In Washington D.C. Superior Court, Jamyra Gallmon entered a plea of guilty in the murder of DLA Piper law associate and supposed happily married man, David Messerchmitt. She could serve 18 to 25 years in prison.
Admittedly, most of us live bits and pieces of a double life.
The buttoned-down banking executive might have developed a habit of using the services of upscale escorts a few times a month.
The Boy Scout leader enjoys gambling too much. It could become an addiction but isn't yet.
The high school teacher who keeps winning awards for excellence in instruction uses a pen name to publish critical articles about public education.
Most of the time, folks who enjoy stepping out of their box won't run into trouble. After all, living a double life is a continuum. We can take small steps on that path.
But, the situation could get out of hand. And behavior becomes reckless.
Former management consultant and Fortune 100 board member, Rajat Gupta, became embedded in insider trader with the miscreants at Galleon hedge fund. He is serving a two-year prison term.
Upright law-and-order conservative, Richard Nixon, who was a trained lawyer, broke the law. He also played around with excess boozing and lacing his conversations with profanity. He resigned his job at the White House.
In his personal life creative rockstar, Don Draper of "Mad Men," spreads poison. He is incapable of having a relationship and suffers because of it.
When we take those first tentative steps out of our box, we have no way of predicting if any parts of the new experiences will go very wrong. That could be why New England thought leader Henry David Thoreau observed that most human being live lives of quiet desperation.