Lizzy Spells

Articles, books, documentaries, miniseries … perhaps no story in modern business crime has been covered more exhaustedly or exhaustingly than that of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. What can one say. We love truth-challenged, malignant narcissists with criminal tendencies. NYT (Free Article): Liz Holmes Wants You to Forget About Elizabeth. “If you hate Elizabeth Holmes, you probably think her feigned perma-hoarseness was part of an elaborate scheme to defraud investors. If you are a person who is sympathetic to Holmes, then the James Earl Jones inflection was a sign of the impossible gymnastics that female founders must perform to be taken seriously. If you spend time with Holmes, as I did, then you might come away like me, and think that, as with many things about Holmes, it was both. Either way, even Evans agrees, the voice was real weird.”

+ More in the mood for a different financial crime that duped powerful investors? The Atlantic: The Billion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme That Hooked Warren Buffett and the US Treasury. “His invention, he thought, was ‘crazy, harebrained.’ But investors saw the makings of a clean-energy revolution.”

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