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Top 10: From Harvard to Prison; Crooks, Embezzlers, Murderers and More! UPDATED

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Harvard murder suicide student coed co-ed students from harvard to murder jail indicted prison JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubThere is this story that I love that dates back the philosophy of ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang-Zhu that is retold in one of my favorite picture books, Zen Shorts by Jon Muth. It goes roughly like this, a farmer’s horse escapes and his neighbors say, “Bad luck!” But then the horse returns with a wild horse. “Good luck!”, the neighbors cry out. The farmer’s son tries to tame the horse and breaks his leg. “Bad luck, the neighbors say. But then the army comes through recruiting and skips the boy because of his broken leg. “Good luck!,” they say. And so it goes.

Your child gets into Harvard and it’s a dream come true. Well… not for these parents, particularly of the Vietnamese American girl who was murdered by her psychotic Harvard room mate who went on to kill herself. These folks all distinguish themselves by getting themselves into Harvard and then into jail. This list was harder to pull together than one would think. It’s not like Harvard goes around bragging about its distinguished prison inmate alums!

Honorable Mention

Oded Aboodi, Insider Trading

He didn’t go to jail but “Oded Aboodi agrees to $931,000 penalty in insider trading case. He was an architect of the firm’s 1990 merger.”

Thank you to Karen Bergreen for this one. We are all the same class of ’87.

10. Ester Reed, fraud and identity theft

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9. Eugene N. Plotkin, Insider Trading

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8. Andre Shliefer, International Insider Trading

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7. Jeffrey K. Skilling, former President of Enron convicted of multiple federal felony charges relating to Enron’s financial collapse

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6. Adam Wheeler, faked way into Harvard including winning $45,000 in grants, scholarships, financial aid and other funds that he didn’t deserve

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5. Britney Smith, accessory to murder at Kirkland House ( Harvard Dorm)

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4. Alexander Pring-Wilson, involuntary manslaughter for stabbing to death a teenager who made fun of him

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3. Jose Luis Razo, multi-tasked baseball team away games with robbing convenience stores

* I actually met Jose when I was at Harvard. My roommate  set up our other roommate with his roommate for a formal dance (confused?) and he came over with two of his friends to meet our roommate. He seemed like a nice guy and he had attended Servite (a Catholic school that was the brother school to the roommate we were setting up). His family later said they gave him spending money. It turns out that being a dark skinned Latino made him uncomfortable at Harvard … it was as if everyone expected him to be a criminal. It was never about the money. Tragic story!

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2. Sinedu Tadesse, murdered her Harvard roommate then killed herself

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1. Theodore Kaczynski, Unabomber

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Honorable Mention

Richard Whitney, Embezzler from Great Depression Era

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And, if they are lucky, they can spend time with fellow Harvard alum, Avi Steinberg,  who is a prison librarian.

Avi Steinberg: From Harvard to Prison Librarian

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5 Responses to “Top 10: From Harvard to Prison; Crooks, Embezzlers, Murderers and More! UPDATED”

  1. On March 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Ima tallboy

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    that is not oded aboodi, might as well take it down.

  2. On November 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    n barritt

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    Pretty soon you’ll need a HARVARD degree to get into prison…Ha ha

  3. On December 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Jack Ramirez

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    You forgot to mention Prof. Amy Bishop (Harvard PhD) of the 2010 University of Alabama shooting.

    Also, in recent news, Harvard sophomore Eldo Kim belongs to this list

    • On December 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm admin responded with... #

      Hi Jack,
      Yes, great additions! Thank you! I’ll add to the list!

  4. On January 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hector J Meza

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    Another Harvard “pupil” , Leopoldo Lopez from Venezuela, has been found guilty of conspiration against the elected government AND the stimulation of crowd to irrespet, hurt or kill cops and destroy public property, at the end of February of 2013 FIFTY PEOPLE WERE KILLED , MANY PROPERTIES BURN DOWN AND MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND HURT IN THE RIOTS ENDED IN HOSPITALS, Today Mr. Lopez is in a prison out of Caracas and the new elected congress promised to creat laws to free Lopez and other Criminals. ( Lopez received a president Pardon few years ago, now it apply again for PARDON). It seems that Harvard make “very distinguished CRIMINALS”

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