Bloomberg explains why white-collar fugitives like Sam “I jumped off a bridge” Israel and Marcus “My plane windshield imploded” Schrenker either get busted or turn themselves in:
- They run out of money
- They don’t plan well enough (“I’ll jump out of a plane and run to my hidden motorcyle! But then where will I go?”
- They’re too wimpy (Life of padding around on office rugs didn’t teach them how to survive on the streets)
- They lose their sense of self (apparently, it’s easier on the ego to be a white-collar exec in prison than an unemployed drifter)
- They get featured on America’s Most Wanted.
Mostly, they’re too wimpy: “There are different qualities in white-collar guys than street thugs,” Chapman said. “A criminal’s life has nothing but ups and downs, whereas a white-collar criminal has never seen the dark side, so when he enters that realm, he is lost.”
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