The speculation is: Nicolas DeMeyer jumped to his death from Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel because he realized he couldn't handle prison.
But that's just a theory.
What do we really know about the mind of a criminal?
Russian novelist Dostoevsky was a genius because he grasped the complexity of that whole process, ranging from the idea of committing a serious crime to the possible suffering after actually doing it.
On "Criminal Minds," the profilers. of course, simplify all that.
Well, quite the clever criminal DeMeyer (who had added the "De" to his name) allegedly had been. About the same time he took his leap he was to plead guilty to one count of transporting stolen property across borders.
That property was pricey wine he had pilfered from his boss David Solomon. Yes, that's the Solomon who currently heads Goldman Sachs. The total of the alleged theft was $1.2 million. Here are more details from the New York Post.
A student of art, De Meyer had been, at age 41, a personal assistant to Solomon. He liked the good life. Some of the alleged money he gained from his underground wine business he plowed into expensive global travel.
Could it have been that in the presence of such wealth he had lost his own identity and took on the persona of the wealthy?
That kind of psychosis isn't rare.
Among ghostwriters/speechwriters for chief executive officers, there are those who come to consider the power they serve as also belonging to them. They strut around the building as if they were players in their own right.
Then comes that brutal moment of clarity. Their boss leaves the corporation, is fired, or retires. Security escorts the ghostwriter/speechwriter out of the building. And, that's that. Their crime had been extreme illusion. Their punishment is the crushing realization of being a working stiff.
And, perhaps DeMeyer figured out that was also his punishment. Adding on prison would have been excessive.
But, we will never know that. The criminal mind remains an enigma.
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