
neurological, not psychological condition.
Declan Murphy and colleagues Dr Michael Craig and Dr Marco Catani
from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have now
published findings which move further in the direction of placing the
source psychopathy as an organic malfunction of the brain itself.
Differences in the brains of normal individuals and psychopaths point
to this conclusion.
Dr Michael Craig said in an
article published August 5, 2009 in Science News, ”If
replicated by larger studies the significance of these findings
cannot be underestimated. The suggestion of a clear structural
deficit in the brains of psychopaths has profound implications for
clinicians, research scientists and the criminal justice system.”
While Dr Craig did not
dismiss the possibility for treatment all attempts to change behavior
from the use of psychotherapy have failed utterly, professionals
admit. Therapeutic approaches have only succeeded in producing more
(Jan. 25, 2011) — People
diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy, just like
patients who have suffered frontal head injury. This has been shown
in a new study from the University of Haifa. "Our
findings show that people who have psychopathic symptoms behave as
though they are suffering frontal brain damage," said
Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory, who conducted the study.
Psychopathy is a personality
disorder that finds expression in extreme anti-social behavior and
intentional harm to others, including a lack of compassion and
empathy. An existing explanation for such behavior suggests the
inability to comprehend the existence of emotions in others. However,
the fact that many psychopaths act with sophistication and deceit to
intentionally harm others, indicates that they actually have a good
grasp of the mental capacity of others -- and are capable of using
that knowledge in order to cause them harm.
Earlier research by Dr.
Shamay-Tsoory has examined individuals with frontal head injury,
i.e., damage to parts of the brain that are responsible for emotional
functioning. She has shown that people suffering this type of brain
damage have difficulty showing empathy. Having observed similar
emotional deficiency in psychopathic behavior, she set out to see if
there is in fact a similarity between the two cases.
The current study assessed 17
people who had been diagnosed by psychiatrists as psychopathic -- and
not suffering from any known brain damage; and another 25 individuals
suffering frontal lobe injury. Each of the participants underwent a
computerized test examining cognitive ability to recognize feelings
in another and the ability to demonstrate empathy for another's
emotions. They were also tested to gauge their capacity to understand
another's thoughts. The results of these tests showed that both
groups demonstrated a similar difficulty in showing empathy, while
two control groups of individuals with no known mental disorders or
brain damage and individuals with non-frontal brain damage both
showed different results with positive empathy capabilities.
psychopathic behavior is similar to that of a person with brain
damage, it could be that it could benefit from similar forms of
Shamay-Tsoory noted, a hopeful note not supported by the body of
evidence as of yet.
One psychopath acting alone
can alter the behavior of those around him or her though carefully
What happens when psychopaths
cooperate? Is the economic and cultural meltdown now ongoing related
to the presence of these individuals, able act at will, in our world?
Is this the outcome of psychopaths acting in the “lone wolf”
model, or is it an illustration of what happens when psychopaths
cooperate? By their nature, intelligent psychopaths are con-men,
using our emotions to manipulate us for their own ends to carry out
their personal agendas.
is as yet little awareness of this potentially far more dangerous
impact on our lives. The thoughtful might consider stepping back to
consider what is taking place today, much of it so seemingly
story below is true in all particulars and demonstrates something of
the hazards we face in a world which fails to see those without
conscience for what they are and enact laws and practices to
alleviate the problem.
Franklin and Dan O'Dowd, cooperating psychopaths within a
O'Dowd, President of Green Hills Software, Inc., hired Franklin as
Vice President of Advanced Products Development because of his own
inability to make a success of his business. At the time Franklin was
hired he, Franklin, had facilitated the only sales the company had
manged to make since their founding in 1982. Ignoring their marketing
materials, Franklin had read the code and recommended the products to
three other companies, who, trusting Franklin's judgment from
experience, bought. In this way Dan was rescued from having to return
to their venture capitalist, O'Dowd's former employer, Glenn
Hightower, for more funding. As we will see, Dan's behavior later
identifies him as highly psychopathic himself. Dan's goal was to
become wealthier than Bill Gates.
Franklin is a psychopath whose goals include enjoying incestuous
relationships with very young girls or children who looked like his
sister, P. Craig's first sexual arousal took place when he was 16 and
the two siblings were wrestling. Craig's sister was then 12. In
appearance, the sister, P, was highly neotonous, blond and blue-eyed.
was the only girl in a family comprised of four siblings, herself the
youngest. The parents were emotionally unavailable and the four
siblings were born within just a few years of each other, the first
two, Craig and S, only 10 months apart. Not surprisingly, Craig
received little maternal attention.
odd behavior was noted by those around him from the time was in grade
a stellar performance in college, where Craig far out performed his
peers while obtaining a degree in math at Stanford University in just
over three years, Craig went on to do extraordinary work in a series
of early software companies. Craig's IQ is 180.
his inability to cope with normal life, in his case evidenced by his
inability to file his income tax returns each year, forced him to
move on as soon as the penalties resulted in complete garnishment of
his earnings. In fact, Craig never owed money, he made it a practice
to have the maximum possible withheld. But he did not file the
return. If he had, he would have received a large refund each year.
on Craig's non-filing here.
took place approximately every two years, making it impossible for
him to exercise the very generous stock-options he was always
granted, by his own report. Craig's non-filing cost him hundreds of
millions of dollars.
is typical of psychopaths, Craig was profligate with money, spending
every penny he had with no thought of the future. As a means of
buffering himself in social situations he took up playing the guitar
while still in college and began writing his own songs, most of which
left the listener cold, as they, not unsurprisingly, were emotionally
flat. This changed when he began studying the problem and emulating
the emotional content of songs written by others, whose authentic
emotions he could express. For years he tried to purchase the right
to a song by a fellow Libertarian, Dean Ahmad, about Thomas
Jefferson. Dean had written his version on the morning of April 3th,
1976 in honor of Jefferson's birthday.
Franklin rewrote the song. Franklin told his wife, Melinda, on one
occasion, he had to use a huge portion of his left brain to emulate
having a right brain (empathy), which he admitted he lacked.
continues to use music to gain access to possibly useful
relationships today. These include songs about 'freedom'
as well as children's
Those he works with who are probably unaware of Craig's history. The
appearing in this album, “Celeste
include two examples of Craig's writing. Justin's Lullaby was written
for his youngest son, the other song for his grand-daughter by
first marriage lasted 18 months, ending because his wife, also a
mathematician, insisted their tax returns be filed. The wife, Elaine,
was pregnant when Craig abruptly insisted on returning to college for
a master's degree. She left him. Craig used the divorce and the son
born to them in continued attempts to destroy her, apparently
unconscious of the effects of his manipulations on the child.
financial settlement took place until forced by both sets of parents
and the court. His son, Scott, became a weapon to continue the war on
his former wife, a war in which he maligned her endlessly.
are very vulnerable to a psychopathic parent.
Scott was in his custody he was subjected to endless 'programming'
designed to cause him to distrust and resent his mother. Craig also
began to discuss sex with Scott, reflecting the idea he, as a member
of his 'very elite family,' had a right to whatever they wanted.
“Franklin men take what they want,” was a phrase he reported
growing up hearing from his father, though there is no evidence this
was the case in his father's sexual behavior. The father, Dr. Carl M.
Franklin, a former double vice-president of the University of
Southern California, now deceased.
Scott learned this to be true. Saw this demonstrated in other parts
of his grandfather's life. Craig's father, had often gloated about
his cleverness in persuading wealthy alumni to donate to the USC
instead of leaving the money to their children. These same sentiments
where shared in his letters to his children, later. A set of these
papers is available for study.
first sexual experience was a gang rape. Learning of this from a
conversation overheard by his step-mother, Melinda, she demanded
Craig take action. Craig immediately sent Scott back to his mother,
but not before letting him know his behavior was not a problem, she
Scott's violent behavior, directed toward his mother, forced his
removal to the home of his father and step-mother, his attempted to
strangle his older step-sister when asked to clean up after his cat.
The Franklin family blamed the victim, minimizing the violence done
to the step-sister, who was six or seven inches shorter than Scott
and weighed only 100 Lbs.
to the shock of his wife, expressed no condemnation of Scott's
behavior, using the event as an opportunity to go into counseling
with Nathaniel Branden, who had previously had a sexual relationship
with a woman Craig had stalked, Ayn Rand.
inability to identify inappropriate and non-empathic behavior
reoccurs throughout Craig's life.
impact on Scott played out over the next years.
second marriage to Melinda in 1987, a woman with three daughters who
fit within the confines of his sexual target zone, was undertaken for
several purposes. Two of these were to gain access to her daughters
and provide cover for Craig's inability to function in the normal
is common with psychopaths he manipulated events to gain control of
assets. Craig insisted the house, property of his new wife, be sold
and another home purchased in which he had an interest to convert the
value to his own control. He demanded the settlement from Melinda's
former marriage be used as a down payment and that he be allowed to
adopt all of the children of her previous marriage, marginalizing the
role of the children's biological father and allowing him to better
position himself as 'Daddy.'
marriage took place when Scott was still a young teenager. Craig
immediately began a campaign of manipulation on the daughters,
demeaning their mother, in preparation to obtaining sexual access. In
this, he failed because his wife, Melinda, told him she would
castrate any man who molested her children. Also, Craig's ability to
manipulate the children was hampered by their day to day familiarity
had noted to Melinda it took only six weeks for most people to
understand he would not react emotionally within normal expectations.
Until Craig and Melinda were living together, Melinda did not realize
how strange Craig's behavior could be. Craig, though highly
intelligent, was not able to overcome what may have been a component
of autism, thought by many to stem from the same root causes as
psychopathy, in his functioning.
also had a son, who was of no interest to Craig except for purposes
of manipulation, and a son the couple had together, again, used as a
weapon when the couple divorced.
marriage had placed Craig in a position where he had someone to blame
for his inability to cope with normal life and who undertook to
handle all parts except the taxes, which he concealed from Melinda
until this became impossible due to their near bankruptcy in 1997.
1997 Melinda, discovering Craig's non-filing of returns but not his
psychopathic nature, threatened to file using the Americans with
Disabilities Act, against the IRS. Despite the expectations of
attorneys and Craig, they received refunds in the neighborhood of
$250,000. These, she used to pay off their debts. At the end of the
year they were solvent for the first time.
1996 Craig had obtained a grant of stock options, larger than any
other employee. Both he and Dan, the president of the company, Green
Hills Software, Inc., knew the success of the company had been
produced from their 'partnership.' The relationship allowed each man
to advance toward his goals.
company was now poised to go public. Craig was about to become very
wealthy and, as another benefit of his employment, the company had
covered for him on his non-filing and provided a corporate credit
card which he could use without providing an accounting.
cooperative arrangement between Craig and Dan now bore fruit for both
men. Dan's partnership with his former employer, Glenn Hightower, who
had funded Green Hills Software, Inc., was subject to a 'sudden
death,' partnership agreement wherein either partner could demand to
be bought out for a stated amount. If the challenged partner failed
to come up with the funds in 3 months the other could exercise the
recent graduate of Cal Tech, Dan had persuaded his employer to fund
the Green Hills start up, which originally included another partner,
Carl Rosenberg, who was eliminated in the early 90s using similar
techniques as later used on Hightower.
with the assistance of the other
vice presidents of the company,
ensured their employees would reject the finance team brought in by
the VC partner, Glen Hightower, this taking place during the summer
of 1998. In return for Craig's help Dan had an attorney write a new
stock option agreement, specific to Craig, in an attempt to
characterize the options as his separate property. All grants to
other employees, was identical, except for the number of shares, to
the one originally signed by Franklin. By this time the 401K, marital
property entirely earned during the marriage, disappeared. It
is likely this was used to prepay for the options issued.
was a 'throw Mama from the Train,' strategy, intended to distance
each man from their collaborative acts and both criminal and
was well aware of Craig's sexual predilections. At least one sexual
harassment law suit was quietly settled, filed by an employee.
acting on behalf of the company, expended time and money fighting off
Melinda's demands for discovery on the issue of the stock options and
the 401K. A compliant judge, Thomas Anderle, refused to enforce the
lawful demand for information.
this time, September 1997, Melinda's oldest son had suffered a major
brain injury, and was not expected to live. Melinda herself had
suffered a heart attack while clearing up the problems with the IRS
and Craig's finances and now needed corneal transplants due to an eye
infection she ignored while ensuring the returns were filed. Although
this happened in September of 1997 no one from Green Hills contacted
her to offer their help or sympathy, though the family home was just
blocks from the corporate headquarters.
the plan laid out for him by his attorney, Craig's attorney went to
the family home, rifled through Melinda's papers, and stole the
record which documented their adoption agreement. The divorce was
conducted like a war, utilizing all the unethical practices usual to
Jacqueline Misho's practice, a methodology which would, several years
later, earn her a starring role in the Post
of John Cleese, whose wife had been represented by Misho. Melinda was
slandered and libeled to the court and her acquaintance, as had
happened to Craig's previous wife.
went into court and denied he was the father to any of Melinda's
children, but set up trust accounts for each child. He then absconded
with the money, not a penny ever being given to any of the children.
Without the documents the court accepted his bald statement, leaving
five children without a legal father. The court did, however, grant a
small portion of the exercised stock to the ownership of Melinda,
declining to have her “reimburse” Franklin.
undertook to carryout another strategy to deny these to Melinda,
which has succeeded for over ten years.
man evidenced any concern for the badly handicapped son, Arthur.
Craig expressed exasperation Melinda had not died, a fact later
reported to her. This was what he and the others cooperating with
him, expected as her heart condition was inherited and her other
sisters had died of the condition.
both Craig and Dan, Melinda dead would have cleared the path to her
daughters for him and eliminated potential exposure.
this time Scott graduated from college and married. When Scott's
wife, K, gave birth to a daughter. Craig began visiting them. Craig
allowed Scott's wife's parents to pay for stock, probably that stolen
from Melinda. This was yielding a tidy income to the couple. Soon,
Scott was, by the evidence, sharing his father's fascination with
pornography, as reflected in court papers several years later.
the sole caretaker for her disabled son, was left penniless, living
in a half-finished cabin in the mountains at 6,000 feet. She
and her son were often without food and firewood. She was close to
being legally blind and suffered a stroke in the dead of winter,
receiving no medical care. Against expectations, she survived, a fact
pointed out by Green Hills attorneys to prove nothing untoward
in 2009, Scott, then the father of two children, hired
to kill his estranged wife. Scott had lost his job and instead of
looking for work decided to return to college, paid for by Craig.
However, he was spending most of his time playing online games and
watching child pornography, according to the court records. Due to a
sting operation the hit did not happen. While in jail awaiting
arraignment Scott, again, attempted to solicit a hit. His uncle,
Craig's brother, S Franklin, an attorney, expressed the opinion the
police were making much out of a minor matter during a conversation
by his father to return the stock Scott did so. Scott's wife's
parents were not compensated and the only marital asset became
unavailable to K, who was left destitute.
ignored his son's confrontation with the law, hiring an attorney in
an attempt to obtain unsupervised visitation with his grand daughter.
It was reported by Craig's girl friend, Ann Fisher, that letters
Scott wrote to his father remained unopened on a pile on his desk at
work. Once Scott was no longer useful to Craig, he was forgotten.
court refused Craig visitation, based on the observations of social
workers. K and her children were admitted to a victims
protection program and changed their identities.
youngest daughter gave birth to a little girl. Craig immediately
began plying the couple with money and planned to retire to their
area to, 'help raise
my grand daughter.'
When Ayn, learned what had happened to K's daughter and Craig's
monetary gifts were reported to the IRS, she cut all communication
with her father. Craig had brought one of his paid companions
down to hold, "his
hopes she would have a little girl with him.
the time Dan, who had persuaded Melinda to sign a settlement
agreement in 2001 with the assurance he, acting in her best interest,
would ensure Craig paid the court-ordered support regularly, used the
law to evade giving Melinda the stock the court had granted to her.
O'Dowd was well aware she was disabled herself and sole caretaker for
a severely disabled adult son. By so doing he eventually put his
entire business at risk. A sense of invincibility is an indicator for
psychopathy as is, of course, intentional, calculated, deceit.
far less is known about Dan's personal life he is married to a woman
of Chinese origin, Amy Chang. Amy, raised in a refugee camp before
becoming a computer programmer, brought in relatives to raise the two
children she had with Dan.
2002 Green Hills Software had begun receiving
government contracts for software.
While other companies in their industry are now struggling last year
Green Hills had its best year ever, contracts for war have continued
to be funded. Dan and Amy, who personally own 97% of the company
received dividends of over $300,000,000.00. Today, this announcement
appeared via the Internet. Green Hills Software is in line for a
renewal of one of their government contracts for Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Command
intends to issue a sole source contract in the estimated amount of
$226,665.00 to Green Hills Software, Inc., 30 West Sola Street,Santa
Barbara, CA 93101-2599.”
continued to exercise control for a non-profit started by Green Hills
Heroes Last Wish Foundation
founded in 2003. A call made to the company for a possible donation
resulted in a referral to Amy at her home in Santa Barbara on behalf
of Avon. In 2007, speaking for the Foundation, Amy declined to send
toiletries to military serving in Iraq at Christmas time.
organization's founding coincides with Green Hills' first winning of
government contracts. Evidently, few grants were made and funds
remaining in the Foundation's account were eventually returned to its
have very different goals and the seemingly irrationality of risks
taken and strangeness makes it difficult for many normal people to
comprehend or believe, even when the evidence is irrefutable.
The 'other than human' motives and nature of the behavior is believed
by some to reflect in the representations of Devil in many human
driving goal was sexual gratification and experiencing a sense of
power through betraying the trust of his victim. This scenario is
evidently optimized for him when the victim is a female child to whom
he has caused to bond to him as a father. Dan allowed him to live out
his fantasies under the cover of Green Hills Software, Inc. Several
years ago Craig had a couch placed in his office. At least one of his
female acquaintances reported being raped there during business
hours. Other employees have commented on wondering why Dan tolerates
Craig's behavior, which includes bringing prostitutes to company
functions, according to Anne Fisher.
according to Fisher, Dan tried, unsuccessfully to place Craig in
another location but Craig refused. His letters to women, which
brought unwitting, hopeful contacts obtained through online dating
services, went out using his corporate email address and from the
company server. Craig deliberately chose unattractive women who would
be unlikely to complain when they were raped and returned to the
according to Fisher, started membership on high-end dating sites,
using these to meet women. He stated as one of his relationship goals
to have more children. Over the following years Craig built up a
stable of 'paid
who received checks or cash either for sex or for having dinner with
him. These ranged from well known soft-core porn stars to first time
prostitutes. Payment was made by the hour, for dinner of being part
of a bevy of women who listened to him talk and play his guitar, or
'assistants,' and 'girl friends,' the latter expected to provide both
personal services, such as tucking him in to bed with a glass of
orange juice, making him meals, frozen and placed in his
refrigerator, or sex.
goal was very different. His entire life was fixed on becoming
wealthier and more famous than the founder of Microsoft. While he has
not succeeded, he has achieved far more success toward his goal than
would have been possible without Craig.
Craig is still the senior vice-president of the billion-dollar
software company, which holds large contracts from the government for
sensitive technology. He is, however, scraping by, month to month as
he has continued his pattern of extravagance, spending every penny he
receives, according to Fisher. The actual management of the
company is limited to a small set of individuals who know the facts.
both men were able to obtain an astonishing degree of gratification.
Separately, each would have failed. This parallels the dynamics
between Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith, portrayed
by Truman Cupote in his book, “In Cold Blood.”
message in Capote's book and with the example above, each drawn from
life, is that when psychopaths cooperate the innocent will pay the
price. See Greedville.biz
for more on this case and other cases, soon to be published.
FROM THE AUTHOR:
seen the problem from the inside in a way which is, perhaps, unique,
the author has come to believe it is essential a means be found to
stop psychopaths from living out their fantasies to the detriment of