“…the devil has a weak spot for the wounded and the poor
For the hungry and the crafty and the wicked and the small…”
-Sivert Høyem, “Black & Gold”
The Villains’ Gallery is organized by traits: each section represents a gross character defect, and contains the persons for whom that defect is the defining characteristic.
GREED: Heather Bresch
Avarice is a common shortcoming, but our first villain takes greed to a level that almost warrants coining a new word. Who else could it be?
Heather Bresch richly deserves the top spot among the greedy villains for shamelessly choking the money out of sick children. Bresch is the CEO of Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen adrenaline delivery device. EpiPens (and similar devices) save the lives of hundreds of children every year – children who suffer from potentially deadly allergic reactions. In 2007, when Mylan acquired the EpiPen, a two-pack sold for $100: more than a handsome profit, considering industry experts calculate the approximate cost to manufacture an EpiPen at $30. Any small business owner will tell you how hard it is to make a 10% profit. The EpiPen – by the estimate above – carried a 70% profit margin upon its release in 2007.
Apparently, 70% profit was not enough for Heather Bresch; nor was the $2,500,000 she received as compensation in 2007. Over the next eight years, Bresch’s compensation increased to $18.9 million dollars. Where did all this money come from? During the same period, the price of the EpiPen two-pack rose from $100 to $415. As a result, many parents are now unable to afford saving their children from a deadly allergy attack. Heather Bresch seems to believe she needs an extra $12 million more than hard-working Americans’ children need to breathe. For shame!
Perversion of Justice: Aaron Persky
Aaron Persky may still be a judge, but “honorable” is a term that has nothing to do with this villain. Persky has a history of letting rapists off easy.
Most recently, Aaron Persky presided over the trial of Brock Turner, who raped an unconscious woman. Brock spent three months in jail – a punishment that has been aptly compared to being grounded for the summer. One doubts that Persky would have been so lenient if the victim had been his child. And that is the crux of the matter: Aaron Persky shows complete disregard for justice in favor of his own personal preferences. For shame!