After watching the hearing video, I feel as though Chase believes to his core that he is innocent, by his own definition, and his desire to begin the trial as soon as possible is based on that fact that he is pompous. He also has illusions of grandeur. He fully believes that he is an equal to his attorney. He smiles when the council smiles, laughs when a joke is being spoken, listens as an equal, all because he feels that he is an equal. He asked questions and worded his questions in a manner to make him come across as more educated than he really is, not even realizing that with those same questions he is already bogging down his defense because an attorney would already know the answers to those questions. With that, Merritt either doesn’t realize his limitations, or doesn’t care and will push the Judge and the system to get what he needs. Merritt believes himself to be a skilled orator and this may be another reason that he wants to represent himself. I believe he actually thinks he can talk and spin his words around so magnificently that he can awe a whole jury full of people. He won’t be able to strut around the court room as he will be confined to a chair, but he certainly will turn this trial into a circus with him as the ringmaster.
Ponce stated that the case would have probably gone on two or three years, and Merritt did not think he would live that long. Ponce said he could not speak how long it will take with Merritt defending himself.
During the hearing, the Judge did warn Merritt that if he made a mistake or missed an opportunity to defend himself, that the Judge would not point it out to him. He also told him that he would not be allowed to walk around the room, but would have to sit at the table during the proceedings. Merritt carefully guarded his reactions to this news.
Bottom line, I think that Ponce did not want to be financially burdened with this case that would tie up his practice for the next several years, no matter how much celebrity it may bring him, and this is the main motive why he told the Judge and reporters outside that Merritt was educated enough and understood the implications enough that he could represent himself.
Go to the bottom of the page to read the difference between a sociopath or psychopath. Whether Merritt's expressions were true responses, or an acting job is left to your opinion and I would love to hear them. You can watch it all below:
|One of the McStay graves.|
Looking at the first photo you can see that Merritt was very good at digging holes. He actually was part of Keene Engineering and as you can see by his title was doing research and development.
He was used to moving the equipment around that averaged around 100 plus pounds and digging holes to find minerals that the equipment told him was in the ground.
He also did product demonstrations for the company on site, for example near the Mohave Desert.
Also, for many it is not known or too clear what kind of criminal record Merritt had. This is a partial copy of a court document. Merritt pleaded guilty of taking the Ornamental Iron from Miklos Calmar and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
Also, according to Hesperia Star, Abayom Adepoju took Merritt to small claims court and was awarded more than $2,000 in October 2012, after a failed venture together. A bench warrant was later issued for Merritt due to his failure to pay the judgment and his failure to appear for subsequent hearings.
VICTIM STATEMENT: ORNAMENTAL IRON MIKLOS ANDRAS CALMAR. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE VICTIM MIKLOS RECOVERED THE ITEMS WHICH WERE STOLEN BY THE DEFENDANT. ALSO ACCORDING TO THE POLICE THE TOTAL MATERIAL VALUE WAS $32,250. CHARLES RAY MERRITT: JUVENILE HISTORY: INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH PROBATION DEPARTMENT INQUIRY FIVE YEARS AFTERISHVENILE PROBATION ACTIVITY IS TERMINATED. 2*4-77 7-28?77 8-16w78 10-24-78 ll~27v78 4-16-85 2-4?87 5*21-88 6*17-88 UNK. (MERRITT) 76P7258 Prob. 1980 (Rev. 5/98) ADULT HISTORY: SAN BERNARDINO SO - CT. 1. 459 PC (BURGLARY) - ON 4-13-77: VICTORVILLE SC CASE NO. CONVICTEDCTS. 1w2. DISPO: 36 MOS. PROBATION: 66 DAYS JAIL. SAN BERNARDINO SO - CT. 1; 459 PC (BURGLARY) - ON 11-8-77: SAN BERNARDINO SC CASE CT. 1: 488 PC: CONVICTED: 60 DAYS JAIL. SAN BERNARDINO SO - CT. 1; 459 PC (BURGLARY) - ON 8-30~78: VICTORVILLE SC CASE NO. VCR595: CT. 1. 459 PC: ON 3-16-79; VICTORVILLE SC: SENTENCED 2 YRS. PRISON. SENTENCE SUSPENDED: 5 YRS. FORMAL.PROBATION. SAN BERNARDINO SO CT. 1. 459 PC (BURGLARY) - ON 12~5~78: VICTORVILLE SC CASE NO. MV110946. CT. 1. 602.5 PC: CONVICTED: 30 DAYS JAIL. SAN BERNARDINO SO - CT. 1. 459 PC (BURGLARY): CT. 2; 487 PC (GRAND THEFT) - CALIF. STATE DEPT. OF CT. 1, 459 PC: NO. B-99767. 2 YRS. LAPD - CT. 1.. 487.1 PC (GRAND THEFT PROPERTY) - ON 11~3~88. LASC CASE NO. 2. 496 PC KNOWN STOLEN PROPERTY). FELONY: CONVICTED: 3 YRS. PROBATION. 365 DAYS JAIL. CALIF. STATE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS - CT. 1d D49285: 496.1 PC - 16 MOS. PRISON: CONTRA COSTA COURT 33192. 9-24-87. PAROLED. SAN BERNARDINO SO - CT. 1. 496 PC KNOWN STOLEN PROPERTY) ON 10-27-89. VICTORVILLE SC CASE NO. FV14709. CT. 1, 496.1 PC: CONVICTED: FELONY, 36 MOS. PROBATION: 14 DAYS JAIL. CALIF. STATE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS - CT. 1. FINISH TERM. VIOLATION OF UNK. AGENCY CT. 1: LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED) VC (DRIVING WITH 6?14-88. CASE NO. CON 5-16-95 5-26w95 (MERRITT) 76C6926 - PROB. 5A U92 PLEADED GUILTY) AND 6 DAYS JAIL. 2 YRS. SUMMARY PROBATION LA VERNE PD CT. 1, LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED) POM95MO430201: CONVICTED: 3 YRS. $750 FINE AND 130 DAYS L.A. REVOKED.) VC (DRIVING WITH 12-27-95, CASE NO. SUMMARY PROBATION AND COUNTY JAIL. (PROBATION COVINA PD CT. 1, vc (DRIVING WITH LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED) - CASE NO. CIT95E0829301. CONVICTED. 7~16?96, CT. 1, 3 YRS. SUMMARY PROBATION AND FINED $500 AND 120 DAYS COUNTY JAIL. ON 6-4-01 PROBATION TERMINATED.
Is Chase a sociopath or a psychopath?
A psychopath is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions. Cunning, manipulative and know the difference between right and wrong but do not believe it applies to them. They are incapable of a bonding relationship and are self-centered, egocentric and narcissistic. A Sociopath lacks empathy, is cold, calculated and will use others around them for personal gain. They lack emotions in response to events and have a limited capacity to feel love. They have strong love and admiration toward themselves. They have a grandiose self-image and feel superior to others and even can be delusional. They can see themselves as a ruler, even God-like. They don't get others and their emotions, but can mimic it to appear normal. their high IQ allows them to do this. They manipulate and use their fakeness to get what they want, and because they have no guilt it is easy for them to do. Which means they can have affairs without feeling bad. They don't need anyone else and are secretive about what they do. They want approval and hate criticism and will do what ever they can to get adulation and admiration and will use their fake emotions and manipulation to get it. Because they don't get emotions they do not trust anyone and can feel paranoia. They get easily bored, but will make rash decisions because of their impulsive nature. They unable to tell the truth and will lie even when they don't need to. Another interesting fact about Sociopath's is they are able to amass some wealth will live independently and shun people. The friends they do have around them are only their to be used. Although they will tolerate people around them they feel are equal to them, which is hard for them to find with their ego, or someone they revere. So what is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. Well, there is little, but the major difference is that psychopaths are more calculated and we usually classify serial killers under that label, as they will create a complex scheme and carry it out. A sociopath on the other hand is driven by impulse.