Category: Cons and Frauds
Picking Out Of A Line-Up: Well-Worn Paperbacks

Five true-crime plane reads to snag from the used bookstore…or leave for another victim

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Most Wanted: September 26, 2016

A Jane Doe unmasked, a repeat offender, and what Trump (accidentally) got right

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Most Wanted: August 22, 2016

The Grim Sleeper, a Munchausen’s-by-proxy victim stands up, and more

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Picking Out Of A Lineup: Drug Documentaries

ID the right true-crime content for you with our time-saving new system! Olivia Lenius has more…

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Money-Makers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters

If colonial paper-hanging sounds dry, just add Ben Tarnoff

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit and the Big Lie

Mark Seal’s assured account only stumbles once

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The Imposter: The past isn’t past

Though [Bourdin] emphasized his cunning, he acknowledged what any con man knows but rarely admits: it is not that hard to fool people. People have basic expectations of others’ behavior and are rarely on guard for someone to subvert them. By playing on some primal need — vanity, greed, loneliness — men like Bourdin make their mark further suspend disbelief. […]

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