People who commit serious crimes live their daily lives trying to control others. Their self-esteem depends upon it. Some are obvious in that they bully and threaten. Others are more clandestine, insinuating themselves into the lives of others, maneuvering, casing out vulnerabilities, then preying upon them. Such individuals conceal their motives and do not announce their intentions.
In their unceasing pursuit of control, these people fortify an insatiable psychological need. They may attain positions of considerable power which they utilize to further inflate their sense of self-importance. They treat others as they would pawns on a chessboard. Because they are admired, their faults are overlooked, sometimes not even recognized. Colleagues and peers endure their exploitative and abusive conduct which only serves to reinforce their sense of invulnerability.
I call these individuals “secret controllers” because they are not perceived as controlling. They are successful in attaining what they want. Rarely do others challenge them. These people may not be seen accurately for who they really are until they have done irreparable damage. When a secret controller encounters a major threat to his ego, his response may be cataclysmic, appearing completely out of character.