This page was formerly occupied by an “open letter from Jay Weidner written on December 15, 2001, approximately two weeks after Mr. Weidner became aware of Vincent Bridges’ “shady background” as a result of our investigative report which has become part of our case studies in psychopathy.
Mr. Weidner seemed to be sincerely anxious to “make amends” for having been manipulated by Bridges” to think that we had “shafted” him in regards to the Zaca Lake conference. He was also apologizing for several vicious emails he had sent us which he stated had been as a result of being misinformed about the conference by “Vincent Bridges”. He also seemed to be sincerely interested in getting to the truth and assisting in revealing “Vincent Bridges” history of conning others so as to make the information available to others who might be similarly targeted by Bridges” in the future.
Jay wrote to us telling us that he was under the impression that the event at Zaca Lake was “sponsored” by Ark and Laura in conjunction with Vincent Bridges – obviously, what Bridges” wanted him to believe. As we have stated elsewhere, Bridges presented this conference as a big affair for which he already had a large audience. It was only when we cancelled that he informed us that WE were the “main attraction” and that most of the attendees were being drawn from our readers. We then realized that we were being used to attract the attendees, that he really did not have a large audience already. In short, the whole affair took on the appearance of a con job for the purpose of making money using us.
Mr. Weidner then stated that he was so irate because he thought we had “screwed Zaca Lake Charity out of $8,000.00.” We are uncertain as to how this was possible since we don’t think that there were enough attendees signed up for the conference that, after deducting expenses, there would be eight grand left. Also, Vincent Bridges had clearly stated that any monies left over after expenses would accrue to himself, and he would see to it that we received an “honorarium.” We didn’t really expect any money from the conference since we were mostly doing it as a favor to Vincent to help him get his “publishing company” off the ground, which would have been advantageous to us as well, since he was going to publish our books.
Nevertheless, Mr. Weidner informed us that there was a charity involved, and that funds from the conference had been slated to go to this charity, and the figure was $8,000.00.
Mr. Weidner continued his letter by informing us that Vincent Bridges claims about the book they wrote together were “out and out lies.” He then informed us that Vincent Bridges owed him thousands of dollars since he financed their research trips. (The figure was later give as $3000.00)
Mr. Weidner concluded his letter with a heartfelt plea to Vincent Bridges to “set his career, and life, back in order.” He had the idea that this could be accomplished if Bridges” would just apologize to everyone publicly for his misrepresentations.
Now, coming forward to the present: We have just received a letter from Mr. Weidner telling us that our posting of his letters has essentially served his purpose. He informs us that he has now entered into a legal agreement with Vincent Bridges that he finds “satisfactory to me [“Jay Weidner”].” He then states that Bridges has paid him back the $3,000.00 he owed, and that he has “apologized for his mistakes.” Next, he tells us that the copyright problem has been straightened out as well as the ownership of Aethyrea Books.
This last issue relates to the fact that we discovered through the tax collector’s office as well as the Secretary of State’s office in North Carolina, that Vincent Bridges did not own a legally registered company and therefore, any of his representations as being a publisher were fraudulent and misleading. Jay Weidner later filed the corporation papers on Aethyrea Books LLC, and this was the first time that it had existed as a legal corporation.
At some later point, Vincent Bridges posted on the internet in numerous places that Ark and Laura had “blackmailed” Jay Weidner into writing the letters that we posted on our site at Jay’s request. Jay then provided a letter declaring that “Vincent Bridges was an “out and out liar.” The fact is, Jay Weidner contacted us, not the other way around as the published correspondence will show.
Several other letters were published by us, on behalf of Jay Weidner, in our ongoing effort to expose a serious internet predator – Vincent Bridges – who has a history of theft, lies and fraud. Mr. Weidner has now informed us that he wishes to just let the whole thing drop because he is satisfied; he got his money back, he got an apology, and “the many things said in those letters is no longer true.”
As a certain member of the research team pointed out regarding such a position: “Since when does truth become ‘no longer true?’ Who decides, and who’s truth was it in the first place? Does something become not true, which once was true?”
What concerns us here, of course, is that there is nothing in Mr. Weidner’s attitude that suggests concern for other people Vincent Bridges has, or will con others in the future.
So, the bottom line is: even though Mr. Weidner has a price – and rather low, at that – I don’t think that Mr. Bridges will be able to “persuade” any of the other contributors to the documentation of his fraudulent life to retract what they have said.
And so, at his request, we are removing Jay Weidner’s letter. The reader interested in the study of psychopathy might want to next read more recent exchanges with Jay Weidner.