Fiction: The Butterfly Dragon: Valkyra's Deal by Brian Joseph Johns
Once Torman had obtained the business or investment, his gang would then pressure for its growth. They'd encourage customers to buy from the business. Encourage suppliers to give generous discounts. Encourage media outlets to spread the word with discounted advertising and marketing. Within a few months, the business would be booming. That's when Torman would sell. As simple as that.
Unbeknownst to Valerie, Torman also operated the same way with women. If he'd see a woman that he wanted, he's have the gangs under his control affect their lives in negative ways anytime those women socialized with other men. Whenever she would deal with Torman, the gangs would then make her life great behind the scenes. Between these two extremes of treatment they'd often lead directly to Torman. In fact that was how he'd become involved with Valerie. A crime that went unpunished.
In the end, Grier Torman was found guilty of murder, racketeering, extortion and many other charges, though posthumously.
The lawyers and accountants would spend another decade fighting over his remaining finances and estate, something with which Valerie had wanted no part. She severed her ties with Torman, and the courts had merely ensured that fact. She was once again Valerie Aspen, Corporate And Business Analyst and would have to survive as such in the aftermath of the justice done.
She was never the type of woman to let a man run her life, and Torman was no exception. She continued her life as usual, using her incredible business and strategy skills to further Torman's business interests, though unlike him all of her effort was legal and very profitable. Deep inside she'd felt overlooked by him during those times. Like she could have very well struck out on her own and made a good living. Reclaim her independence and find someone that truly appreciated her.
At that time she didn't understand how literal his name would become. His demise ultimately would come on Treadwater Island, for she was close when it did. As close as two could be while one occupied another's body. She could still hear the screams in her head when he'd died.