We came to the conclusion that Hoover was a sociopath.
Recent studies have determined that sociopathic personalities run many successful businesses. Their ruthless, uncaring natures are many times masked by outgoing and jovial personas. They can lull unsuspecting competitors into making mistakes, and often smile as they crush their opponents.
Hoover didn’t bother with smiles and deception. He developed a pit bull personality early on. Because of this, many people hated him. But in most cases, he had obtained information that could cripple their careers, so most avoided conflict with Hoover. In our book, we describe some of the dirty secrets that Hoover knew about President and First Lady Roosevelt. The FBI director likely used these indiscretions to maneuver FDR to his side when the FBI suddenly ran out of money a few weeks before Skeegie was abducted. FDR, like a puppy-dog, allocated funds solely for the Cash kidnapping case.
The Kidnapping and Murder of Little Skeegie Cash tells a poignant story of child abduction, a mother and father’s disabling grief, and the search for a psychopath.
But behind the scenes, J. Edgar Hoover’s manipulation of all people in his orbit shows that he was a deeply disturbed and dangerous individual.