Martin Shkreli: Douche Who Jacked Up Medication Cost Also Stalked an Entire Family

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By now, you've likely heard the name Martin Shkreli.

In case you've had your fingers buried knuckle-deep in your ears in hopes of shutting out the anguished wails of the millions who might suffer as a result of Shkreli's deplorably greedy actions, allow us to fill you in:

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Shkreli is a 32-year-old hedge fund manager and executive chairman of Turing Pharmaceuticals who raised the price of Daraprim - a life-saving drug used for the treatment of toxoplasmosis that's listed as an "essential medicine" by the World Health Organization - from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

That's a 5,455% price increase that may make the drug unaffordable for millions of HIV patients who depend upon it for survival.

That's a lot to take in, but all you really need to know is that is that Shkreli is the King Douche who makes Donald Trump look like Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela all combined into some sort of humanitarian Voltron.

Anyway, it's been open season on Shkreli ever since the world learned that this rich little prick is getting richer by becoming America's newest death profiteer, and the folks at Gawker have unearthed an interesting tidbit from this dick weasel's past.

It all started when Shkreli accused a former employee named Timothy Pierotti of stealing $1.6 million from him.

Rather than leaving the matter up to the courts like someone who actually has a sound case, Shkreli wrote a letter to the man's wife, claiming that he had offered Pierotti $40,000 for the "safe return" of his money, which would be entirely unnecessary if there were any truth to Shkreli's version of events.

"I hope to see you and your four children homeless and I will do whatever I can to assure this," Shkreli concluded, sounding very much like a graduate of the C. Montgomery Burns School of Business.

In case you were worried that he stopped there, like someone who's only partially out of his gourd, fear not:

Shkreli went on to harass Pierotti's daughters on Facebook, sending messages that read, "I'm surprised you don't know who I am," or simply, "He betrayed me."

Shkreli proceeded to (allegedly) hack into Pierotti's social media accounts and change all of his passwords. He also texted Pierotti's wife with baffling messages such as, "Hey sweetheart."

When the police were contacted, Shkreli told them he had no idea who Pierotti is. He proceeded to settle out of court when sued by the Pierotti family.

So there you have it. Martin Shkreli - cartoonish geek-villain name, cartoonish geek-villain level of psychosis.

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