Sure, he had the buttoned-down position of associate in BigLaw and image of happily married man. Court records which have been unsealed, however, provide the details of a history of pursuing casual sexual encounters with other men. The fatal incident in the Donovan was not the first time he had attempted to arrange male-with-male recreational sex.
In MyFoxDC, Marina Marraco reports:
"[Through a Tablet computer Messerschmitt's wife gave police it became clear that] Messerschmitt was using an all-male social network known as Grindr, and he had an alternate email account email@example.com on Grindr as well as Craigslist ... [He also had] a Google Voice phone number ... to meet male partners for sexual encounters."
The risk involved in these kinds of meetups probably heightened the excitement.
Now, of course, his family has to absorb the reality that they might not have really known who this man was. Those in his professional life may be stunned by what they perceive as reckless behavior when he had so much going for him. After all, it is increasingly difficult to land a position in a major law firm such as DLA Piper.