Fake Teens

Perpetual adolescence may sound like hell, but these folks went to astounding lengths to make it happen... Part I: James Hogue, self-educated cowboy and Ivy League track star Part II: Brian McKinnon and other fake students Part III: Predatory Fake Teens Part IV: Serial Teen Treva Throneberry, the female Peter Pan Part V: Frederic Bourdin,... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens VI: Online Teens

One of the following two stories ends in tragedy. The other ends somewhat happily for everyone. But both shine a bright light into the depths of online deception. I see these cases not so much as suspense thrillers (like the documentaries made about them), nor cautionary tales (as the media presents them), but as reminders... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens V: Serial Teen Frederic Bourdin

This case bears some resemblance to Arthur Hutchens' 1928 impersonation of the missing Los Angeles boy Walter Collins, but there are darker twists to the tale.A Changeling in Spain13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing from San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. On June 10, he phoned home to ask for a ride after playing basketball with his... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens IV: Serial Teen Treva Throneberry

The next two fake teens in this series were "serial teens", people who posed as teenagers over and over again in multiple locations for reasons that are barely comprehensible.Treva vs. BriannaIn the spring of 1997, a teenager turned up at Glad Tidings Church in Vancouver, Washington. She was a tall, solidly built girl with brown... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens Part III: Predatory Fake Teens

Our next four fake teens had darker motives than just recapturing their lost youth.Two-Time MormonIn 1994, a young Mormon known (by request) only as Jessica was serving her church mission in Santa Monica when she met a sad and bedraggled homeless boy, 15-year-old Scott Davion. He said he had left his home state, New York,... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens Part II: Brian MacKinnon and Other Fake Students

Close, but no degreeLike the career criminal James Hogue, Brian MacKinnon of Scotland tried to recapture lost opportunities by impersonating a high school student. He just wasn't terribly good at it.From boyhood, Brian wanted to be a doctor. And at the age of 18 he was on his way, leaving Bearsden Academy in East Dunbartonshire... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens Part I: James Hogue

"You ever come across anything like time travel?" - Uncle Rico, Napoleon DynamiteJames Arthur Hogue, now 51, was possibly the first high-profile fake teen. Unlike the "serial teens" we'll meet later in this series, his reasons for impersonating a high-schooler weren't terribly complex: He wanted a second shot at athletic glory, and he felt entitled... Continue Reading →

The Girl in the Fire

On the night of November 19, 1995, a fire broke out at the Town Hall in the village of Wem, not far from Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The building was engulfed in flame when a local man named Tony O'Rahilly stood across the road and snapped a photo of the front entrance, capturing what is inarguably one... Continue Reading →

Psychic Detectives

Part I: Intro/Gerard Croiset and Peter HurkosPart II: Dorothy Allison and Noreen RenierPart III: Sylvia Browne, Psychic ClownPart IV: Other "Notables" (including Allison DuBois)Addendum: Uri Geller

Pants Afire Awards

The Pants Afire Award goes to the least credible people I've written about here on Swallowing the Camel. And the lucky winners are... Benjamin Fulford, saving the world with Freemasonic ninjas Larry Sinclair - Obama's gay lover and his murder allegations James Frey - Bad writer, no Pulitzer! Sylvia Browne, the whiskey-throated emodiment of epic... Continue Reading →

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