I have tipped off my sociopath that I’m aware of what he is, as well as past crimes. He has already subjected me to unthinkable violations. How can I protect myself now?
It’s difficult for me to come up with any specific recommendation as I know not what your relationship was or is with this man … partner, co-worker, family member, supervisor, etc., and for how long. If his past crimes could mean incarceration, your safety could be at risk.
But generally speaking, the number one suggestion would be to move far away with no forwarding information. If he just found out, as you said, your problems are just beginning. He likely believes you are a threat to exposing him, and will always be. Being far away diminishes that threat to some level.
If moving is not an option, which is often the case, then become transparent. Change your phone numbers, your email addresses, etc. You may also have legal substantiation for a restraining order, which must be signed by a judge.
If that’s not possible, a cop can write him up a criminal trespass warning. You would need to call 911 when he was on your property, and express your fear of him. The cops show up and simply write him a warning for criminal trespass. If he steps on your property again, call 911 and he’ll be arrested for criminal trespass.
A restraining order is much more powerful, but you would need to speak with an attorney about going forward with that. Also, as mentioned throughout this site, obtaining hard evidence will only help your predicament, such as audio recordings.
I’m not positive, but I believe that in all 50 US states you can record a face-to-face conversation secretly, but some states require both parties on a phone conversation be aware of the recording. In most states, though, you can record phone calls with just one party knowing, and that’s you. You will need to determine your local laws.
If you decide to go that route, I suggest visiting your local Apple Store and check out their iPods. A sales associate can tell you the recording capabilities of each model (in hours), and then pick up a lavaliere microphone from Amazon. I believe iPods require mics with a 2.5mm jack.
Do everything you can to avoid him.