Around April 23rd, police records were unsealed. They provided detailed documentation that DLA Piper associate and seemingly happily married man, David Messerschmitt, was leading a double life.
The confirmation of what most of us had suspected since his body was found on February 10th wasn't the shocker. The stunner has been the sustained interest in this rather commonplace story. After all, we are all David Messerschmitt. From the get-go, we lead double lives to get what we want. If we didn't get down cold that lesson early in the game we would have likely have never made it very far - or even have survived.
The dynamics of the double lives - actually those reaching almost infinite numbers - were described by sociologist, Erving Goffman, in "The Presentation of Self." He pointed out that even the butcher in a provincial town knew damn well to lead one life in his cottage, another in his shop and yet another when he attempted to socialize with his "betters." Because he did that skillfully and seamlessly, all of those diverse presentations of self worked.
Who in the Watergate scandal wasn't living a double life? None of them, including Richard Nixon, would have risen so high without those two selves. Jesus Christ had one life as an unsuccessful carpenter and another as an influential evangelist.
Without the ubiquity of double lives, many criminal lawyers would be out of business.