John du Pont - Wikipedia
John E. du Pont, 28, scion of one of the world's largest fortunes and aspiring The relationship evolves from patronage to manipulation, drawing in John E. DuPont and the Foxcatcher Farm Murder that his mother left him in. John du Pont's mother and father had originally received the land as a wedding gift Was there a sexual relationship between Mark Schultz and John du Pont?. It was a real abuse relationship: He told me he pushed her into a Du Pont would say that his mom had sex with a Bulgarian, that he was.
He met the woman who would become his wife at a hospital after injuring his hand. She was not of his class, but he walked down the aisle, the neighbors gossiped, because taking a wife was a condition of his inheritance.
The marriage lasted less than a year; she left him, saying in a lawsuit that he drank heavily, pushed her into a fireplace, pointed a gun at her head and called her a Russian spy.
It had been part of William Penn's original charter for Newtown Township and was a wedding gift from her father. She held onto the place after her husband, Stinky Willie, departed in The white-columned mansion was a replica of President James Madison's Montpelier, a Virginia estate that was occupied for a time by some of those so-called "lesser du Ponts.
She never remarried and raised her youngest son alone, alongside her prized beagles and ponies. The four-legged creatures seemed more skilled at pleasing her by winning medals and ribbons than the boy did.
His mother looked down on wrestling, saying it was the sport of "ruffians. In one scene in the movie, he chases the horses from the barn after his mother dies. Burned into my memory That scene reminded me why the sight of that barn always scared me. It burned to the ground when I was about 8.
I was watching my favorite show, "Batman," on the big, new color TV in the family room when an eerie, orange glow lit up the night sky. For days afterward, Echo Valley smelled like steak night at summer camp. Some 30 horses perished in the fire. It was terrifying to pass the barn's burned-out hulk on the school bus. I'd cry at the thought of all those charred ponies and thoroughbreds.
The neighborhood gossip mill had a field day when John bought the replica police car and started writing warnings. Officer John, we called him. He seemed to particularly enjoy stopping a neighbor who drove a sporty red Alfa Romeo convertible. Du Pont let local police departments use his shooting range for weapons training. Officers rented houses on the estate on the cheap. He played the role of eccentric benefactor perfectly.
He had enough money and enough land to insulate his mental illness until it exploded in violence. The death of his mother was a turning point in John's life.
He changed the name of the estate to Foxcatcher Farm. And he really started going off the rails. The movie dishes up plenty of crazy. He claimed ghosts lived in the walls of his mansion and rigged them with razor wire.
He saw bugs crawling in the patterns on the Oriental rugs and felt them under his skin. He grew increasingly paranoid and menacing. His final descent Du Pont's entry into the annals of true crime came on January 26, John rolled down the window and asked, "You got a problem with me? Schultz's wife, Nancy, stepped onto the porch as du Pont fired a third shot into the dying man's back as he lay sprawled on the ground.
The shooter retreated to his mansion, where for two days he held off 75 cops, including 30 SWAT team members, many of whom had practiced on his firing range. Neighbors gathered at the gate and traded "Officer John" stories as police shined bright lights on the mansion and shut off the utilities. Du Pont was arrested when he emerged from his mansion to check on a boiler in the gatehouse.
There were strong suggestions in the movie that du Pont's interest in his wrestlers might have been more than that of a mentor. The movie played it with a heavy hand. Back in the real world, there were troubling allegations at the courthouse. A wrestling coach at Villanova University, which du Pont also lavished with his millions, sued for wrongful termination. He claimed he was fired after spurning du Pont's advances.
Villanova eventually discontinued the wrestling program. And, after du Pont was arrested on the murder charge, Villanova took his name off its sports pavilion.
Wrestlers were quoted in court depositions describing duPont's custom grappling move. Called "the Foxcatcher Five," it involved grabbing an opponent at his most vulnerable spot -- between the legs. In his book, Mark Schultz says he believes du Pont faked insanity during his murder trial. He cited a single anecdote that left him feeling a little sorry for his brother's killer: He said Du Pont confided in him about a riding accident he had when he was a boy.
John was caught on a fence, and his injured testicles became infected.
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They were removed and replaced with prosthetics. Du Pont was probably the richest man in the United States to stand trial for murder, says co-prosecutor Dennis McAndrews. He worked on the case with prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, who later sent former Penn State assistant football coach and serial child molester Jerry Sandusky to prison.
I covered Sandusky's trial inand ran into McAndrews. I had covered some of his cases as a cub reporter and there he was, advising McGettigan from the peanut gallery. The two now practice law together on Philadelphia's Main Line. Du Pont went on trial a year or two after O. Simpson's wealth funded a legal dream team that won his acquittal in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole, and waiter Ron Goldman.
Du Pont's prosecutors anticipated another dream team defense designed to convince the jury that he was legally insane.
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So they portrayed him the way they saw him, as "a self-absorbed, entitled rich guy," as McAndrews put it. Asked his view of du Pont, McGettigan did not mince words. Du Pont wasn't crazy; he was a jerk. He was a mean guy. Money was inconsequential to him. When you have years and years of enabling by scores of people because of your incredible wealth, it can veer into tragic circumstances. The defense made liberal use of brain scans, considered at the time to be a huge technical and evidentiary advance.
Prosecutors didn't deny he had issues but argued that they didn't meet the legal standard for insanity. By holing up in his mansion for two days, du Pont was acknowledging that he knew what he did was wrong, they argued. In an extended interview with ThePostGame, Mark discussed his unsettling relationship with du Pont, his reflections on his brother's murder 18 years later, and du Pont's grizzly secret Mark kept in confidence -- until now.
He had to take artificial testosterone supplements. He was thrown onto a fence by a horse and hurt his testicles, and then they got infected and he lost them. I haven't told many people that. He told me that in confidence. But he's dead now, so I guess it's OK. Did he have any romantic relationships? He didn't have any romance in his life. There was one girl who used to hang around. She was an Asian woman, and I think she looked at du Pont as a kind of sugar daddy who was going to help her get into acting.
She was the only person I ever saw around du Pont. It was a real abuse relationship: He told me he pushed her into a fireplace once. But I think he was in love with Valentin Jordanov, the wrestler who ended up inheriting most of his estate. Dave was killed on Valentin's birthday. What do you think attracted him to Valentin? Dave was the only one who could speak to Valentin in Russian. Dave showed up to a party one time in a Bulgarian soldier's uniform, [Note: Jordanov is a Bulgarian native] and du Pont started yelling at him and telling him to take it off, saying that it was an insult, that only a Bulgarian could wear the uniform.
Du Pont would say that his mom had sex with a Bulgarian, that he was part-Bulgarian. He wanted so badly to identify with Bulgarians, maybe because of Valentin. Valentin was the only one who could stand being around him!
I told him when he joined Team Foxcatcher that if he wants to stick around and make money, never learn English. If he knew English, du Pont would talk his ear off, because he did that to all of us, and it was unbearable. Sure enough, Valentin never spoke English, and he was the only one who could stand being around him. I think du Pont became infatuated with him.
Valentin doesn't celebrate his birthday anymore, after what happened on that day. It was also the most successful team in American wrestling history. This made associations with du Pont harder for Mark and Dave to resist. I don't know if this was true, that he got a doctorate degree in something. I never knew about that. Money had given du Pont rare power in the wrestling world -- his riches were unprecedented, and he was willing to spend at any cost if it served his interests of vanity and notoriety.
Du Pont's eccentricities and downward spiral were well documented in news reports and subsequent books chronicling the madness at Foxcatcher Farms. But Mark Schultz's memoir is the first time that the full story is being told from his own perspective. Foxcatcher is your own personal account of how your brother, Dave, was eventually murdered by John du Pont.
It isn't the first book to chronicle this story.
plot explanation - Why does John du Pont do that to Dave Schultz? - Movies & TV Stack Exchange
Why did you feel your perspective needed to be told? None of the other books were any good. I'm speaking in the first person. This is my story. I'm not saying what other people said, I'm telling you what happened. I'm not, like, a reporter who's researching other people. I'm the guy that it happened to. The first time you met du Pont, you were skeptical of him. You wound up working for him anyway. What did du Pont want? Where did this drive to run a wrestling program come from?
There were many, many motivations. I can give you several.
That probably wouldn't cover all of them. Number one, I think when he became involved in wrestling through me, he realized what the wrestling community was all about. It was kind of like a family. I think that was what he had always been missing in his life. He was a desperately lonely, sad person.
He wanted to be included and respected by a group of people that were the most highly respected people on earth. Unfortunately, you can't buy your way into that, you have to earn it. Wrestling is also a sport of close physical contact. When you wrestle, it's with the intention to cause physical pain. He had no physical contact in his life, and I think he looked to wrestling as a form of contact. He was taking the sport and perverting it, in a way, which I really resented.
I think he wanted the greatest, toughest guys on earth to say good things about him, to project an image. He wanted us to say great stuff about him, to use us to promote himself. He commissioned documentaries about that stuff.
But he would take the birthday cards he made us write to him, [where we] said he was the greatest and we loved him, and he would use that stuff against you in court if you turned on him. I never saw that coming. When du Pont first became involved with amateur wrestling, you had a sense that a multi-millionaire's interest in wrestling would be a boon for the sport. Now, of course, you know better.
How did you convince yourself to keep working for du Pont even when you started to realize he wasn't stable? In fact, the year I became the best wrestler in the world, the exact day I got back from the world championships, I got fired that day.
I was told it was because they couldn't afford me. They could, but they took my money and gave it to my brother [who was also coaching at Stanford]. Stability is the number one thing you need to be successful in anything.
I constantly had the rug pulled out from under me. I think people were jealous of me. I think people saw me as this guy who could conquer the world. I was fired twice. Du Pont fired me once, too. I was fired from Villanova and I never went back. All I cared about were the Olympics, and I needed a stable training environment.
Du Pont gave me that environment at Foxcatcher.