On the 65th anniversary of his birth we examine the criminal career of astonishingly clever scam artist Frank Abagnale, who made a fortune writing bad checks. He also posed for months successfully as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, a Harvard-trained lawyer and even a professor.
Following yesterday’s horrific events, the city of Boston has seen an outpouring of good will from around the country. But as always, there is someone ready to take advantage of people’s good intentions in a tragic situation.
20 high-profile tricks and hoaxes pulled off for money, for attention and some just for fun.
Throughout much of her twenties, Treva Throneberry pretended to be a teenager. She wore pigtails and attended prom, and convinced those who helped her that she’d been a victim of heinous abuse at the hands of Satanists.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: Eight lawyers appeared in court Tuesday to testify about operations for Prenda, the most notorious “copyright troll” law firm, known for accusing Americans of downloading porn, and threatening to sue if they don’t pay up. They all reportedly "took the fifth."
It really is possible to find anything on Craigslist, but you never know who’s reading your ads.
Williams wanted great financial advice and Harvey Morrow wanted a mark to fleece. Unfortunately for Williams, the money ran out before his faith in Morrow and it cost him his life.
The zombie, who has been staggering slowly towards the limelight over the last 100 years, has finally made in to the forefront of public consciousness. A look at zombies in the public record and on the police blotter.
At the peak of his success, money manager Kenneth Wayne McLeod was living the high life off the savings of his many clients, who believed their money was safely invested and earning them interest. Though his Ponzi scheme was not remarkable, his victims were. They numbered in the hundreds, many were law enforcement employees.
When David Sartin found out that the love of his life was scamming him, he at first considered suicide. Then, realizing that suicide could backfire, he settled on the next best thing: revenge in the form of a slow and painful murder.