Friday, June 24, 2005


Truth Much Stranger than Fiction

Have you seen the film Catch Me If You Can?

It brings together two of the most insufferable movie stars of all time, Tom Hanks and Leo De Crapio, in the tale of Frank Abagnale, an international con-man. Abagnale later went straight and made a lot of money out of his story.

But just as no American serial-killer even approaches the record of Britain's Harold Shipman, neither can the amateur Abagnale hope to compete with British conman Robert Freegard.

Freegard was working as a barman in an agricultural college when he started pretending to some of the students that he was a secret agent investigating suspected terrorism there. He managed to "recruit" them, and get them to carry out all sorts of bizarre exercises, as well as robbing them of large amounts of cash.

And then it got even weirder.

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