Friday, November 9, 2018

Calling Tony Soprano!

Only in New Jersey…. No, I am not talking about how New Jersey voters just sent a pedophile back to the United States Senate. I am talking about a Jennifer Melfi clone, a psycho therapist who attempted to put a hit on someone.

Where is Tony Soprano when you need him.

The therapist is named Diana Slyvia. After finding out that one of her patients had mob connections she asked him to arrange a hit.

A licensed, credential professional is acting like a crazy person. What we really want to know is whether insurance paid for the session.

New York Magazine has the heartwarming story:

After she learned that one of her patients had a past life in organized crime, she allegedly asked if he could use his former connections to kill someone for her. Per the New York Times, Slyvia was arrested last Friday and charged with one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence on Monday.

According to the court filing, the 58-year-old wanted to target a Massachusetts man who had stolen money from her. Her patient tipped off the FBI, who sent an undercover agent pretending to be a gangster to meet with Slyvia. The patient also canceled his future therapy sessions. When Slyvia met with the FBI agent, she ended up walking back her initial request for a murder, saying she just wanted the man severely beaten. “I really just want his face punched in, I swear to God. And his arm broken, that’s what I want,” she told the agent. “It’s just gonna make me feel better.” She also paid the agent a total of $5,000.

If Slyvia’s convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ey!

But, this is confusing. I had thought, because I have been told it over and over again, ad nauseam, that therapists have a superior capacity for empathy. Apparently, not.

Then again, Slyvia knew exactly what she really, really wanted-- she did not really want her nemesis to die… she just wanted him to suffer.

She wanted to feel his pain... what could be more empathetic than that?


Sam L. said...

" She wanted to feel his pain... what could be more empathetic than that?"

Got your sarcasm dialed down to "subtle", I see. Good on ya!

Anonymous said...


Stuart Schneiderman said...

Apparently, it's the correct spelling of her last name. It confused me too.

Anonymous said...

Slyvia = "Too clever by half".

For some reason, the word "pathos" popped into my head.
Enjoyed finding this:

What's the difference between ethos pathos and logos?
Ethos is an appeal to ethics, and it is a means of convincing someone of the character or credibility of the persuader. Pathos is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response. Logos is an appeal to logic, and is a way of persuading an audience by reason

Sam L. said...

Who was it said "The female of the species is more deadly than the male"?