Saturday, December 02, 2006

Martha Ivery

Le Mezzetin by Jean Antoine Watteau.
Costume from Commedia dell'arte.
The saga of Martha Ivery's career scamming naive writers and her subsequent downfall is available at
Writer Beware.
Seventeen counts equals 65 months at Club Fed and 3 years probation. Plus restitution. And costs.
Like many Medusas, Martha squirmed to evade the legal trident by "getting religion."
Ah yes, recognition of one's failures and falsity. Remorse. Redemption.
Cue violins, mandolins, lutes, guitars or any stringed instrument of your choice.
One sees this ploy played sometimes on death row.
Yesterday I said I avoided topics such as religion and politics.
But Martha tempted me and I fell.
However, if one has indeed acquired an "ole time religion" one does not use it to evade the consequences of one's admitted maleficence. One would be moved to embrace such consequences instead. One's redemption applies to a different venue.
Martha was scamming to the very end.


Steve said...

I clicked the link, but it must be broke. I'm not big on organized relegion, but If I was, I think I'd want to be part of a church where someone could absolve me of my sins in a quick and easy manner. Saying that, it wouldn't keep a convicted crook out of prison.

Bernita said...

Don't know why it won't work, Steve. I double checked the url.
A simple search will pull it up though.
Remorse does not void sentence. IF genuine, it may sometimes reduce it, I suppose.

Steve said...

I did a search and found the article. She's been doing this for quite some time. Glad they finally nailed her.

Bernita said...

Sorry I've screwed the link somehow.
Glad you found it - it's a valuable site.

Erik Ivan James said...

Real life experiences have taught me that too often, the most religious are the most scamming. I mean that!

anna said...

Well hooray for Martha Ivery
although her kind usually manages to squirm out of restitution
and she shall probably be scot free soon - perhaps we'll even pay for a degree in theology.

Bernita said...

Seems that Ivery's "conversion" was merely pragmatic/limited purpose, Erik.
Think the difference is like "show" and "tell."
There are those who talk a good story - thinking of Bloom County's "lyin', cryin' and dyin'"and want your money.
But there are also those who are sincerely religious/spiritual who demonstrate by their actions their personal convictions.

Bernita said...

My imagination suggests she may well contemplate the financial potential of that sort of career, Anna.
Leopards and spots and all that.

Erik Ivan James said...

P.S. comment above is certainly not directed at any of your regular visitors here, Bernita. All of those that frequent here I perceive to be just what they seem..."good folk".

Bernita said...

Thank you, Erik.

MissWrite said...

I'm very glad she got what she deserved. So many of that ilk are never caught.

Jeff said...

"However, if one has indeed acquired an "ole time religion" one does not use it to evade the consequences of one's admitted maleficence. One would be moved to embrace such consequences instead."

Very well said, Bernita. I totally agree.

Bernita said...

So true, Tami!
Which is why this is an important precedent.

Thank you, Jeff.
However, using it as a "get out of jail free" card is consistent with the weasel-minded.

Robyn said...

Absolutely. If I may be permitted the thought here, I am a Christian. Any thinking Christian knows that forgiveness comes from God and only applies to your spiritual status. Never are we promised that we will not have to pay the consequences for our actions, just that God will help us to do so.

spyscribbler said...

You are SO right! If theyhad truly found religion, then how could they not be GRATEFUL for the opportunity to accept the consequences of such sinful past behavior???

Marie said...

Glad she got what she deserved.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Bonnie.
You have my carte blanche.

At least the fortitude to endure it and the recognition of the justice of it, Spy.

Indeed, Marie!
Especially considering the difficulties in prosecuting this sort of fraud.

Ballpoint Wren said...

Here's the link to the Writer Beware.

I'm glad to see just desserts.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

LOL...and I beleive that she is still scamming, even now! LOL!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Bonnie.
Think I finally got it right.
Sometimes sites use the "www" and sometimes they don't!

I think so too, Bonnie.

Bernita said...

My apologies for misnaming you, Robyn!
Blogger got me flustered. I am sorry.

Rashenbo said...

The Martha Ivery situation has been pretty interesting to read up on. It's amazing what people say and do when they get caught!

Bernita said...

Quite a case history, Rashenbo.
The aliases, the threats -particularly the "mangled corpses" or something like that against Ann and Victoria.

Ric said...

One less person to rip off innocent folk just trying to understand this increasingly complicated business.

Well Done!

Bernita said...

Yes, Ric!
They deserve every credit!
Something like 300 documented victims.
One assumes there are probably many more.

EA Monroe said...

Hi Bernita. I'm glad the scammer got what she deserved, but I'm saddened to think how many more scammers lie in wait for their next victim (probably me). ~sigh~ I'll let Le Mezzetin cheer me up with his happy song. It's been one of those Mood Indigo days.

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M.E Ellis said...

Goodness! How can some people sleep at night?