This is a question about the psychopaths (I think) who were my best friends. My supposed best friends asked me to do an enormous favor for them several years ago. I won’t go into what it was, but it required a lot of sacrifice on my part, but was extremely beneficial for them. They said many times that no one else would have done what I did for them, which is perfectly true. In the course of doing them this favor, I had to give them financial information which made it possible for them to steal money from me. And a year ago I found out that they did steal a great deal of money from me, as well as valuable personal property etc. They did this in such a way as to conceal their theft from me, again, I won’t go into how. After they realized that I had discovered their theft, they tried to manipulate me into signing legal papers without benefit of a lawyer and without being allowed to keep a copy of the papers. I did not sign these legal papers, and I later realized that these papers would have allowed my supposed best friends to transfer to themselves *all* of my property that they had not stolen yet. At the same time as they attempted to manipulate me into signing the legal papers, they tried to lure me to a place where they could have killed me with very little danger that they would be caught. Since then I have taken many precautions to protect my life and property from them, and I am safe. And, since I have evidence of what they have done, I am currently negotiating with them for a legal settlement to compensate me for the loss and suffering that they have caused me. My problem is that I don’t know how to deal with people like this. They don’t need the money they took from me- they are very wealthy, much more than I. They have fooled all of our common friends: everyone thinks, as I did, that they are unusually good people. They fooled me so completely that it is still hard for me to believe what they did to me. It feels like a nightmare from which I will wake up. Can you help me understand how it is possible for people to appear to be good friends and good people and yet reciprocate the enormous favor I did for them by trying to steal everything from me, even my life? It would be very helpful since I still have to deal with them on account of negotiating a legal settlement with them. Perhaps there are good articles or books that a layman would understand that you could recommend to me? Something that in particular would help me to negotiate with them.
Thank you so much!