Con Artists Bites: Psychological Manipulation
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A list of episodes that we used will be posted in the episode description. Today we're discussing cases of psychological cool manipulation. What tactics criminals use to deceive coerce and exert control over their victims? Why does it work? And most importantly what are the dangerous consequences of these types of mental domination psychiatrist Harvey Saint Clair defined psychological logical manipulation as a psychosocial maneuver which uses aggressiveness cleverness and deception to influence others so they will give gratification to the aggressor Sir this gratification. Whether that being taking hostage cultivating followers or seducing a murder victim is the driving force behind criminals manipulative Tiv- actions they desire to gain absolute control over their prey psychologist. George Simon identified many tactics manipulators used to dominate nate their victims such as intense flattery. Playing the victim to gain sympathy and undermining a victim's perception of reality through gas lighting. So who do manipulators target. How do they select the right person to fall prey to their scheme? Dr Harry Breaker identified. The most common traits victims victims of manipulation possess among them are an eagerness to please low self reliance a desire to earn acceptance of blurry sense of identity and fear of disapproval in our clips. Today will walk through a variety of criminal manipulators and see how they identify these traits victims. We'll start with a clip from podcast original crimes of passion covering one of the most well known cases of manipulation nation in true crime history. The Manson family by manipulating in group and out group dynamics in the late nineteen sixties murderer murderer and cope leader Charles Manson radicalized his followers and cultivated intense devotion that propelled the family to do his bidding while the most famous killings committed by the Manson family where the tate labianca murders in August of nineteen sixty nine. Their first victim was drug dealer. Gary Hinman Henman's murder was the catalyst for a string of brutal killings carried out by the Manson family in the summer of sixty nine in July of nineteen sixty nine. Charles learned that the two men were in the midst of an argument. Bobby Beausoleil had purchased a thousand tabs APPs masculine from Gary Hinman but he then claimed that the drugs were tainted. Bobby wanted his money back. Charles figured that as long as bobby was asking for a refund he should demand some extra cash to help fund the families 'cause in exchange Charleston over a few family members to Henman's house to put a pressure on him. Charles knew that Henman was particularly attracted to Manson family. Member Eligible Bailey. So he suggested she go along to help persuade Henman but L.. Joe Asked to be excused from duty. Perhaps she guests at the visit might become violent. She later said that she witnessed the the family members arguing over which guns and weapons they would bring Henman's apartment instead. Charleston family members. Bruce Davis Susan Atkins is an Mary Brunner to act as enforcers. They held the drug dealer up at gunpoint. While the spurn bobby. Beausoleil beat him senseless. Eventually Henman agreed to sign over the pink slips to his two vehicles as payment. But when Bobby called Charles to let him know he wasn't satisfied he was sure Henman must have money stashed away for the next two days. Bobby Mary Brenner and Susan. Atkins held Gary Hinman. Men hostage in his home. They continued to make demands for money while bobby relentlessly beat him. When Henman told them he'd go to? The police. Bobby was spooked. He might go to prison for what he done. He called Charles. Who said you know what to do? Bobby took that as a command to silence Henman by killing him before I continue with Bobby Psychology. Please note that I am not a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist colleges but I have done a lot of research for the show. The American Psychological Association has expressed skepticism. That people can be brainwashed into into acting violently but some psychologists point to countless examples of people falling under a violent Colt influence and going on to do the unthinkable thinkable licensed mental health. Counselor Stephen Hasson use the rise above Qaeda and other terrorist groups as modern examples of how people can NBA indoctrinated into committing murder. These extremist groups have radicalized individuals through isolation limiting access to outside information and instilling an US versus them and Talapity Charles Manson uses same tactics family members look to Charles as their only source of wisdom and guidance. Some even thought he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ Charles exploited their trust to make them believe they had to take a stand against the rich and powerful pigs of the outside world. The family wasn't just willing to kill for their God. Charles they were proud to do it. So in Charles gave the word bobby readily obeyed he stabbed Henman Mint then dipped his hand in the dying man's blood to draw on the wall. He wrote a little piggy and then painted pawprint rent. Charles had instructed Bobby to leave evidence incriminating the Black Panthers. He hoped Henman's death would heighten racial tensions and help kickoff helter skelter. Then the group left taking Henman's cars with them in this episode covering the Manson Family Gary Hinman murder was only the first in a series of killings soon after after the family slaughtered actress Sharon Tate and eight other innocent people all in a bid to kick-start Manson's prophesied race wars but Manson's use use of fear and violence was an opposition to many other criminals of the Hippie era instead they capitalized on the prevailing philosophy of peace. Jason La in this next clip from cults we examined one of the most iconic psychedelic cults of the Nineteen Seventies. The source family unlike Charles Manson the source families charismatic leader. Jim Baker relied on ideas. Like Enlightenment and free love to buy his disciples to him like Manson Baker was at the center of the source family but instead of acting as a warrior he became their spiritual father offering them love and wisdom them in exchange for their loyalty ultimately however this manipulation created an all consuming dynamic extreme dependency between baker and his disciples apples what appeared to be a mutually beneficial relationship. was actually in the service of Baker's Crowing Ego Jim Baker typically responded to complex problems by running away from them but this time he didn't cut and run this could be because as psychoanalyst. Daniel shop points touted his book. Traumatic narcissism relational systems of subjugation as cult leader Baker developed a codependent relationship with his followers. Sean writes quote the power that parents have as God like figures to literally give life and sustain. The lives of their children leaves each human and being with the memory of total dependency comp leaders tap into and reactivate this piece of the human psyche followers are encouraged to to become regressed and infantilized to believe that the life depends unpleasing the cult leader and quote and just as much as the source family members. Numbers needed he apparently needed them. According to Shaw the cult leader does not escape dependency instead he and also in many cases she comes to depend on his followers to worship and adore him to reflect his narcissistic delusion of perfection in March of nineteen eighteen. Seventy three the fifty one year old Baker managed to find a second home for his followers which they called the Father House a three bedroom three bathroom home. In the hills near the source restaurant it was significantly smaller than the mother house. A fact that would soon lead to deadly health risks in some ways life at the Father House went on just as it had at the mother. House business at the source was still booming and it still required a few dozen family members I to run at each day everyone still gathered for four. AM Meditation and spent much of the day cleaning while seeking enlightenment but another ways. Everything changed. Baker began channeling new beliefs. Constantly with an ever-expanding emphasis on his own power. He began calling himself himself by the Jewish name for God Yoho. He taught about the freemasons and ancient Egyptian magic for his followers. The pursuit of enlightenment Mintz became like a whirlwind game in which no one knew the rules in our episodes on the source family. We go on to examine how Jim Bakker's total control over. His followers only increased over the next two years eventually author number surged to over one hundred fifty people but when a run in with the authorities in Los Angeles Force the cult of Fleet Hawaii Baker or father a yoed met his end in a fatal hang gliding accident in nineteen seventy five for some. It was a death as glorious as Baker's life but but for others it was a shocking wakeup call. They realized that for years Baker had manipulated them believing he was guiding them to total enlightenment and in turn his followers had blindly obeyed his every whim but what happens when a criminal delude themselves. into believing that they're heinous actions are truly in the best interest of their victim coming up. We discussed the horrifying kidnapping napping case of Katie Beers and explore the power of self manipulation. Hi It's Alistair. I'm thrilled to tell you about a new podcast series. Sure to become your next obsession. It's cooled secret societies societies. 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Memorize the special password and renew your membership to the most diabolical club in town. Follow secret societies free on spotify FI. Or wherever you get your podcasts. From the violence Winston separatist mentality of the Manson family to the all consuming codependent dynamic of the source family criminals have relied on a variety of tactics to exert control over their victims but perhaps the most fascinating methods of manipulation is one. The criminal uses on themselves. Denial and self delusion solution in our next clip from our show hostage we cover one of the most twisted cases of self delusion the abduction of Katie Beers kidnapped snapped in one thousand nine hundred ninety two nine year old Katie was kept in an underground bunker chained to the wall where she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her neighbor. John Esposito or big John but unlike Charles Manson or Jim Baker Esposito committed his crimes out of the belief that he was helping being his victim. Katie came from an abusive home so Esposito convinced himself that showering her with gifts and affection would make Katie. Happy Infield loved Vanessa Zito's mind. He had rescued Katie from her neglectful family. And it was giving you the care and attention. She deserved but in reality already. He had trapped her in a literal hell on earth. Sometimes big John would come into the bunker to give Katie eighty food or a toy and then suddenly the blank look would appear on his face and he would rape her one clue about big. John's mental state is how long he remained in denial about sexually abusing Katie. It took more than twenty years for big John To admit he molested Katie and even then he denied raping her. If Big John Really believed he loved children it would have been hard for him to reconcile that with the obvious evidence. He was seriously harming Katie which could lead to denial psychological coping mechanism on the other hand. Win John. ESPOSITO did finally confess. He blamed his lawyers for telling him. I am not to admit to touching Katie. There is one explanation that falls somewhere between extreme denial and willful cruelty Catherine Ramsland Glenn. Phd Co author of the book inside the minds of sexual predators. Says one of the most common types of child. Predators is the quote fixated fixated child offender fixated. Child offenders are stuck at an early stage of psycho sexual development and rationalize away. They're abusive abusive children as showing affection. They may know their actions are wrong but their fixation on children overrides their moral sensibilities. So John John might have known he was hurting Katie. But because he was fixated and felt unable to stop he tried to convince himself he was actually helping her big John's grand gestures like the promise of a car and a huge amount of money on her eighteenth birthday seem like further rationalizations of this abuse. News he was able to convince himself that kidnapping and sexual abuse were actually a net benefit to his victim. The John had molested children children. Before and in those cases too he cast himself as a helpful male role model in their lives among John. ESPOSITO's victims Katie's sixteen-year-old enrolled maternal half brother John Beers hostage victim. Katie eighty beers survived for seventeen days in John s busy does bunker throughout her captivity while he tried to manipulate her into forgiving him for kidnapping her she used a variety of tactics to convince Esposito to let her go. She pleaded with him if he really loved her. He'd let her leave grow up. Go Go to college and have a family eventually. ESPOSITO turned himself into police though it's unclear if he was motivated by guilt over his actions or fear of being caught either way he led the police to the hidden bunker. Freeing Katie John esposito demonstrated how criminals manipulate their victims while they already have them under their control but how do they gain a potential victims. Trust in the first place in our next clip from serial killers will examine the tactics of lust murderer Fritz harmon or the Werewolf of Hanover Harmon. killed at least twenty four men from one thousand nine hundred eighteen to nineteen twenty four all between the ages of ten and twenty two to lure his victims in he sometimes offered them assistance or accommodations. Several of the young men he murdered. Were runaways this made them especially vulnerable to harmon strategic kindness so he brought them home to his apartment supplied them with food and drink then once they're guard was completely down he savagely attacked them after getting away clean for the second time new confidence. Fueled Harman's bloodlust so when he met seventeen year old wilhelm. She'll TSA at Hanover station. In nineteen twenty three four weeks after killing Fritz Franken. He couldn't help but approached the boy by now. Harmon had practice routine for finding suitable victims. He often patrolled Hanover station under the guise of a police officer searching for vulnerable honorable boys she also was a young writer who had just run away from home and this made him an easy target for Harman. Harman had impersonated a police officer and pretended to lend a sympathetic ear. To the boys troubles. He offered Schulte place to stay into warm meal. She'll say eagerly accepted the offers and and followed Harmon to his apartment. The room was small but spotless. After nearly getting caught for the murder of frank just weeks prior harmon had scrubbed every inch in fact he had been scrubbing the place with harsh chemicals so often that other tenants in the house had complained to the landlord. A widow named Elizabeth Elizabeth Angle but Harmon had long ago explained angle that he was very particular about his cleaning habits and she saw no reason to bother attendant for keeping US room tidy. Heidi besides Harmon was charming angle. Liked him his charm also allowed him to urge young boys like Schulte into his bed given his is pleasant friendly manner harmon was always able to get close to his victims without making them uncomfortable in these situations harmon especially like to ask victims about their families. This line of questioning seemed reasonable. Coming from police officer but Harman's true goal was anything but noble. He needed to know if anyone would come looking for the boy. According to Harman he didn't always feel a violent urge to kill the boys. He brought back to his apartment in some cases harmon and kept young men around as errand boys for several days. He gave them small jobs or meals until they stopped coming around other times he raped the boys always but did not kill them but unfortunately for Schulte his answers made harmon confident that no one would question his disappearance Harmon and pounced. He grabbed shelter by the throat and held him down. He raped him and in the midst of the attack sunk his teeth into shelters Adam's apple this episode of serial killers further details Fritz harmon in six year reign of terror as the butcher of Hanover. But during that time the police couldn't help but notice the sharp spike in the number of missing boys and teenagers. His crimes were eventually uncovered when the bones from his victim started popping up around town in rivers and fields when harmon was arrested and police discovered stacks of young men's clothing in his apartment after killing them. He sold off their possessions. Extra cash at the end his thriftiness fifty nece was his downfall. Every part of Fritz Harman's interaction with victims served a purpose from where he hunted to how we approach them to to how he killed them. He was entirely calculated in his manipulations. But for some criminals their actions aren't so nearly deliberate rather their manipulations populations are encouraged by their own. Delusions our final clip from female. Criminals covers convicted murderer. Diane Downs Diane grew up in a strict religious household feeling unloved. She searched for ways to fill that hole her entire life. She finally thought she found found the one. In Lieu Louison make carried on a series of fair for the better part of nineteen eighty two. But Louis concerned by some Diane's behavior. She needed his constant attention at affection. She also lied about everything spinning whatever stories necessary to keep him close to her eventually. Eventually he broke off the affair and went back to his wife. Diane was devastated so in May of nineteen eighty three. She devised a plan to win. Lou back back. If she made herself victim he would have to come back to her to save her sadly she involved her three young children in the plot making them victims as well one night. Diane took the kids out for a drive then. She staged a violent carjacking working on the night of the shooting. May Nineteenth Nineteen eighty-three detective. Doug Welsh interview Diana at McKenzie Willamette. Hospital Welsh was the responding officer that night and this was his first homicide case. Diane told Welsh that she and her children in had gone to visit her friend and Mar Cola a nearby town in Oregon on their way home. She decided to take a longer route. That was more scenic even though oh it was growing dark as she drove her three sleeping children down. Old Mohawk road a deserted country road near the Mohawk River. A shaggy-haired man on flagged her down making her stop the car. Diane got out to ask what he wanted and he demanded she gives him her keys when she refused the manse and snapped pushed her to the side reached into the car and shot the sleeping children. Diane then pretended to throw her car. Keys in the direction of the riverbank. Bank to divert the gunman's attention. They struggled for a moment and he shot her in the arm but she managed to get back in the car and race away to the hospital. Parts of the story didn't make sense to Welsh. He said quote sightseeing when it's pitch black out. And why are the kids fatally or near fatally wounded and she being being right. Handed is shot in the left arm. I mean think about it. She's the biggest threat to him. Not Three sleeping children and quote. In addition Diane's account of the events on Mohawk road were inconsistent. She told Welsh the man was bushy-haired then said that he wore a ski mask. I she said that they were attacked by one man but then she said there had been two then reverted back to one. Her evolving narrative is consistent with pathological lying the common symptom in those diagnosed with Histrionic personality. Disorder like Diane. Vanessa's going to take over on the psychology here and throughout the episode. Please note L.. Vanessa is not a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist but she has done a lot of research. The show thank Sammy. According to Dr Mark d griffiths patients wins with HP D. will often lie as a way to enhance or facilitate their dramatic and attention seeking behavior in this case with the dozens of police and doctors in in the hospital focused on her. Diana justed her story to appear more dramatic as needed while Welsh took Diane statement. Doctors fought plot to save the three downs children as we further outlined in the female male criminals episodes detailing dying down story. She had a long history of pathological lying though her previous lies never had such high stakes now with her children's lives on the line. Diane constructed elaborate carjacking story to explain their grave injuries however her attempts to manipulate investigators tres and her increasing desire for their attention exposed her increasingly convoluted delusions. Ultimately one of Diane downs. Children died from their injuries. The other two spent months in the hospital recovering. Her three-year-old son was paralyzed from the waist. Down her oldest daughter Christie initially lost the ability to speak but when she recovered it was her testimony at Diane's trial that center mother to to prison for life while the criminals are clips today utilize different manipulation tactics. They all shared one common goal to gain control over their victims yes. We saw Dr Simon's manipulation tactics at play. Diane downs tried to make herself into a victim to manipulate police. Enter ex-boyfriend John Esposito zito tried to use intense flattery to win Katie Beers. Affection even deceiving himself into believing he was saving her. We also saw that these manipulators. I chose their victims very carefully paying attention to those who are most vulnerable as laid out by Dr Breaker John. ESPOSITO's dictum was not only child but an abused child who desired the approval of adults. For many Harman's victims were runaways vulnerable to any small amount of kindness. He showed them Jim Baker identity and acceptance to his followers who looked to Baker for guidance and enlightenment in the end they all achieved their goal. All of complete domination. Thanks for tuning tuning into podcast crime bites. We hope you enjoyed this episode on the tactics of psychological manipulation. We'll be back next week with a new episode. On mother's there's misbehaving. We often think mothers as the consummate nurturers. 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