Case Studies


Duggar Family

Duggars in Trouble


Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five young girls (four of whom were his sisters and one the family babysitter) while in his teens. More than a year passed between when Josh confessed his crimes to his parents and when his parents reported the crime to a police officer, who was a friend. During that time, several more incidents of molestation took place. Smiling as they described him as a very "sly" molester, Jill and Jessa literally laughed off the charges against Josh and attacked the media for "exploiting" them as though they were "porn stars." Ashley Madison - a website designed to help married people find cheating partners - was hacked, and thousands of its clients were revealed. Josh was found to have two paid accounts with the service. Shortly after the Ashley Madison news broke, an adult film actress named Danica Dillon came forward, claiming Josh paid her thousands of dollars to have sex with him on more than one occasion. She later filed a civil suit for assault, claiming that the sex was so rough that she felt as though she'd been raped.

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Wounded Warrior Logo

Wounded Warrior Project


WWP is a nonprofit organization providing free programs and services to wounded veterans. Veterans eligible are those injured on or after September 11, 2001. Services offered include: mental health counseling, physical health services, career counseling, and many others. Suspicions arose around the Wounded Warrior Project in early 2016 after a CBS News investigation revealed extensive spending in comparison to other similar charities. Investigation revealed that conference expenses (hotels, parties, dinners, etc) had inflated from $1.7 million in 2010 to $26 million in 2014. CEO, Steven Nardizzi, and COO, Al Giordiano were trusted with using funds to further the mission statement of WWP. Instead of using the money appropriately, Nardizzi and Giordiano allocated funds to expensive hotels for retreats (even when the retreat was local), lavish entrances on horseback to conferences, repelling down walls for gatherings, and huge parties with unlimited food and drink. Instead of being transparent about the harsh truth, WWP justified their reckless spending by saying they did so to maintain a healthy work environment among employees.

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Jonchunck and his daughter

The Long Fall of Pheobe Jonchunk


John Jonchunck Jr. removed his daughter, Phoebe, from bed late at night on January 7, 2015, got in his car and drove 100 mph towards Sunshine Skyway Bridge, stopped on the bridge and got out of his car. A cop hollered at Jonchunck to stop, but Jonchunck held Phoebe over the guardrail and let go. She was only 5 years old. An autopsy found fluid in her lungs, bruises on her jaw, lip, and back and scrapes near her ear and ankle. She also had blood on her brain. The autopsy ruled she drowned. Jonchuck’s family and friends describe him as a con artist: manipulative, vindictive, and violent. He forged checks, faked falls and believed in demons not God. He was a schemer using the courts for profit and revenge and a paranoid, angry meth addict, arrested for battery and domestic violence seven times. He had been involuntarily committed, by his family’s count, 27 times. But Jonchuck loved and adored his daughter and Phoebe loved him in return. “He was a monster,” said his uncle, Bryan Morris. “Born evil,” said Tim Maynard, Bryan’s partner for more than two decades.

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