The psychology behind taking dirty money from Jeffrey Epstein »
People have a deep-seated aversion to morally tainted money, but also a strong temptation for the reward. When people take dirty money, this inner conflict is resolved with rationalization. And the power of rationalization is so strong that people will engage in elaborate cognitive gymnastics not to see the negative ramifications of what they have just done. Our behavior will shapeshift to protect our benefactor.
Research on conflicts of interest shows that, when confronted with the possibility that their benefactor is morally dubious, people will look the other way, selectively examine the evidence in front of them, and generally focus on whatever slim evidence remains that their benefactor has redeeming qualities. As Upton Sinclair observed, it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
A woman who this week allegedly broke into a building at the New Mexico Zorro Ranch is facing jokes on social media asking if she’s using Jeffrey Epstein’s mirror in her selfie.
Melanie Villegas, 25, and her husband Daryl Carson, 31, are facing one charge each of nonresidential burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property and larceny after a security guard found them on the site, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
According to Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies, the couple broke in to the property at 49 Zorro Ranch Road, outside of Stanley. Ms Villegas (using her married name Carson) appears to have posted this photograph today (below) on Facebook. In it she’s asked; “were you using the mirror from Epstein’s in this?”
According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, “When she (security guard) attempted to contact Carson, he tried to drive away, but she told him, “Don’t do that, I have a gun and the police are on their way,” the statement says.
The couple told a deputy they got onto the property via a county road, but Villegas later said they lifted a post to open a fence, the statements says.”
A security guard noticed a cut fence on the southwest corner of the property with tyre tracks appearing to match those of Villegas and Carson’s truck, the newspaper reported.
A previous version of this story said the photo was taken at the ranch. It wasn’t and we apologise for the error.