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American criminal Dana Ewell orchestrated the murder of his parents and sister in order to become the executor of his grandmother's $400,000 trust account.
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At an early age, Dana showed a tendency to lie and fabricate stories. Having a comfortable home, money, expensive clothes and a secure future wasn't enough for the well-educated and highly intelligent child. He was ambitious, like his father, but unlike his father wasn't prepared to work to gain status and wealth.
Even during his time as a student at the University of Santa Clara, Dana felt the need to fabricate vainglorious stories about himself and achievements that simply didn't exist. As a compulsive liar, he managed to con fellow students and staff members into believing that he owned a company, which he said grossed $2.7 million. Part of his web of tales included the impression that he had become a stockbroker at 18 and an aircraft salesman, eventually leading him to the position of 'president' of his own aircraft company.
The lies were supported by Dana’s conspicuous use of wealth. He obsessed over money and designer clothes. He had a BMW at his disposal, and enough money to spend at a whim. But what outsiders weren't aware of was the reality of a father-son relationship that was strained to the point of non-communication. There is little doubt that revelations about Dana's concocting of absurd tales about himself embarrassed his father, and may have led to confrontations.
There is no evidence of physical abuse, or any allegations that Dale beat his son. There was also no indication as to why a compulsive liar with a fertile imagination, and an IQ of 180, could be capable of plotting the slaying of his own family. Whatever the cause, no doubt the fact that he would inherit $8 million and become the executor of his grandmother's $400,000 trust account on the death of his parents, fueled his deadly fantasies.
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