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Category: Identity/Imposters
A Fake McCoy
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
The real McCoy has her identity stolen. Fake McCoy still at large.
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Is Peter Lynds a Hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
Recently a 27-year-old New Zealander named Peter Lynds has been getting a lot of attention. He's been hailed as the next Einstein because he's come up with an entirely new theory of time. And he's done this without having any formal qualifications as a physicist. But suggestions that Peter Lynds may be nothing more than a hoax have been cropping up. Some have even doubted the guy's existence. The Guardian investigated and found that Lynds was real enough, but that his work hasn't exactly wowed everyone in the Physics community. And that thing about him being the next Einstein... that may trace back to an offhand remark by Lynds himself. Update 8/17/03: A visitor has…
Long-Lost Daughter Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 01, 2003
Woman cruelly poses as long-lost daughter of couple. Who knows what deranged motive was behind what she did. The woman, Donna Walker, has now been arrested.
Death of a Con Artist
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2003
David Hampton, the man who conned New York socialites by posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, as well as being the inspiration for the play Six Degrees of Separation, died last month at the age of 39.
An Irish Life
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A New Jersey DJ charmed listeners with her thick Irish brogue and tales of her life growing up in the Emerald Isle. Just one problem. She grew up in New Jersey. (Via the hoaxes community on LiveJournal)
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Woman stalks herself
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
Here's an odd story: an assistant professor at LSU is accused of sending threatening letters to herself.
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Princess Caraboo Parking Lot
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 27, 2003
I've just learned from a resident of Bristol that the gravesite of Princess Caraboo is soon going to be paved over and turned into a parking lot. It seems a poor way for Bristol to treat one of its most famous historical figures. I found one page protesting the planned parking lot.
Princess Caraboo Portrait
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
An 1817 portrait of Princess Caraboo done by Thomas Barker is going up for auction at Christie's soon. Bidding is supposed to reach at least £6000. If I had the money I'd bid on it. It would go nicely above my desk.
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The Unknown Man
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2003
The strange case of a man whose death revealed that he had been living as an imposter almost his entire life. His true identity is unknown.
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The Kingdom of Mombessa
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
The adventures of Baron Moncrieffe and the mythical Kingdom of Mombessa. The Baron turns out to be a con man, and the Kingdom doesn't exist.
The French Rockefeller
Posted by The Curator on Sat May 31, 2003
Update on the criminal career of Christopher Rocancourt. He recently confessed to having scammed people by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. Why people would have believed that a Rockefeller would be speaking with a thick French accent, I still can't understand.
Fake Paraplegic
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 28, 2002
In Australia a fake paraplegic faces charges of fraud. He walked into the court house unaided, using his fully functioning legs.
I Am Turok
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 14, 2002
Here's a strange publicity stunt: a London company is seeking five people who are willing to officially change their name to Turok for one year. These people will then be walking, talking billboards helping to spread the word about the X-Box game called 'Turok: Evolution.'
The Asian Prince
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 13, 2002
Someone wrote in with some new info about the Asian Prince website, which I have listed in my Hoax Websites Gallery. I stated that I wasn't sure if the Asian Prince was a hoax or not, but this reader reveals that the Prince's name "Wo-Hen Nankan" means "I am very ugly" in Mandarin. A clue that the site really is a hoax.
Medical Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 13, 2002
Interesting story in the Toronto Star about a man who was practicing medicine with fake credentials. But he didn't receive a single complaint about his practice. He was only exposed when the Ontario College of Physicians did a thorough check of the credentials of all medical practitioners in the area. It recalls the case of the Great Imposter, Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who once posed as a naval surgeon named Dr. Joseph Cyr and actually performed a lung operation on an injured soldier, even though he had never had a day of surgical training in his life. The operation was a success. He was only discovered to be a fake because someone recognized his picture when it appeared in…
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