Family issues get sticky sometimes. Consider this case of greed, entitlement and arrogance. John J. Donovan’s son passed away, leaving a wife and two children — and a bunch of real estate. At some point, the son’s widow realized that something was wrong with her husband’s estate. She sought legal advice to remedy the situation.
Boston Globe: “A former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was once convicted of staging a shooting, was indicted Thursday by an Essex County grand jury on charges he tried to cheat his grandchildren and widowed daughter-in-law out of property.
John J. Donovan, 75, of Hamilton, is facing seven counts of forgery and single counts of attempted larceny, obtaining a signature by false pretenses, and witness intimidation, among other charges, according to a statement from the Essex district attorney’s office…In a statement released Thursday night, the Donovan siblings said their father ‘has a long history of making false statements and lying.’
‘As the indictment clearly indicates he tried to steal from his youngest son’s widow and children, his own grandchildren’, read the statement. ‘Donovan Sr. was convicted of filing a false police report in 2007 when he lied to Cambridge police. Then, a court-appointed arbitrator found that he has repeatedly lied under oath. Now he is lying again. We are heartbroken that our brother’s widow and children must endure more of his outrageous claims.’
Donovan said he is currently estranged from his four remaining children.” source
Grandpa Donovan, Black Belt Villain
By stealing from his son’s wife and children, Grandpa Donovan fell into a trap of his own making. None of his children want to talk to him. They no longer trust him.
It’s the way Grandpa plays the emotional villain that makes his game plan a Black Belt DramaGuru lesson.
Donovan was able to convince himself and others that what he was doing was legal. And that started with Grandpa playing a different game — one that served him — and pretending that he was doing the right thing with his son’s real estate holdings.
DramaGuru Eddie Attack
Grandpa worked the Eddie Attack to his advantage, taking steps to convince realtors, bankers, lawyers, etc. to accept his position as legal guardian over his son’s properties.
And no one questioned his authority because he created an impression that he had permission to do so.
Apparently, someone with power, was on his side, helping him get away with forgery.
Grandpa’s control over the “outsiders” gave him authority and made it easy for him to control the “insiders”, his son’s wife and his two grandchildren.
Banding together, John J. Donovan’s family members stood united against him. And when the boomerang of consequence returned, Grandpa’s evil scheme unraveled.
DramaGuru Position: Vulture (Entitled) and Skunk (Chaos)
Grandpa felt entitled to the property his son left as an inheritance to provide for his wife and children. Acting like a Vulture, he swooped in and took what he wanted. Like a Skunk, he made his family members uncomfortable and afraid. No one would take him on alone. They might get skunked!
Keeping your guard up around Grandpa is the only way to protect yourself.
More DramaGuru Attacks: Sneaky Millie, Vampire, Turncoat
As the stakes increased, the level of attacks grew to match. Telling lies and forging signatures falls under Sneaky Millie.
The DramaGuru Vampire Attack allows you to take what you need from others and leave them with nothing.
Selfish: seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others.
And the worst one of all, The Turncoat: “I’m a traitor. When you turn your back, I will betray your trust.”
DramaGuru Ostrich Position: I’m confused! I had permission.
Once caught, Grandpa turns to Ostrich position pretending not to understand the confusion over who really owned the real estate.
Thank you to Keith Florian who posted a link to the original Boston Globe article on his Twitter timeline.
This story is insane, take a couple of min to read it:… https://t.co/l4EvETl8RN
— Keith Florian (@KeithFlorian) January 14, 2018
Practice Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for your mouth. This article is a black belt DramaGuru lesson.
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