For quite some time, I have been following the story of Mischele Lewis and her encounter with psychopath Will Jordan. Due to my own particular life history about which I have openly shared, I sometimes feel that my circumstances may be just far enough off the beaten path that the average person might not be able to relate.
The problem with psychopaths is that some of them will go for “low-hanging” fruit and target victims who are especially vulnerable because it’s easy to deceive and manipulate folks who are already needy by dint of what life has brought them. For example, people who have a history of prior abuse, people who have developmental challenges, disabilities, lack of education or career success, loneliness, poor family support, and so on. Anyone who wants nothing more than to be loved and accepted is an easy target for psychopathic charm. Prior victimization means that the “prey” will not likely challenge the lies and deception.
But psychopaths come with a variegated collage of motivations and techniques, and some of them prefer “high-hanging” fruit. They derive glee in executing deception over people who are ostensibly strong. Attractive by social standards, highly educated, from good families, and a solid career. This is exactly why Michele’s case is particularly informative. I don’t think anyone would describe her as “low-hanging” fruit.
Make no mistake — everyone is potential prey for an unscrupulous psychopath, and no one is immune from their lies and deception. Whatever our life trajectory and circumstances, we all want to be loved, and it’s that very human need and desire that psychopaths will exploit. For anyone who thinks, “It couldn’t happen to me,” take the time to educate yourself and become familiar with Michele’s story. My heart goes out to her. I hope she continues to get justice, and I hope that what happened to her will be a warning that psychopathy is real, that it is dangerous, and untold lives are destroyed in unimaginable ways.
To the extent that we can continue to educate the public, we can hopefully shine a light on this phenomenon. We can help future victims to understand what they’ve been through. This is important work, because psychopaths not only do damage in personal relationships — they wreak havoc in medicine, greedy corporations, local politics, the justice system, and even of the world stage. Comprehending the scope of psychopathic damage is germane to building a safer, more kind and gentle globe, and is ultimately a necessity for combating heedless environmental degradation, extremism and terrorism, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and all those dastardly ills that threaten humanity. If we don’t understand this on the personal level, we cannot possibly confront on it on the world stage.
So, I was delighted to see that NBC has finally aired the Dateline episode dealing with Mischele Lewis and Will Jordan. Here is the promo clip for what aired last night:
Lest you question the full extent of what Will Jordan perpetrated, here again was the full documentary from the UK detailing what he perpetrated:
If you missed the Dateline exposé, I hope you’ll catch it when it airs again, or find it elsewhere on the web.
If you are in a relationship, and things don’t add up…. If you suspect you are being lied to or have received warnings from prior victims trying their best to save you from what they have experienced, don’t toss away the clues without taking heed. If you do not “wake up” to what is happening, sooner or later, you will pay the price. It may be that you’ll find your bank account drained, or you’ll look like an idiot to your friends and family, or your heart will be broken, but there is so much worse that could happen.
Just to interject some levity in a most serious topic, here is the theme song of psychopaths everywhere:
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