I'm interested in how people with ASPD (antisocial personality disorder) are able to infiltrate and usurp organizations. But first, lets look at some numbers:
It's speculated that one percent of the general population has the disorder.
On the other hand, up to 25-percent of prison inmates are considered sociopaths.
But then there's the outsiders: four percent of CEOs are believed to be sociopaths, due to the demanding, high-pressure work involved. In fact, sociopaths who don't end up behind bars have managed to find themselves in some fairly lucrative careers. Surgeons. Lawyers. Salespeople. All careers that attract intelligent, charismatic individuals able to fake emotions outwardly, while feeling nothing inside.
Because of this chameleon-like nature, it's really hard to tell who is actually a sociopath, because they can seem so nice on the outside. However, after looking over hundreds of professionals, I've found three who I believe meet the criteria. In no particular order...
1. Joe Francis, Girls Gone Wild creator
On Joe's website, he brags about being kicked out of virtually every school he's ever attended, including various military schools. He developed an intense distrust for authority as a child. He was impulsive, disobedient, and racked up penalties for fun, causing a principle to remark, "if all children were like Joe, then people wouldn’t have children." In high school, Joe discovered he had an affinity for sales. He was a hard worker, but even harder to work with. He has, at various times, been convicted of tax evasion, bribery, false imprisonment, assault, dissuading a witness, record keeping violations, and has pleaded "no contest" to child abuse and prostitution.
2. David Miscavige, de-facto leader of the Church of Scientology
David claimed, as a child, that a 45-minute Dianetics session cured his asthma and allergies. As a teenager, he worked for the church, under direct supervision of its founder, L Ron Hubbard. He had a sterling reputation, and gained a leadership role in the early 1980's. It was also around this time that Hubbard stopped making public appearances, leaving David de-facto voice of the organization. He has been accused of a number of malpractices, including "coaxing Hubbard's wife to step down from her position in the organization", "embezzling from and manipulating L Ron", coercive fundraising practices, harassment, humiliating church members, assault, and forced separation of church member's families. Upon Hubbard's death, David assumed total control, appointing himself captain, and crushing those who dared oppose him.
3. Hillary Clinton, Presidential candidate.
This is a tough one; there's no doubt that Clinton's political career is steeped in corruption. However, it's hard to tell whether she's sociopathic, or Machiavellian. If the latter is true, she does feel guilt on some level, but chooses to ignore it. On the other hand, what makes me believe she might be sociopathic is her blind ambition, attitude towards the law, and attitude towards inferiors. During the Watergate investigation, Clinton was fired for being "a liar...an unethical, dishonest lawyer". However, her ambition has, at times, been rewarded: she was made partner at a prestigious law firm in Arkansas, where she was considered a "rainmaker" due to her ability to bring in clients. Her accolades have nothing on her scandals, though. Clinton has been known to manipulate her husband, Bill. In addition, she has been accused of stealing from the White House, attacking victims of sexual assault, mishandling classified information, accepting bribes, selling secrets, using the IRS as her personal "gestapo", and much more.
That's all for now. If you can think of anyone who should be added to the list, let me know in the comments.
p.s. While doing research for this article, I also learned that Hillary Clinton was able to, with no prior investment experience, turn $1000 into $100,000 betting on cattle futures. Strange indeed.