They may claim to help you face your fear, find yourself and achieve inner peace, but they have problems of their own. A look in photos at some motivational speakers’ legal troubles.
Police in Santa Fe, New Mexico are warning people to be aware of women offering soul cleansings to ward off evil spirits. It’s already happened to at least one man whose soul may or may not have been cleansed, but his wallet and bank account certainly were.
Clifford Michael Irving was an only child born to Jay and Dorothy Irving of New York on November 5, 1930. Little is known about his formative years, but later he became an investigative writer and reporter, best known for having successfully fobbed off his fake autobiography of Howard Hughes on publishers McGraw Hill, and almost getting away with it.
Financial wizards who use fountain pens, bank transfers and parachutes — golden or otherwise — to take the money and run.
Self-proclaimed “ghostbuster” Huang Jianjun of Guangzhou in China’s Guangdong Province, was arrested after allegedly performing an exorcism on a young woman’s vagina with his penis. The purported exorcism doesn’t seem to have gone so well for either of them.
Twenty outrageous cases of impersonation and false representation.
It seems that for every sucker born, there’s a grifter and a scam born too; from con artists like Elmyr de Hory and Frank Abagnale, Jr. to ingenious and not-so-ingenious hoaxes like the Lochness Monster and the Man in the Moon.
"Millie" is back in the news again. The Canadian senior citizen has a rap sheet that earned her the nickname "the Black Widow" — a sobriquet that helps trace her crimes across the various aliases that her (not always legal) multiple marriages have provided. As Melissa Stewart, she was convicted of drugging, running over and killing her second husband while still married to the first.
As fortunate as most people feel when they win a big payout in a lottery, the huge cash windfall often brings ill fortune, including swarms of freeloaders, money-hungry grifters, untimely death and even murder.
On May 6, 2013, three young women were rescued from a home in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the girls, 26-year-old Amanda Berry, went missing more than a decade ago. Her grieving mother won’t get to reunite with her daughter. She died two years after so-called psychic Sylvia Browne told her that Amanda was dead.