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15,881. One of the most sensational murder trials in American criminal history is about to begin. The crime is mysterious – a victim buried in a LA garden and his still missing wife. But the accused – Clark Rockefeller – is the biggest mystery of all. Rockefeller came to America as a young German hustler on a road trip to Hollywood. He turned into the greatest conman the country has ever seen. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) Six Million Dollar Conman: True Stories
15,882. 1985: the atmosphere in the house grew more and more toxic. Then in February 1985 without warning John and Linda Sohus vanished from San Marino. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) ibid.
15,883. Clark Rockefeller appeared in New York in 1992, eccentric millionaire and patron of the arts. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) ibid.
15,884. The unfolding story of Clark Rockefeller had made headlines around the world. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) ibid.
15,885. His lawyers said he was delusional and insane. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) ibid.
15,886. Linda Sohus is still missing; only John’s body was ever discovered. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) ibid.
68,015. Who Is “Clark Rockefeller”? NBC News
15,887. Christian Gerhartsreiter, 52, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of computer engineer John Sohus, 27, who was the son of his landlady in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino.
At the time Gerhartsreiter was claiming to be a British aristocrat called Christopher Chichester, a baronet related to Lord Mountbatten, and had adopted a fake English accent.
Mr Sohus’s wife Linda vanished along with her husband and prosecutors claimed Gerhartsreiter had almost certainly killed her too, although he was not charged with doing so. (Murder: Rockefeller & Conmen) The Telegraph online article 10th April 2013
68,009. My name is Frank William Abagnale. (Con & Name) Catch Me if You Can 2002 starring Leonardo diCaprio & Tom Hanks & Christopher Walken & Martin Sheen & Nathalie Baye & Amy Adams & James Brolin & Nancy Lenehan et al, director Steven Spielberg, opening scene
68,010. They call him the James Bond of the sky. ibid. geezer of newspaper report
68,011. Politics in a sense has always been a con game. (Con & Politics) Joe McGinniss
68,012. It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous. (Con & Religion) Gloria Steinem
68,013. I’m a con artist in that I’m an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn’t. (Con & Actor) John Lithgow
68,014. I’ve always loved movies about con men. I think con men are as American as apple pie. Bill Paxton
17,141. Conmen: the most devious of all criminals. Charming, cruel and calculating, they betray trust and devastate lives yet remain a complete enigma. (Conmen & Art) Conman Case Files s1e1: John Myatt & John Drewe, 2007
17,145. The 20th century’s biggest art fraud: a struggling artist was drawn into a con which would make millions, with the artist and conman secretly working together for almost a decade. (Conmen & Art) ibid.
15,267. Drewe: his masterstroke was the infiltration of the British art archives. (Conmen & Art) ibid.
16,268. ‘We reckon he’d done about 200.’ (Conman & Art) ibid.
16,269. The art world and the police were gathering evidence. (Conman & Art) ibid.
17,142. A man who callously conned his local community out of more than £200,000. In true psychopathic fashion Glenn Rycroft cold-heatedly manipulated his friends, his family and his community by doing the unthinkable: pretending he had cancer. (Conmen & Cancer) Conman Case Files s1e2: Glenn Rycroft: The Cancer Con
17,143. Working as an air steward, Rycroft approached his friends, family and neighbours with an amazingly lucrative but completely fictitious British Airways investment. (Conmen & Cancer) ibid.
17,144. His dramatic and unfounded claims of an inexplicable cult controlling his every whim were rejected by the judge, and the calous cancer conman received a custodial sentence … ‘a four year sentence.’ (Conmen & Cancer) ibid.
13,225. One of Britain’s most prolific and compulsive conmen whose criminal career spanned more than a quarter of a century and who has adopted at least 24 known aliases. His cons not only robbed people of their money but they also put people’s lives in great danger. Conman Case Files s1e3: Paul Blint: King Con
13,688. Walked into a hospital in Kettering Northants in 1983 posing as a locum doctor. ibid.
13,598. Paul Blint has commited over 100 offences, appeared in court over 20 times and spent almost a decade of his twenty-five-year conman career in custody. ibid.
13,275. The dramatic and shocking intricacies of one man’s elaborate crimes. Conman Case Files s1e4: Carl Hildebrandt
87,870. The men had created fictitious firms and businesses in a sophisticated scheme to fraudulently obtain almost £200,000 in government grants. ibid.
89,282. Stolen cheques had been converted to Krugerrands. ibid.
89,612. He faked his own death then stole a dead child’s identity. ibid.
116,621. A conman of the fame-obsessed millennium. He lied, cheated, defraude and terrorised celebrities, royals and anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path. Conman Case Files s2e3: Michael Hammond
116,622. Michael Hammond was makingn small amounts of money selling stories claiming to have slept with famous women, a claim the women in question vehemently denied. ibid.
116,623. It would not be the last time he adopted the persona of a policeman; it was to become his obsession. ibid.
68,024. Conmen: the most devious of all criminals. Conman Case Files s2e6: Emma Golightly
68,025. Over two years Emma Golightly posed as a highflying doctor, a millionairess and a tragic cancer victim and conned at least six known victims out of a quarter of a million pounds. ibid.
68,026. In 2004 Emma Golightly had met her first victim – Chris Williams. ibid.
68,027. Just three weeks after being thrown out by her first victim she moved in with her second victim. ibid.
68,028. She was Taylor Golightly, high flying doctor. ibid.
68,029. Cancer became a tool in her scam. ibid.
68,016. Conmen: the most enigmatic of the criminal fraternity. These expert liars and consummate manipulators use their intoxicating charm to prey upon the most prized human trait: trust, in order to make money and ravage lives. Conman Case Files s3e1: Hatton
68,017. To con a woman called Christine Handy out of half a million pounds. ibid.
68,018. She was being groomed by a conman called Marc Hatton. ibid.
68,019. He wanted Christine to believe that he was Alexander de Rothschild. ibid.
68,020. She had sold her £500,000 home. ibid.
68,021. She had his child. ibid.
68,022. He had actually been living with another woman. Monstrously, Marc Hatton had raped and sexually abused the woman’s young daughter. (Conman & Rape) ibid.
68,023. The monster was sentenced for all his crimes. ibid.
68,036. The conman who convinced his community he was a high flying barrister. Conman Case Files: Stephen Klenczar s3e3: Bogus Barrister
68,037. He was in reality a seasoned conman. ibid.
68,030. This criminal was not technically a con man. He was just a boy. Conman Case Files s3e4: James Cameron
68,031. The conman was a minor. He was just fourteen years old. ibid.
68,032. After studying his books in July 2004 James Cameron from his grandmother’s home launched his bogus website. ibid.
68,033. They quickly tracked the internet conman to his latest bogus office set up in Richmond in London. ibid.
68,034. The latest in a long line of taxi firms to be conned by the teenage trickster. ibid.
68,035. James Cameron’s luck had finally run out. ibid.
68,039. In the old days, a con man would be good looking, suave, well dressed, well-spoken and presented themselves real well. Those days are gone because it's not necessary. The people committing these crimes are doing them from hundreds of miles away. Frank Abagnale
68,040. We live in a quick-fix society where we need instant gratification for everything. Too fat? Get lipo-sucked. Stringy hair? Glue on extensions. Wrinkles and lines? Head to the beauty shop for a pot of the latest miracle skin stuff. It’s all a beautiful £1 billion con foisted upon insecure women by canny cosmetic conglomerates. (Con & Cosmetics) Joan Collins
68,041. The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away. Walter Kirn
68,042. It’s a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of the time. Roddy Doyle