Disguised Blessings-A wife’s story of her Wall Street husband turned bank robber- By: Jeanne Callahan Trantel

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If you know the true story of Stephan Trantel, Wall Street husband turned bank robber, you need to read this book.

If you are not familiar with it, please don’t bother. This book needs some serious editing.

I think I first saw this story on Who The Bleep Did I Marry? And, I found it fascinating.

In his interviews, Stephan came off as not having learned his lesson, and still a quite bit cocky and arrogant.

His wife Jeanne, appeared to be a strong phoenix rising from the ashes and I felt sympathetic towards her and was glad when I found this book, because I really wanted to hear her full side of the story.

I wish I hadn’t bothered.

I liked her before I read the book, and now I don’t care much for her at all and have difficulty even summoning up a reasonable amount of sympathy.

Please understand, I do not condone what her husband did. After the economic collapse, he lost his Wall Street job and ended up robbing banks instead of looking for another job.

I do however, like many others, feel his wife unknowingly played a part in his decision.

See, she was accustomed to their lifestyle and I see her leaving very little if any room for that changing.

She came across as very weak and spoiled.

During the time her husband was robbing banks, she thought he was having an affair. Yet, she never sat him down to discuss things. Yes, she ‘tried’ of sorts to get him to sit down, but I doubt she would have confronted him.

She wasn’t about to rock the boat and have her lifestyle changed.

I totally do not blame him for not telling her he lost his job. Not one single bit. I wouldn’t have either.

In the book she mentions that had she  known, she would have gladly gotten a job.

Give me a moment to stop laughing over that statement

I do sympathize with her simply on the basis it would suck to discover your husband had robbed ten banks, and certainly embarrassing for the whole world to know.

But, she seems to be very selfish and firm in her selfishness.

And, she was beyond spoiled. She got an ‘allowance’ from her husband and had no idea how to write a check and didn’t even have her own bank card.

Being spoiled and well cared for by a husband is one thing, being ignorant is another…

So, again, if you know the story, read it…if not, then give it a pass.


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