France: The $2,000,000 Grudge

Marcel Ermacora, 51, knows how to nurse a grudge. The son of a poverty-stricken Italian family, Ermacora served in Algeria with the French Foreign Legion and later developed a fierce resentment against his adopted country for abandoning its former colony. So when he went to work as an assistant accountant for the prosperous firm of Carel Fouché Languepin, manufacturers of railroad equipment, he decided to take his revenge. As he told a judge in Paris: "My company was a representative of French capitalism and as such responsible for abandoning Algeria."

To punish his firm, and by extension, French capitalism, he...