He clearly saw himself as the master puppeteer, whether with the strings of gifts or guilt.
Many have pointed out since that such tactics were designed to mask his guilt.
Relevant documents pointing to their guilt were all destroyed, Murmelstein says at one point.
to make someone feel guilty, esp. in hopes of getting them to do something
He guilted her into calling her mother-in-law.
Old English gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.
"to influence someone by appealing to his sense of guiltiness," by 1995, from guilt (n.). Related: Guilted; guilting. Old English also had a verbal form, gyltan "to commit an offense."