The case of the missing hedge fund manager who vanished on the day he was to begin serving a 20-year prison sentencefor defrauding investors has fascinated me for the past few days. It has everything: money, crime, a mystery! And now stupid old Sam Israel III has ruined my fascination by becoming totally ordinary. He wasn’t such a great Houdini after all. He is going to get tripped up by his girlfriend. Which is fine – I have no problems with good people turning on those who are doing something wrong if that’s what’s necessary. But he was stupid because he didn’t marry her, thereby preserving his right to never have her testify against him.
The man is willing to risk a 20 year sentence for the original fraud, plus N more years for fleeing. Yet all that was a better risk to Sam Israel than actually marrying the one person who could not testify against him.
A new low in commitment-phobia.